Grant Announcement

Dairy Farmer Cohorts: A New Approach to Technical Assistance

Across the Northeast, dozens of dairy farmers are improving their production strategies and businesses through Dairy Farm Cohorts,
an innovative approach to technical assistance funded by the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC). To date, there have been five rounds of cohort-based technical assistance contracts. Here’s a look at some of the cohorts:

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The Year Ahead: Funding for Dairy Innovation in 2023

At NE-DBIC, our goal is to help dairy farms and processors innovate to become more sustainable and resilient – so when the unexpected happens (a pandemic and extended supply-chain issues, for instance), you’re equipped to meet those challenges and continue milking, processing, and distributing your dairy products throughout your community and region.

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Announcing 2022 Marketing and Branding Services Grant Awards

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is pleased to announce 10 recipients of the second round of the Dairy Marketing and Branding Services Grant. Recipients spanned the Northeast region. These funds allowed processors to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses through marketing tactics, brand improvements, and overall strategy.

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$1.1 Million Awarded to Dairy Processors for Sustainable Packaging Innovation

This $1.1 million in funds will support dairy processors at a variety of scales and product types to conduct research, packaging development, and to analyze consumer receptiveness. The research and findings of these grants will be shared by all recipients to bolster the knowledge and accessibility of new sustainable packaging solutions for the dairy industry, especially for small and medium sized processors. The NE-DBIC promotes the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products through market research, technical assistance, and competitive grant rounds for dairy farmers and processors.

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5 New Dairy Farmer Cohort Technical Assistance Contracts Underway

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is pleased to announce awards for 5 additional farmer cohort projects throughout the Northeast region, joining 3 others already underway. These service providers provide targeted technical assistance to farms interested in transitioning to grass-based production models, enhancing the production of home-grown forages, and/or utilizing alternative farm management strategies not typically found in the United States dairy sector.

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Dairy Business Viability & Technical Assistance Grants Awarded

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is pleased to announce the award of Dairy Business Viability & Technical Assistance Grants to eight businesses and organizations in the Northeast. This grant program supports coordinated technical assistance projects that enhance dairy farmer and processor business operations and strengthen market opportunities.

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