The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC), hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, is one of four USDA Dairy Business Innovation Intiatives (DBII) in the nation. The NE-DBIC launched in February of 2020 and serves at ten-state region which includes all New England states, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The NE-DBIC provides support to dairy businesses through projects that promote the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products. Projects target dairy farms and processors while providing additional support through market research and technical assistance. The Center's investment and project strategy promotes innovation and resiliency for regional production of dairy products.
To date, $12.72 million has been awarded to the Vermont-based NE-DBIC for projects extending through 2024. Half of the federal funding awarded for the NE-DBIC is granted to dairy farmers and value-added processors.
Funding for the NE-DBIC was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grants AM190100XXXXG081, AM200100XXXXG003, and 21DBIVT1004-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.