Dairy Farming Opportunities Can Keep Local Residents Employed
In this tough economy not many industries are thriving, but one dairy farm in Gilchrist County says agriculture is growing and the opportunities are endless.
Don Bennink of North Florida Holsteins says the people in Gilchrist County don't realize the value of what thrives in their area. For 31 years North Florida Holsteins of Bell has been a huge revenue generator in Gilchrist County, and as of this year, Bennink says agriculture is number one in Florida for revenue.
Bennink says, "we need to get our whole education system behind teaching and training our people to use what we have here."
Gilchrist County Administrator, Ron McQueen says, the agriculture community met with county commissioners recently and asked that there be more programs available to train residents to work at home in dairy farms.
McQueen says, "we shouldn't have to go outside of our community to find these managers and a lot of these positions you need to be highly qualified."
Gilchrist County does have a large 4-h community as well as Future farmers of America, however the managing positions in dairy farming usually require a four year degree and a heavy skill set.
It will be the decision of county commissioners to adopt a training program in dairy farming.
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