Dairy Cohorts

jersey cows at Howmars Farm in Vermont

How Innovation and Technical Assistance is Building Resiliency on an Organic Dairy 

by Kiera Ebeling, Agricultural Development Specialist at Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Nestled in Franklin, Vermont, Howmars Farm milks between forty-five and fifty jerseys. Jon Gates runs the farm with his son, Noah. As an organic dairy since 1997, Jon and Noah are continuously making improvements to maintain the highest quality milk and …

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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:

Grantee Spotlight: Dorset Peak Jerseys

As a participant in the Dairy Farm Transition to Grazing cohort, Smith received funds through the contract to attend the Ranching for Profit program in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from April 24th – May 1st, 2022. There, he gained expertise in grazing principles and business strategies, learned about the true cost of storing feed vs. the low overhead and high returns of grazing, and reevaluated his equipment to sell what no longer serves his operation.

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.

Most Recent Funding Opportunities Available through NE-DBIC

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy joined the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in announcing the latest rounds of funding opportunities available through the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center. Grants and contracts addressing areas of grazing and forage, food safety, and technical assistance are currently open for application.

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