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Boosting Midwest Dairy: DBIA Grant Application Now Available

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) is a new program that provides grants and technical support to help Midwestern dairy farmers and processors diversify or develop value-added products.

Coordinated by the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), DBIA is available to help dairy-related businesses in the five states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

DBIA will be distributing direct-to-business grants totaling $220,000. A grant review committee established by DBIA will review applications and make subsequent awards. Grants will be awarded for projects in increments up to $20,000.

The grant application is now available on the DBIA website. The application is due August 14 and selected applicants will be notified September 4.

DBIA is a result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives (DBII) in the 2018 Farm Bill. The initiatives support dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing and distribution of dairy products through direct technical assistance and grants to dairy businesses. In 2019, there was a national competition for grant proposals under this program and three were selected. In addition to Wisconsin’s DBIA, other initiatives are being led by the University of Tennessee and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.