More Dairy Business Builder grants awarded

Thirty-one cooperatives and businesses have received new Dairy Business Builder grants totaling nearly 2.5 million dollars.

The grant program encourages small to medium-sized dairy farmers, entrepreneurs, and processors in the Midwest to pursue innovative projects such as dairy farm diversification, on-farm processing, value-added product creation, and efforts to market dairy products for export. Reimbursement grants of up to $100,000 each are awarded following a competitive review process.  

The grants are administered by The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), which is a partnership between the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Funding comes from the 2018 Farm Bill, which has supplied nearly seven million dollars for the program so far.

Grant recipients in this round include:

  • Alpinage Cheese LLC – Oak Creek, Wisconsin 
  • Augment LLC – Madison, Wisconsin 
  • Black Radish Creamery – Alexandria, Ohio 
  • Charlevoix Cheese Company – Charlevoix, Michigan 
  • Comstock Cheese LLC – Comstock, Wisconsin 
  • Copper Crow Distillery – Bayfield, Wisconsin 
  • Freshly Dairy – Lizton, Indiana 
  • Furniture City Creamery – Grand Rapids, Michigan 
  • Gardner’s Wisconsin Cheese, LLC – Marshfield, Wisconsin 
  • Goat Milk Stuff LLC – Scottsburg, Indiana 
  • GoodSport Nutrition, LLC – Evanston, Illinois 
  • Green Dirt Farm, LLC – Weston, Missouri 
  • Grison Creamery, LLC – Ava, Missouri 
  • Hemme Dairy, LLC – Sweet Springs, Missouri 
  • Highfield Farm Creamery – Walworth, Wisconsin 
  • Hinterland Dairy – Donnellson, Iowa 
  • JB’s Barnyard – Evansville, Indiana 
  • Jisa Farmstead Cheese – Brainard, Nebraska 
  • Ozark Mountain Creamery, LLC – Mountain Grove, Missouri 
  • Pine River Pre-Pack, Inc. – Newton, Wisconsin 
  • Rowdy Cow Creamery LLC – Burton, Ohio 
  • Saltless Sea Creamery, LLC – Traverse City, Michigan 
  • Semifreddo LLC – Hart, Michigan 
  • Sirocco Ridge Farmstead Creamery, LLC – Henryville, Indiana 
  • Smith Brothers Creamery LLC – McConnelsville, Ohio 
  • Specialty Cheese Co. Inc. – Reeseville, Wisconsin 
  • Thistle Dew Creamery – Vassar, Michigan 
  • Troyer Specialty Foods – Millersburg, Ohio 
  • Twin Springs Creamery – Bloomington, Indiana 
  • VernDale Products, Inc. – Detroit, Michigan 
  • Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company – Rudolph, Wisconsin 

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