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Dairy Business Builder Grants Now Accepting Applications

LANSING, Mich. - The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) has opened their Dairy Business Builder Grant for 2023. Grants are distributed to dairy based farms and processors in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

In September of 2022, MDARD joined the federal DBIA program. DBIA aims to support small-to medium-sized dairy business in diversifying on-farm activity, creating value-added products, enhancing dairy by-products, and creating or enhancing dairy export programs.

Since its creating in the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, the DBIA has administered technical assistance and over $3.7 million in grant to dairy businesses in five midwestern states. Additional funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now supporting an expansion of the program’s service area to include Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio.

A “Helpful Hints” webinar was recorded on February 21st and will be posted to the website soon. Applications are due April 13, 2023, at 6pm EST. Michigan dairy farms and processors are encouraged to apply for the grant.


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