6 Michigan Firms Selected for New Dairy Company Builder Grants

Selected enterprises found in Charlevoix, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Hart, and Vassar

LANSING, Mich. – These days, the Dairy Company Innovation Alliance (DBIA), a partnership between the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Investigate (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, introduced 31 firms and cooperatives receiving $2.4 million in grants with six Michigan organizations between these picked.

Chosen corporations include things like Charlevoix Cheese Corporation, Home furniture Metropolis Creamery in Grand Rapids, Saltless Sea Creamery in Traverse City, Semifreddo LLC in Hart, Thistle Dew Creamery in Vassar, and VernDale Products Inc., situated in Detroit.

“At MDARD, we’re focused to supporting our robust dairy marketplace. Our new partnership with DBIA  resulted in six Michigan companies obtaining funding enabling them to improve innovation and expand,” mentioned MDARD Acting Director Kathy Angerer. “Michigan’s dairy business presents healthy foods made and processed domestically although making a important economic affect throughout the state. Continuing to make investments in our food items and agriculture boosts rural and agriculture economic progress supporting to make us Michigan solid.”

In September of 2022, MDARD joined the federal DBIA program. DBIA aims to assistance tiny- to medium-sized dairy enterprises in diversifying on-farm exercise, generating value-additional products, enhancing dairy by-solutions, and developing or improving dairy export plans.

Since its generation in the 2018 U.S. Farm Invoice, the DBIA has administered complex guidance and more than $3.7 million in grants to dairy corporations in five Midwestern states. Extra funding from the U.S. Office of Agriculture is now supporting an enlargement of the program’s assistance location to incorporate Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio.

Foreseeable future funding will develop into obtainable in early 2023. MDARD is continuing to really encourage the dairy industry to use for these new grant opportunities.

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