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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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Free Mediation Services Available to Northeast Dairy Farming Community

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. 

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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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$112k Awarded in Dairy Agritourism Grants in the Northeast Region

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces grant awards totaling $112,857 through the Multi-Business Agritourism Grant program. Six dairy farmers, processors, and organizations in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont will launch innovative agritourism projects through the NE-DBIC’s first competitive grant round.

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Scott and Traci Cleveland

Cleveland Farms: Adaptability in Grazing Leads to Economic Returns

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

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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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