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U.S. Department of Agriculture Grants 23M in Funding to Support the U.S. Dairy Industry; Jenny Lester Moffitt Comments

U.S. Department of Agriculture Grants 23M in Funding to Support the U.S. Dairy Industry; Jenny Lester Moffitt Comments


WASHINGTON, DC
Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

Our industry members are getting a helping hand as $23 million in grant funding has opened up to the dairy industry via the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dairy Business Innovative Initiatives.

Jenny Lester Moffitt, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture“The Dairy Business Innovative Initiatives use their on-the-ground knowledge and their ability to target funding where it will have the most regional and local impacts to make significant improvements to the U.S. dairy supply chain,” Jenny Lester Moffitt, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, commented. “This program is a great example of USDA’s efforts to build capacity from the bottom up and the middle out by supporting small and mid-sized dairy operations.”
Supporting anything from processing capacity expansion and on-farm improvements to technical assistance services for producers, the funds will be awarded non-competitively to the current initiatives across several bodies, according to a press release. These include:

  • The California State University - Fresno
  • The University of Tennessee
  • The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
  • The University of Wisconsin

The USDA has opened up $23 million in grant funding to the dairy industry through its Dairy Business Innovative Initiatives

Dairy farmers and businesses interested in the program must contact the appropriate initiative to be considered.

AMS encourages applications to “identify activities that benefit smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, low-income, and minority individuals, and underserved communities.” The body also further encourages partnerships with minority-serving institutions of higher education.

For projects intending to serve these entities, the press release advised applicants should engage and involve those beneficiaries when developing projects and applications.

To read more about the initiative directly from the USDA, click here. And for further updates on potential initiatives and innovations pushing our industry, continue to follow Deli Market News.

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