Madison, Paoli companies among 2023 Dairy Processor Grant recipients 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced that 21 Wisconsin dairy companies will receive a Dairy Processor Grant in 2023, according to a press release. The purpose of these grants is to foster innovation, improve profitability, and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy-processing facilities. 

A total of $400,000 was available for this year’s Dairy Processor Grants, with a maximum of $50,000 allowed for each project. Grant recipients are required to provide a match of at least 20% of the grant amount. DATCP received 38 grant requests totaling more than $1.5 million. 

As part of the 2021–23 biennial budget, Gov. Tony Evers and the Legislature increased the available funding for Dairy Processor Grants to promote innovation and improve profitability throughout Wisconsin’s dairy industry. To address the fact that there is more demand than available funds, Gov. Evers’ current budget proposes an increase in funding for Dairy Processor Grants. 

Family Dairies USA in Madison and Landmark Creamery LLC in Paoli are among the Dairy Processor Grant recipients. Their respective planned projects are to conduct a feasibility study for the ownership of a conversion facility and invest in expansion and modernization.