Dairy Business Innovation Initiative program to provide $23M in grants 

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced $23 million in grant funding is available to support dairy businesses’ processing capacity expansion, on-farm improvements, and technical assistance services under the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives grant program, according to a press release.

Baldwin authored the bill creating the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative program, successfully shepherding its passage in 2018 and securing funding in the years since.

The Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives provide valuable technical assistance and subgrants to dairy farmers and businesses across Wisconsin, supporting them with business plan development, marketing, and branding, as well as increasing access to innovative production and processing techniques to support the development of value-added products.

The funds will be awarded noncompetitively to the current initiatives at the University of Wisconsin; the California State University Fresno; the University of Tennessee; and Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.