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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Urges Full Funding for Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives; Rebekah Sweeney Shares

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Urges Full Funding for Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives; Rebekah Sweeney Shares


MADISON, WI
Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Upon the introduction of the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is urging Congress to take action on dairy leaders’ appeals to fully fund Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives (DBII) nationwide. Earlier this week, the organization, along with Organic Valley, issued a letter to Congressional leaders to fully fund DBII in 2025, and throughout the duration of the new Farm Bill. The letter was signed by more than 200 dairy business leaders in 31 states.

Rebekah Sweeney, Senior Director of Programs and Policy, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association"There’s much more work to be done on the Farm Bill, and in the week ahead, as House Agriculture Committee members consider amendments to this proposal, we reiterate dairy business leaders’ clear call for more robust investment in industry innovation, as offered in the Senate version of the bill last week,” said Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA Senior Director of Programs and Policy.

In collaboration with the Center for Dairy Research (CDR), WCMA administers the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA). DBIA is one of four DBII centers located throughout the United States. Since DBII was launched in the 2018 Farm Bill under the leadership of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), it has directed $165 million in federal funding to support farmers and processors, a press release explained.

Upon the introduction of the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is urging Congress to take action on dairy leaders’ appeals to fully fund Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives (DBII) nationwide

“DBII offers farmers and processors the tools and resources to innovate amid a host of challenges, creating more stable, resilient businesses. Increased demand warrants an increase in funding, and we call on members of Congress to deliver the $36 million in annual support that dairy businesses need to remain strong now and in the future,” said Sweeney.

Markups of the House bill are expected to take place in committee next week. Dairy businesses can join WCMA’s coordinated advocacy effort on the organization’s website.

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