Bilingual Dairy Education

Worksite Location
CCE Ontario County (Intern will be required to travel within the Team's 10-county region to visit farms.)
Faculty Sponsor
Thomas Maloney, Senior Extension Associate, Applied Economics and Management
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Libby Eiholzer, Extension Support Specialist, NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Work with the team’s Bilingual Dairy Specialist to enhance the resources available to employers of Spanish-speaking dairy workers across the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team’s 10-county region. This will be accomplished through three main projects. The student will develop and present new Spanish language job training for dairy workers, contribute to the dairy team’s bilingual newsletter, and complete a survey of dairy employment practices to help farmers better evaluate their own employment practices.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will help develop new job training presentations in Spanish. Topics will depend on the student's own interest and background as well as requests from dairy managers. The student will develop training presentations and then present them at a number of farms. The student will also contribute to the June and September issues of the team’s bilingual newsletter, The Dairy Culture Coach. Lastly, the student will work on a survey of dairy producers in our 10-country region, looking into employment practices, job training, wages, benefits, etc. The survey will also link farm profitability or productivity with human resource practices. This will be summarized in a report to participating farms as well as in an article for our team newsletter.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

A background in the dairy industry (coursework and on-farm experience) and a strong foundation in Spanish is required. Student does not need to be fluent in Spanish but conversational ability and a firm grasp of dairy terminology would be preferred.

Benefits and Skills

The student will enhance their ability to communicate in Spanish with Hispanic dairy workers and gain confidence in developing and presenting training programs. In addition, the student will improve their written communication skills through preparing the presentations and contributing articles to the team’s newsletter. The student will interact with dairy farmers from across the region and learn about the differences in employment practices, wages and benefits on different operations.