Grantee Spotlight

Grantee Spotlight: Oak Knoll Rebrand

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.

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Festival-goers enjoy local products at the Little Falls Cheese Festival

Collaborative Promotion of Cheese Festival & Trail Boost Cheesemakers in Central New York

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.

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Goats Acorn and Frida, courtesy of Tup's Crossing Farm, LLC - Orwell, VT

Announcing Goat & Sheep Dairy Supply Chain Grant Awards

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.

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Contractor Selected to Assess Interest in Producing Milk for Specialty Cheese Processors

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.

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Sunflower Creamery Kicks Off Goat Dairy Agritourism Campaign

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.

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Farmers in a grazing cohort on pasture

Transition to Grazing: Farmers Thinking Outside the Box

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.

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