The Idaho Dairymen’s Association is committed to enhancing Idaho’s workforce through training, development and economic sustainability. To that end, IDA works hard to establish educational opportunities for Idahoans, dairy families and agricultural workers.
(Education initiatives supported by the Idaho Dairymen’s Association)
- Bovine Veterinarian Experience Program/ Univ. of Idaho
- Dairy Science Education Program/ Univ. of Idaho
- Dairy Extension/ Univ. of Idaho
- Idaho FFA & 4-H
- Employee Training Programs/ College of So. Idaho & Univ. of Idaho
- Immigration Community Impact
- Foreign Born Labor Contributions
- Continuing Education Scholarships
Doing Well by Doing Good for Idaho’s Immigrant Workers
The Idaho Dairymen’s Association believes that one of its most impactful social initiatives revolves around promoting and protecting our state’s talented and hard- working employees. Some of the most reliable dairy labor is foreign born, yet individuals who make up that population help our dairy industry succeed in the global market every day.
While immigration reform is often seen as a political issue, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association sees it as a moral and business matter. IDA believes that it has a moral obligation to protect and promote our hard working dairy workers, no matter what their nationality. Immigration reform has thus become an important priority.
IDA works closely with other partners to pursue reasonable immigration reform:
- Idaho Business Coalition for Immigration Reform
- Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform
- National Immigration Forum
- National Milk Producers Federation’s Immigration Task Force
Doing nothing limits our nation’s economic potential, causes the labor force to live with threats of separation from families and deprives many in production agriculture a steady work force.
IDA will continue to work to develop functional immigration legislation that addresses secure borders, allows are current labor force to remain in the US legally, provides for earned citizenship and is flexible in addressing future foreign born labor needs.