If you’re feeling stress, anxiety, or overwhelm, remember that you’re not alone. Take some time to visit the resources linked in this post. Reach out for support and know that asking for help is a resilient quality in any farmer.
Like any relationship, marketing is a series of connections, from an initial introduction of your farm to snippets of stories about your farm and product. Whether you’re reviewing your current marketing strategy or starting from scratch, you’ll find guidance in the free resources below.
In 2022, the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) worked with farmers, processors, and technical service providers across 11 states, funding over 100 projects and investing over $6.5 million in regional dairy.
The NE-DBIC, supported by University of Missouri Extension and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), hosted an opportunity for northeastern farmers to learn from New Zealand and Irish dairy farmers in Missouri.
The Vermont Cheese Council launched The Hunt, a statewide scavenger hunt adventure, in 2020 to benefit Vermont cheesemakers and other value-added dairy businesses as well as to engage locals and visitors during the pandemic.
NE-DBIC will have the opportunity to submit a proposal for up to $20 million, funded through the American Rescue Plan as part of an additional investment of $80 million by USDA in the DBI Initiatives.
Mediation is an informal process where parties meet with a neutral person (mediator) who helps them negotiate their differences. Mediators don’t decide who is legally right or wrong nor will they tell you what to do. Mediation leaves the decision-making power totally and strictly with the parties. Mediators with expertise in agricultural issues are available for free in states throughout the Northeast.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of $20.2 million in the Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives. DBI awarded $18.4 million to three current Initiatives at University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and $1.8 million to the California State University Fresno.
Cleveland Farms was established in 1985 and at its current location since 1994. Scott and his wife Traci run the farm together, along with their eldest son Justin who is on the farm full-time as well. The milk from their 80 milking cows is shipped to AgriMark/Cabot. While Scott’s main motivation in transitioning to a grazing-based operation was to find a more economical way to produce milk by reducing feed costs
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is now fully staffed. We are pleased to have a strong team supporting dairy farmers and processors in our region. We are happy to introduce you to the team!