Dairy Business Builder Grants expanded

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is now accepting applications for its Dairy Business Grants program.

Rebekah Sweeney with the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, which is part of the alliance, tells Brownfield more farmers across the Midwest will be able to apply this year.

“We’re very excited to have some funding to support processors and farmers who are ready to innovate, to come up with new products, to come up with new processes, and to connect with consumers not only here in the United States but abroad,” she says.

Sweeney says their expanded region represents 35 percent of the milk supply in the U.S.  More than a million dollars are available for this year’s Dairy Business Builder Program which will award up to $100,000 to projects.

Next year, she says the Industry Impact Grant will be able to invest up to $500,000 in projects that solve broader industry challenges.

Applications for projects in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Kansas, and Wisconsin are due November 10th.

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers which provides technical assistance and grants to dairy farms and businesses across an 11-state region.

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