MADISON – The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), a partnership between the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison today announced the 38 companies and cooperatives that have been selected to receive Dairy Business Builder grants totaling $1.7 million.
The Dairy Business Builder grant program aims to encourage small- to medium-sized dairy farmers, entrepreneurs, and processors in the Upper Midwest to pursue innovative projects such as dairy farm diversification, on-farm processing, value-added product creation, and efforts to market dairy products for export. Reimbursement grants of up to $50,000 each are awarded following a competitive review process.
“A strong and successful dairy industry depends in part on a robust, diverse community of individual dairy businesses. These grants will support the continued growth of these enterprises and the overall health of our dairy industry,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer.
“In these challenging times, these DBIA grants are even more important to creating a vibrant dairy industry as they support the growth of farmstead businesses and allow our small cheese and dairy plants to expand and diversify,” said CDR Director John Lucey.
Companies and cooperatives receiving Dairy Business Builder Grants are:
- Alpinage Cheese LLC – Oak Creek, Wisconsin
- Berrybrook Organics LLC – Marion, South Dakota
- CannonBelles Cheese – Cannon Falls, Minnesota
- Cinnamon Ridge Inc. – Donahue, Iowa
- Concept Processing – Melrose, Minnesota
- Country View Dairy – Hawkeye, Iowa
- Crimson Kitchen and Gardens – Watertown, Wisconsin
- DARI LLC – Clinton, Wisconsin
- Decatur Dairy – Brodhead, Wisconsin
- Deerland Dairy – Freeport, Illinois
- Driftless Gold – Highland, Wisconsin
- Farm Life Creamery LLC – Ethan, South Dakota
- Fromage Spa, LLC – Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Frozen Innovations, LLC – Lake Forest, Illinois
- Hansen’s Sugar Shack, LLC – Marshfield, Wisconsin
- Hightail – Plainfield, Iowa
- Hill Valley Dairy LLC – East Troy, Wisconsin
- Knowlton House Distillery – Junction City, Wisconsin
- Landmark Creamery LLC – Belleville, Wisconsin
- Maple-Oak Farm – Florence, Wisconsin
- Marieke Marketing, LLC/Holland’s Family Cheese, LLC – Thorp, Wisconsin
- Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery – Rushford, Minnesota
- Milk Specialties Global – Eden Prairie, Minnesota
- Ms. J and Company – Monroe, Wisconsin
- North Sky Farm – Harvard, Illinois
- Oxheart Farm, LLC – Hager City, Wisconsin
- Pine River Pre-Pack, Inc. – Newton, Wisconsin
- Prairie Homestead Creamery – Cottonwood, Minnesota
- Caves of Faribault/Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. – Faribault, Minnesota
- Prairie Sky Ranch – Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin
- Radiance Dairy – Fairfield, Iowa
- Renard’s Cheese Store, LLC – Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
- Rolling Lawns Farm – Greenville, Illinois
- Silo View Creamery, LLC – Union Grove, Wisconsin
- Specialty Cheese Co. Inc. – Reeseville, Wisconsin
- Stensland Creamery, LLC – Larchwood, Iowa
- Two Guernsey Girls Creamery LLC – Freedom, Wisconsin
- Widmer’s Cheese Cellars, Inc. – Theresa, Wisconsin
Those in bold are located in the Midwest Dairy region.
The DBIA is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Including the awards listed above, since its inception as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, the DBIA has administered approximately $3.6 million in grants to 79 dairy businesses in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The program also offers technical assistance and education to dairy farmers and processors in the region.
Since 1891, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association has served as the voice of cheese and dairy manufacturers, processors, and marketers. Today, WCMA represents approximately 600 companies and cooperatives, including dairy processors, manufacturers, and their suppliers operating across the United States and around the world. Learn more at www.WisCheeseMakers.org.
The Center for Dairy Research, located at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, is dedicated to supporting the U.S. dairy industry through innovative research, technical support, training and education. Learn more at www.cdr.wisc.edu.
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