Dairy farmers, processors, and manufacturers in five Midwestern states can submit project abstracts now through August 31 for a new round of Dairy Industry Impact grants to be administered by the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA). Full details are available online now at cdr.wisc.edu/dbia.
The Dairy Industry Impact grant program aims to help dairy businesses pursue ideas and solutions with the potential to advance the dairy industry. Reimbursable grants of up to $250,000 each will be awarded through a competitive review process. Grant recipients will be required to share results of their project. Abstracts are due August 31 at 5:00 p.m. (CT). Applicants must be located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. A select group of applicants will be invited in September to submit full grant proposals by November 3.
“The dairy industry thrives on fresh ideas and creative problem solving, sparked by the challenges and opportunities dairy businesses encounter every day. We look forward to seeing innovative concepts for advancing the industry and ensuring dairy’s strong future,” says WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer.
“This program supports new ideas or proposals that, if successful, could have a broader industry impact. We hope this program will help drive more innovation in the dairy industry,“ adds John Lucey, CDR Director.
The DBIA is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was created in the 2018 federal Farm Bill. Since then, the DBIA has administered over $3.7 million in 79 grants to dairy farms and businesses in all five participating Midwestern states. The program also offers technical assistance to dairy farmers and processors in the region.