DBIA Awards $1.19 Million in Grants to Midwest Dairy Processors
The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), announced 26 Midwestern companies and cooperatives which, via a competitive review process, have been selected to receive grants totaling $1.19 million.
“The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is supporting a diverse group of businesses, with innovative ideas and products designed to increase profitability and provide new opportunity from farm to vat,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. “While the investments we’re able to make are targeted, the impact is broad. Our goal is industry-wide stability and strength.”
“From an economic development perspective, the impacts of these grants not only support the award winners but also are a source of new dollars that help boost our local rural economies,” said Vic Grassman, DBIA.
MadREP President and CEO Jason M. Fields echoed his sentiments, saying, “funding for agricultural innovation is vital to the sustainability of our agriculture, food and beverage economy in the Madison Region.”
The grants of up to $50,000 were awarded to the following companies in the Madison Region:
- Carr Valley Cheese Company, La Valle, WI
- Cider Farm Brands, LLC dba The Cider Farm, Mineral Point, WI
- Landmark Creamery, LLC, Belleville, WI
- Maple Leaf Cheese Cooperative/Monroe Farmers Creamery, Monroe, WI
- Royal Guernsey Creamery, LLC, Columbus, WI
- Specialty Cheese Company, Inc., Reeseville, WI
- Tuls Dairies dba DARI, LLC, Clinton, WI
- Yodelay Yogurt, LLC, Madison, WI