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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Center for Dairy Research Cheer 20M-Dollar Funding for Dairy Industry; Jenny Lester Moffitt, Tammy Baldwin, John Umhoefer, and John Lucey Detail

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Center for Dairy Research Cheer 20M-Dollar Funding for Dairy Industry; Jenny Lester Moffitt, Tammy Baldwin, John Umhoefer, and John Lucey Detail


MADISON, WI
Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed $80 million in awards to support processing capacity expansion, on-farm improvements, and technical assistance services to producers under the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives (DBI). This investment is being awarded non-competitively and is made possible by supplemental funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and the newly announced RFA will provide funding available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022.

USDA also announced the availability of $22.9 million through a Request for Applications for funding provided by FY 2022 appropriations to support these same DBI Initiatives and the direction of $20 million in ARPA monies to supplement the work of the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA).

Jenny Lester Moffitt, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture“The Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives have proven to be an invaluable resource for dairy farmers and businesses because of their ability to provide targeted resources and funding through subawards at the local and regional level, maximizing impact,” USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt remarked. “As we celebrate National Dairy Month this June, USDA continues to look for ways to support America’s dairy industry, especially amidst ongoing supply chain and food system challenges.”

As noted in the release, the four DBI Initiatives include the California State University Fresno; the University of Tennessee; Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets; and the University of Wisconsin.

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed $80 million in awards to support processing capacity expansion, on-farm improvements, and technical assistance services to producers under the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives

Dairy businesses in broadened service areas will also see a boost in direct-to-business grant funding available through DBIA. Successful applicants for the Dairy Business Builder grant will now be eligible to receive up to $100,000 each to support business-boosting projects. The Dairy Industry Impact grant will offer up to $500,000 per award to fund innovative projects with a broad impact.

Additionally, $20 million in DBIA funding will support an expansion of the program’s service area to include Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio in addition to Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Tammy Baldwin, United States Senator, Wisconsin“Wisconsin’s dairy businesses are a key driver of our state’s economy, and with all the challenges they face, I’m working to do everything I can to help. This federal funding from USDA will help Wisconsin dairy businesses modernize, reach new markets, and create economic growth,” detailed U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin). “The Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives provide our farmers, cheesemakers, and dairy processors with the tools they need to innovate and develop new Made in Wisconsin dairy products. I’m thankful that President Biden and USDA are committed partners in supporting Wisconsin’s dairy economy and rural communities.”

ARPA funds will also be used to launch new dairy research projects focused on the creation of value-added products at the newly renovated Center for Dairy Research, and to support an innovative mentorship program engaging long-time dairy business leaders and cheesemakers to support entrepreneurship in the industry.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“We are thrilled to build on the impact of the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance, strengthening dairy farms and processors and rural communities,” said John Umhoefer, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Executive Director. “Our sincere thanks go to the Biden Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Senator Baldwin for their recognition of the program’s stewardship and effectiveness, and for this historic supplemental investment.”

Since its inception, DBIA has administered over $3.7 million in 79 grants to dairy farms and businesses, conducted market research and product development projects, and delivered direct technical assistance to Midwestern dairy farmers and processors.

John Lucey, Director, Center for Dairy Research“This critical investment in dairy innovation allows us to expand our DBIA grants and support programs to 11 Midwest states that produce over a third of all U.S. milk production,” said John Lucey, Center for Dairy Research Director, commented in a separate release. “This funding also provides key investments in critical research and emerging opportunities, such as biofermentation of dairy residues, and we thank the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Senator Baldwin for their ongoing support of this essential program.”

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