Organic Dairy Short Course for Ag Professionals

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2006: $66,250.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Meg Moynihan
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Annual Reports


  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Education and Training: general education and training


    This project developed, delivered, and evaluated a professional development training module called “Organic Dairy 101: A Workshop for Agricultural Professionals” at four locations in Minnesota and three in Wisconsin, training a total of 174 dairy and agriculture professionals. Two complementary training events reached 66 additional veterinary students and veterinary professionals in Wisconsin. Evaluation indicted a high level of participant satisfaction with the training, progress toward short and intermediate goals, and interest in further organic dairy training. Workshop topics that interested participants the most were veterinary strategies, farmer experiences/insights, and certification requirements.

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    Project objectives:

    This project made measurable made progress toward desired outputs and outcomes identified in our proposal:

    1. Six daylong trainings; four in Minnesota and two in Wisconsin
    2. 180 participants who have a better understanding of the principles and opportunities in organic dairy farming, and who are more able and receptive to working with transitioning and organic producers.
    3. New peer relationships among attendees, among presenters, among planners and implementers of the training program and the agencies/institutions they represent.
    4. Stronger relationships and more interaction between and among the SFA “alternative” MDI team and regional teams elsewhere in the state.
    5. Reference cards containing concise resource material indexed by topic for participants to use on the job and share with colleagues.
    6. Stronger relationships among MN and WI team members.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.