Two new Ohio State certificate programs, aimed at farm labor management and animal health and handling, are moving forward after a successful CFAES grant competition.
The initiative was awarded $12,525 from the inaugural Spring 2020 Faculty Advisory Council and the Dean of CFAES Grant. The monies will fund the new project from May 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022.
“Three of our agricultural and Extension educators identified a knowledge gap on dairy farms that related to management training and animal handling,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “This gap limits the ability of farm managers to retain employees and potentially leads to animal welfare and human safety concerns.”
The new noncredit certificate programs will be designed and implemented by Maurice Eastridge, Department of Animal Sciences; Shaun Wellert, Ohio State ATI; and Chris Zoller, OSU Extension, Tuscarawas County.