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DBIA Announces 2020 Grant Recipients
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/16/2020

The newly created Dairy Business Innovation Alliance has announced the recipients of its 2020 industry grant program. The purpose of the funding effort is to help dairy producers and processors in the region diversify, modernize or develop new products.

Coordinated as a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, DBIA is available to help dairy-related businesses in the five states, including Wisconsin.

"Competition for grant dollars was strong, with 77 applications requesting more than $1.5 million in support," said WCMA Director John Umhoefer. "We've selected innovative, distinctive projects which will add value to the dairy industry, from farm to vat--and we look forward to funding even more projects in the years to come."

Of the 13 winning companies, eight were from Wisconsin. They include Bennett Valley Cheese, Gilmanton ($16,489); Carr Valley Cheese Company, La Valle ($16,489); Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo ($12,500); Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth ($16,489); McCluskey Brothers, Hillpoint ($15,031); Royal Guernsey Creamery, Columbus ($20,000); Taste and See Creamery, Boyceville ($20,000); and Yodelay Yogurt, Madison ($16,489).

In the next funding period, running through 2023, the DBIA will distribute over $3.4 million in grants to dairy farm and processing businesses, in potential increments between $5,000 to $250,000.

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