Media Alert: 150 youth to learn about dairy industry, innovation

WHAT: 2024 Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat, hosted by Florida 4-H

WHEN: Thursday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Straughn UF/IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville

CONTACT: Meredith Bauer,

ABOUT: About 150 Florida 4-H youth will participate in the 2024 Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat, giving hands-on knowledge to this next generation of potential dairy farmers. Youth will be making homemade mozzarella cheese during this featured time window.

The Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat brings together youth ages 8 to 18 from seven southeastern states to interact and communicate with dairy industry professionals during hands-on learning activities, including cheese-making. Participants will learn about practical skills as well as cutting-edge science at the University of Florida’s department of animal sciences.

The event will also include tours of UF labs and seminars such as how to minimize food waste, careers in dairy sciences and livestock innovation.


The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.  |  @UF_IFAS

4-H is the youth development program of the land-grant university system and Cooperative Extension System. The program provides hands-on educational programs and experiences for youth ages 5 to 18 with the objective of developing youth as individuals, and as responsible and productive citizens. In Florida, 4-H is administered by University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Florida A&M University.


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Posted: July 10, 2024

Category: 4-H & Youth, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension

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