The DBIA is excited to announce that small- to medium-sized dairy farmers, entrepreneurs, and processors in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin can prepare now to apply for a new, $1 million round of grants administered by the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA). We are encouraging applicants to begin to develop business plans, secure vendor quotes, and take advantage of webinars and other resources available at

The Dairy Business Builder grant competition opens February 1, 2022 when applications will be available for download. Completed applications will be due March 31, 2022. Eligible projects will include dairy farm diversification, the creation of value-added dairy products, and efforts to market dairy products for export. Reimbursement grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded through a competitive review process.

“Since the creation of DBIA, we’ve seen many innovative proposals that have advanced farm and dairy processor businesses and brought new products to market,” said John Umhoefer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), which partners with Center for Dairy Research (CDR) to execute DBIA in the Upper Midwest.

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