From the Pacific Northwest to Mexico, a call for dairy processors is being made to uplift and diversify the market. $4.1 million in grants are currently available to dairy processors in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon through the fourth round of funding by the Pacific Coast Coalition - Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (PCC-DBII).
“The PCC-DBII, hosted by California State University, Fresno and funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, is dedicated to strengthening and supporting the dairy industry,” the coalition stated in a press release, clarifying that by addressing these goals, it seeks to help diversify the dairy product market, reduce risk, and develop higher value uses for dairy products. In turn, those involved seek to promote business development that diversifies farmer/processor income through innovation while encouraging the use of regionally produced milk.
This round, accepting applications through February 29, will include pandemic recovery (such as price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.)
Dairy producers and dairy processing businesses in the above states are invited to submit proposals that meet one or more of the PCC-DBII program goals, some which are listed below but can be seen in full here. These include:
Dairy processors along the Pacific Coast are encouraged to apply here for grants.
Once this round closes, the PCC-DBII will have made nearly $9.1 million in grants from the USDA AMS available to regional dairy businesses for innovation-related investments. As a member of the industry who calls the western U.S. home, Deli Market News will be on the lookout for the exciting developments of this initiative.