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The agriculture industry faces complex workforce challenges, which include adapting to environmental changes. Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class agriculture talent in good, quality jobs. In 2023, there were 2,779 registered apprentices served in the agriculture industry, a 55 percent increase over the past 5 years.

“The average age of farmers is 58.5 years old, and many do not have an identified successor. Meanwhile, aspiring dairy farmers face significant barriers to farm ownership. If farm loss continues at the current rate, the dairy industry and the rural communities that depend on it could be decimated in a generation.  Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship—the first registered Apprenticeship for farming in the nation—was specifically created to address this challenge.

New farmers face many barriers including a lack of knowledge in low-cost, sustainable methods, connections in agricultural infrastructure, and experience in business management. We address all these hurdles in our apprenticeship program by providing comprehensive training, support, and networking. The future depends on hardworking individuals who understand the importance of maintaining precious farmland, proper care for our beloved animals, and ultimately the very best dairy products we all love.”

-  Joseph Tomandl, lll, Executive Director, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

High-Demand Apprenticeship Occupations

Farmer Feeding Cows
  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Animal Caretakers
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
  • Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
  • Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

To explore more apprenticeship occupations in the Agriculture industry, view our Occupation Finder.

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