Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Organic Valley Donates $50,000 to School

"Through its Farmers Advocating for Organics fund, Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's oldest and largest cooperative of organic farmers, announced a $50,000 contribution to the University of Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers. The co-op's contribution is one of the school's most significant to date and will provide training and mentoring for students looking to a future in pasture-based organic dairy or livestock farming.

Organic Valley's contribution comes in an endowment as part of the WSBDF's recently launched endowment initiative. The initiative provides opportunities for organizations that value Wisconsin's agricultural heritage and rural communities to foster a new generation of farmers who will care for the land and grow its food. Since its inception in 1995, WSBDF has guided and inspired graduates into successful farming careers through winter classroom curriculum and business plan development, on-farm internships, farm field trips, conferences and networking."

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