A reminder from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture applications for Dairy 30X20 grants are due by 4:30 p.m. March 15th. The purpose of this funding is to provide support and technical assistance to all dairy farmers, regardless of type or size, to improve their operation. Funding is available for projects up to $5,000. Farmers need to provide 20% in matching funds.
Funding is flexible and customizable to farmer needs. There are two categories of financial assistance available: Dairy Profit and Planning & Preparation.
Dairy Profit grants will bring together an on-farm team to identify opportunities to improve the day-to-day management of the farm to increase profitability. Examples of Dairy Profit Teams are: forming a nutrition plan, managing herd health, planning for managed grazing, transitioning to organic, implementing new technology or meeting environmental challenges.
Planning & Preparation grants will assist farmers who are considering a change in business structure or investment in facilities. Funding could be used for: financial analysis, transition planning, farm transfers, business planning or professional service costs related to siting, engineering or design.
Additional information and application materials are available at GrowWisconsinDairy.wi.gov.