Joyce: New grant available to support dairy entrepreneurship

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PARK FOREST ā€“ In an effort to provide financial and technical support to the dairy industry in Illinois, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is urging dairy farmers and businesses apply for grants through the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA).

"Every dairy farmer should look at this grant opportunity," Joyce, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee said. "These grants are designed to help dairy producers and processors expand, while promoting more entrepreneurial efforts."

DBIA, a joint effort coordinated by the Center for Dairy Research and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, was designed to support and promote the diversification and addition of value-added products to the Midwest dairy industry.

Goals of the program include increasing on-farm diversification, creating value-added dairy products like specialty cheeses, and expanding export opportunities for farm-scale and processor dairy products.

The grant application period is now open. A total of $220,000 in funds is available, with individual projects eligible for up to $20,000 each. The deadline to complete and return applications is Aug. 14. Selected producers and business owners will be notified Sept. 4.

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