Celebrating the innovators and creators in our industry, the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), announced it will be bestowing grants to four thought leaders. The companies and cooperatives were chosen through a competitive review process to receive a Dairy Industry Impact grant. Cumulatively, the total amount of grants equates to more than $600,000.
“From new export initiatives to product development and innovative plant efficiencies, the projects funded by the DBIA impact not only the recipients but the entire industry,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer. “WCMA is pleased to help support dairy’s continued growth and modernization.”
According to the release, the Dairy Industry Impact grant was designed to attract medium to large dairy companies to develop an innovative idea or tackle a challenge with the potential to advance the dairy industry. The Industry Impact program awards reimbursable grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for USDA-eligible expenses related to a company’s proposed project.
This is the first cycle for the Dairy Industry Impact grant, and the four companies have committed to sharing their knowledge gained with the wider dairy industry.
“These grants will help explore new waste treatment options for smaller cheese plants, help position dairy in the sports beverage category, expand the utilization of coproducts, and enhance cheese export opportunities,” said CDR Director John Lucey. “The DBIA is committed to helping move our dairy industry forward.”
DBIA is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was created in the 2018 federal Farm Bill. In addition to the Dairy Industry Impact grant, the DBIA administers Dairy Business Builder grants to support small to medium size dairy enterprises and provides extensive online resources to support dairy businesses through webinars and technical assistance.
With the 2021 Dairy Industry Impact grants, these four organizations will continue to innovate and explore advancements:
To read more on how these companies and cooperatives will utilize the grants, click here.
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