In 2021, Bridgman Hill Farm received a Marketing & Branding Services Grant from the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center to support a rebrand of their Oak Knoll product line. These funds are being used to engage with Rival Brands, a marketing and branding consultancy, to help the partners of Oak Knoll more gracefully represent their high-quality milk and position the brand more strategically for future success.
Looking to capitalize on this and other aspects of their business, Henry Farms applied for and received a $15,000 grant through the NE-DBIC’s Marketing and Branding Services Grant program. With these funds, they have engaged with consultants to improve their website and Customer Management System.
A $22,000 grant from the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center supported bringing dairy themed events to the community through monthly events and the kickoff of a dairy-focused 5k and Fun Run.
In 2021, Jones Family Farm was awarded a $15,000 NE-DBIC Multi-Business Dairy Agritourism Grant to bolster these volunteer-run initiatives with a professional marketing campaign.
Using their grant funds, Jones Family Farm hired an advertising firm to develop a robust digital marketing campaign to promote the festival and trail.
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is pleased to announce the award of Goat & Sheep Dairy Supply Chain Grants to six goat and sheep dairy businesses in Vermont and New Jersey. This grant program is intended to support projects that improve the goat and sheep dairy supply chains and benefit multiple goat and sheep dairy businesses in the Northeast region.
Earlier this year, UVM Extension kicked off a NE-DBIC funded project to use a sensory directed product development approach to connect the dots between the farm, cheese production, and final cheese products that meet consumer preferences.
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) selected Karen Karp & Partners (KK&P) of Southold, New York to study the level of interest from dairy farmers located in central and southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts in producing milk specifically for specialty cheese production.
The NE-DBIC’s Multi-Business Dairy Agritourism Grant program elevates dairy businesses through agritourism across the Northeast region of the US. Projects funded through this program benefit multiple dairy businesses by promoting the access and sale of regionally produced milk and related products. An additional round of this funding will open in early 2022.
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) selected Land O’Lakes, Inc. dba Vermont Creamery for a $150,000 grant to conduct research on the potential for development of the goat dairy sector in Vermont, including cow to goat dairy conversions and new farm start-ups.
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.