25 projects prioritize long-term farm viability, climate and economic resilience for dairy farms
January 31, 2024 | Montpelier, VT – The Northeast Dairy Business & Innovation Center announces the selected recipients of the Dairy Farm Modernization & Improvement Grant. In its inaugural funding round, 25 farms were selected for awards across seven states, with total program funding of $1,583,331. 10 Vermont farms will receive funding.
This grant funds a wide range of projects that prioritize long-term farm viability, climate and economic resilience for dairy farms.
The projects selected for funding include incorporating technologies like robotic manure scrapers to improve herd health and comfort, modernizing milking parlors for increased labor and energy efficiencies, and improving forage with sorghum as a climate-smart alternative to corn silage. The range of projects are connected in their goals to promote healthier livestock and environmental conditions while improving the daily work of farmers and their employees.
See the selected farms and learn about their projects on the NE-DBIC website: nedairyinnovation.com/farm-improvement-modernization-grant-awardees
NE-DBIC envisions a resilient regional dairy sector that works for farmers, processors, and consumers, and where dairy is a leader in climate-forward agriculture. Along with offering grants that promote innovation for regional production of dairy products, NE-DBIC will host the Northeast Dairy Innovation Summit in Albany, NY this April. Learn more about the summit on their website: nedairyinnovation.com/summit
For questions, please contact: Laura Ginsburg | Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 802-522-2252 | Laura.Ginsburg@vermont.gov