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Baldwin Praises New DBI Grant Allocation for Dairy Farmers

The USDA announced that $1.5 million in grant funding is available for the Dairy Business Innovation projects to support Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheesemakers working to grow their business and reach new product markets.


Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who helped secure the funds in the recently passed Farm Bill, says the goal is to support dairy product innovation and address the oversupply of milk by providing resources to help cheesemakers and other dairy businesses get their start, develop new products and expand markets.


"Wisconsin's dairy businesses are a key driver of our state's economy, but recently our dairy farmers have faced very challenging times with an oversupply of milk and low milk prices," Baldwin said. "It's critical that farmers, cheesemakers and dairy processors have tools to innovate and develop new Made in Wisconsin dairy products to build a brighter future for our dairy farms and drive our rural economy forward."


The DBI Initiatives will provide direct technical assistance and make grants available to dairy businesses. Projects must be positioned to draw on existing dairy industry resources, including dairy farm density and farmland suitability for dairying, as well as activities conducted by dairy promotion and research programs, research organizations, dairy businesses, or academic and industry stakeholders.