Dairy farmers who contribute to Midwest Dairy checkoff are encouraged to apply for dairy farmer leadership grants. These grant dollars can be used towards becoming a leader in the dairy industry and/or developing skills that allow you to better share your story with consumers. This could include, but is not limited to:
- Leadership programs like Young Dairy Leadership Institute, Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program, South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership, etc.
- Leadership conferences, ag or non-ag
- Virtual or in-person classes
Through authorizing statutes, these dollars cannot be used towards any activity that increases production.
Dairy farmers can apply for up to $1,000 in funding in one calendar year. The grant dollars cannot exceed the cost of the leadership class or event. The grants are approved on a rolling basis and are subject to fund availability.
Dairy Farmer Leadership Grants
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