Parish Hill Creamery was selected as one of two dairy business grant recipients. The WLEB grant covered equipment needs and the Vermont-based, USDA-funded Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) stepped in to support Parish Hill’s marketing-focused work.
The NE-DBIC funds the development of direct technical assistance, contracts, and grants that benefit dairy businesses, including niche dairy products such as specialty cheese. Projects will take place throughout Vermont, New England, and the Northeast region to support cow, goat, and sheep dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products.
In 2019, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets was selected to lead one of three national USDA Dairy Business Innovation Centers. A total of $6.59 million was awarded to the Agency to fund a variety of projects in several priority areas. One identified area included assistance for farmers who would like to develop grazing as a production strategy.