Small- to medium-sized dairy farmers, entrepreneurs, and processors in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin can visit cdr.wisc.edu/dbia now to sign up for a January 27 webinar hosted by the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA). The webinar, scheduled for 12:30-2:00 p.m. (CT), will help participants prepare competitive applications for the Dairy Business Builder Grant program administered by the DBIA.
The Dairy Business Builder grant competition opens February 1, when applications will be made available. Completed applications will be due March 31. Eligible projects will include dairy farm diversification and on-farm processing, the creation of value-added dairy products, and efforts to market dairy products for export. Reimbursement grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded through a competitive review process.
“These grant funds are a welcome boost for dairy businesses pursuing innovative projects that will help take their enterprises to the next level. If you’re considering applying and need actionable tips to prepare a robust proposal, this webinar is for you,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director.
“The purpose of this webinar is to help dairy businesses in the preparation of their grant applications to the Dairy Business Builder program. These tips can help you in more clearly defining your plans and ideas,” said John Lucey, CDR Director.
The DBIA is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since its inception as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, the DBIA has administered nearly $1.5 million in 38 grants to dairy farms and businesses in all five participating Midwestern states. The program also offers technical assistance and education to dairy farmers and processors in the region.