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Dairy Business Innovation Alliance Announces Dairy Business Builder Grant to Open February 2022; John Umhoefer and Dr. John Lucey Comment

Dairy Business Innovation Alliance Announces Dairy Business Builder Grant to Open February 2022; John Umhoefer and Dr. John Lucey Comment


MADISON, WI
Monday, December 6th, 2021

Although the pandemic continues to cause challenges for dairy suppliers across the United States, the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) has revealed a crucial grant program to not only help mitigate some of these hurdles but foster sector growth in the process. The association recently announced that small- to medium-sized farmers, entrepreneurs, and processors in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin can apply for a new $1 million round of grants starting in February 2022.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“Since the creation of DBIA, we’ve seen many innovative proposals that have advanced farm and dairy processor businesses and brought new products to market,” said John Umhoefer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), which partners with Center for Dairy Research (CDR) to execute DBIA in the Upper Midwest.

This grant competition from DBIA opens February 1, 2022 when applications will become available for download. As stated in a release, completed applications are due March 31, 2022.

Eligible projects will include dairy farm diversification and on-farm processing, the creation of value-added dairy products, and efforts to market dairy products for export. Reimbursement grants of up to $50,000 each will be given out following a competitive review process.

John Lucey, Director, Center for Dairy Research“These funds will help small dairy businesses grow and innovate, which has become even more critical for their success in these turbulent times,” commented Dr. John Lucey, the Director for Center for Dairy Research, on the utilization of the grants and the impact it will have.

The DBIA is currently supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), having been launched in 2018 as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Since its inception, the organization has awarded almost $1.5 million through 38 grants to dairy farms and business in all five of the participating Midwest states. Additionally, the program offers technical assistance and education to dairy farmers and processors in the regions.

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance recently announced that small- to medium-sized farmers, entrepreneurs, and processors in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin can apply for a new $1 million round of grants starting in February 2022

With an extensive online bank of resources, including a webinar library, DBIA provides tools to help dairy businesses apply for grants. In January 2022, DBIA staff will host a webinar to offer additional guidance for the upcoming Dairy Business Builder grant. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit the program's website and view past webinars as well as sign up for the upcoming session.

For more opportunities across the dairy sector and more, keep reading Deli Market News.

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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association gives voice to Wisconsin dairy processors on national and state issues that impact our business.

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) is a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) that develops and administers programs...