The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing almost $34 million to help 258 businesses nationwide, including a number of cheese and dairy-related businesses, Vernita F. Dore, USDA rural development under secretary, announced Tuesday.
The funding comes from USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. These grants can be used to develop new agricultural products or additional markets for existing ones.
Cheese and dairy-related Value-Added Producer Grants announced by USDA this week include:
Alabama’s Organic Dairy Products LLC, a $240,000 working capital grant to help advertise and market organic fluid dairy products for retail markets.
Challenge Dairy Products, Dublin, CA, a $250,000 working capital grant to help pay the high cost of new product introduciton and help restore profitability.
Orland Farmstead Creamery, LLC, Orland, CA, a $20,000 working capital grant to expand the existing creamery production to include pasteurized bottled milk.
Bohemian Creamery, Sebastopol, CA, a $100,000 working capital grant to produce, market and sell goat whey sodas and soft-serve frozen goat milk yogurt.
Southeast Milk, Inc., Belleview, FL, a $250,000 capital grant to expand the cooperative’s product line through processing, packaging, and advertising “Extended Shelf Life Half and Half.”
Desiree Wehner, dba Dreaming Cow Creamery, Georgia, a $250,000 working capital grant to help process and market milk into Dreaming Cow Natural Yogurt.
Cable Creek, LLC, Post Falls, ID, a $27,812 working capital grant to help pay for processing and marketing costs to expand the farmstead cheese operation.
Scidmore Dairy, LLC, llinois, a $16,838 grant to help fund planning expenses to create an on-farm creamery to produce bottled milk, cheese and butter products.
Goat Milk Stuff LLC, Scottsburg, IN, a $250,000 working capital grant to expand caramel sales to the online customer base, and fund a marketing campaign.
Doe’s and Diva’s Dairy, Honey Creek, IA, a $43,520 capital grant that will be used as working capital for goat cheeses and lotions.
Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson, IA, a $49,900 working capital grant to improve product packaging and expand market areas for its dairy products.
WW Homestead Dairy, LLC, Waukon, IA, a $250,000 working capital grant to process, package, market and deliver local, non-homogenized, pasteurized milk and ice cream and other dairy products.
Hildebrand Farms, Junction City, KS, a $92,992 working capital grant to expand the sale of processed milk.
Brady Gibson, dba ED-Mar Farms, Walton, KY, a $90,000 working capital grant to expand production and marketing of cheese through packaging and a dedicated sales and marketing staff.
Lanco Dairy Farms Co-op, Hagerstown, MD, a $52,000 planning grant to develop a feasibility study on owning a plant that processes Italian-style cheeses.
Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery, Lewiston, MN, a $250,000 working capital grant to expand the market for artisan farmstead cheese.
Redhead Creamery, Brooten, MN, a $250,000 working capital grant that will be used for a new on-farm creamery that produces cheese.
Browning Angus, LLC, dba Creekside Creamery, Missouri, a $42,000 planning grant to fund a feasibility study of an on-farm cheese processing facility.
Dairymen’s Best Creamery Cooperative, LLC, Houston, MO, a $250,000 working capital grant to help process and market milk products, including cheese, butter and yogurt.
Darby Springs Farm, LLC, Ceresco, NE, a $49,999 working capital grant to help create and expand farmstead ice cream and milk caramel from grass-fed milk.
Burbach’s Countryside Dairy, LLC, Hartington, NE, a $240,000 working capital grant to expand the value-added product line to include yogurt.
Main Street Cheese, Hancock, NH, a $35,684 working capital grant to fund operating expenses for the company to produce, package, market and distribute farmstead goat’s milk cheeses.
Creamy Acres Farm, LLC, Mullica Hill, NJ, a $38,000 planning grant to evaluate the feasibility of a new on-farm ice cream and milk bottling operation.
Riverine Ranch, Asbury, NJ, a $42,000 planning grant to develop a study and plan for producing fresh Mozzarella cheese and aged cheese from water buffalo milk.
Fulper Family Farmstead, LLC, Lambertville, NJ, a $250,000 working capital grant to increase product offerings, develop and expand the on-site farm store, expand retail marketing.
Shippetaukin, LLC, dba Cherry Grove Farm, Lawrenceville, NJ, a $182,000 working capital grant to facilitate the expansion of the value-added cheese business for packaging, supplies and expand marketing.
Trinity Valley, LLC, Cortland, NY, a $192,000 capital grant to expand the customer base for a line of fluid milk and milk products.
Palace Industries, Inc., dba Rogue Creamery, Central Point, OR, a $250,000 capital grant that will be used as working capital for ice cream and organic milk.
Horseshoe Trail LLC, dba Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs, PA, a $160,000 working capital grant to launch an on-farm cheesemaking facility and expand cheese production, and increase brand awareness.
Hickory Hill Farm LLC, dba Hickory Hill Milk, Edgefield, SC, a $240,000 working capital grant to fund supplies, delivery, labor and marketing to expand and meet customer demand.
Lowcountry Creamery, LLC, Bowman, SC, a $250,000 working capital grant to grow the business through expanded marketing and enlarging the customer base.
Big Picture Farm LLC, Townshend, VT, a $124,280 working capital grant to process, package and market farmstead goat milk truffles.
Larson Farm, Wells, VT, a $49,999 working capital grant to use the farm’s own milk, and converting it to pasteurized creamline bottled milk, yogurt and gelato.
Old Church Creamery, Manquin, VA, a $175,000 working capital grant for processing and marketing value-added dairy products to meet the growing demand for those products in the region.
Dobler Hill Dairy, LLC, dba Cedar Creek Creamery, Woodland, WA, a $36,000 planning grant to develop a feasibility study and business plan for a goat milk cheese project.
Harmony Field, LLC, dba Skagit Sheep Creamery, Washington, a $120,000 working capital grant to market and brand Skagit Sheep Creamery cheese.
Luken Farms, Inc., Washington, a $249,035 working capital grant to fund a yogurt and kefir project.
Foremost Farms, Baraboo, WI, a $250,000 working capital grant to increase sales of heat-treated permeate to Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.
Burnett Dairy Cooperative, Grantsburg, WI, a $250,000 working capital grant to expand the sales of meat-infused String cheese.
Ellsworth Cooperative Ceamery, Ellsworth, WI, a $250,000 working capital grant to provide working capital for a creamery to expand direct sales of their cheese crumbles, a by-product of cheese curd production.