Intern Guide for Producers

April 1, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
from The Capital Resource Conservation & Development Council

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact: Cheryl Burns, 717.241.4361

Intern Guide for Producers

Available online at Capitalrcd.org

(Carlisle, PA) – More farms are utilizing interns and apprentices than ever before, not only to satisfy farm labor requirements but to share important agricultural knowledge. These educational opportunities are in demand and when well planned to incorporate hands-on education they can be mutually beneficial, yet without standardized requirements it can be difficult for farm businesses to know if they meet the legal and educational requirements for these positions. Capital RC&D developed the “Guide to Internships and Employment for Pennsylvania Farms” in response to this need and to help reduce the confusion experienced by both farmers and employees participating in internship and apprenticeship opportunities. 

The “Guide to Internships and Employment for Pennsylvania Farms” surveys legal requirements   and provides an overview of legal definitions of intern and apprenticeships, wage and compensation details, and housing considerations. It is not a replacement for direct legal counsel but builds a strong foundation for farmers considering the hire of or already employing an intern or apprentice. Farmers will also find references for additional information from appropriate state agencies, national scope nonprofits and programs showcasing successful intern and apprentice programs.

The guide is available online at no cost to all Pennsylvania farmers at www.capitalrcd.org

For more information contact Cheryl Burns at Capital RC&D at 717.241.4361 or via email at cburns@capitalrcd.org

Funding support has been provided by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The Capital Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Area Council is a seven-county, non-profit that provides leadership to promote regional partnerships for the responsible use and conservation of our natural, community, and economic resources. The Capital RC&D serves Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York.

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