A photo of a white goat in a green grassy field looking at the camera. Other white goats, a person, and a hedgerow of trees are out of focus in the background. Photo courtesy of Tup's Crossing Farm, LLC - Orwell, VT

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) and its partners offers grants, events, workshops, and educational opportunities to dairy farmers, processors, and service providers.

Currently Open

Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant

This grant will provide dairy farmers, processors, and/or producer associations with funds needed to take actionable steps to improve the safety of dairy products. Projects funded through this program will support increased production safety standards with the goal of accessing new markets. Projects that increase marketability of dairy products will be prioritized. Activities covered by this grant include accessing technical assistance, audits, food safety plan development, training, testing fees, and certain infrastructure upgrades.
Grants available of $10,000 - $40,000.

Application period: October 26, 2021 - February 3, 2022

Dairy Packaging Innovation Grant

This grant will fund projects that decrease environmental impacts of dairy product and supply chain packaging and increase marketability of dairy products. Grant funds are available to projects along the spectrum of research, development, and implementation and for projects at a variety of scales. Projects will be collaborative across sectors and include an educational or information sharing component. Dairy processors, dairy producer associations and businesses/organizations in manufacturing, dairy supply chain, or institutions sectors that partner with dairy processors are invited to apply. 
Grants available of $75,000 - $350,000.

Pre-application period: February 3, 2022 - March 17, 2022

Upcoming Activities 

  • Multi-Business Dairy Agritourism Grant: In February 2022, the NE-DBIC will release a second round of this grant opportunity. Projects that support multiple farmers and processors will be eligible for grant funds for the development and marketing of geographically contiguous agritourism activities designed to raise awareness and consumption of regionally produced dairy products.  

  • Grazing, Forage & Alternative Management Cohort Technical Assistance: In February 2022, the NE-DBIC will release the fourth round of this contract opportunity for service providers to offer localized cohort-based technical assistance to dairy farmers. 

  • SIAL Canada: In April 2022, the NE-DBIC will host a pavilion at international food and beverage trade show, SIAL Canada, to showcase value-added dairy products from across the Northeast U.S.  
  • Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant: In April 2022, the NE-DBIC will release a second round of this grant opportunity which will provide funds for established value-added dairy processors to access and utilize professional marketing and branding services.

  • Dairy Processor Innovation Grant: coming June 2022

  • Dairy Farm Innovation Grant: coming August 2022

Competitive Grants and Contracts Underway

Past Activities

  • Goat & Sheep Dairy Market Research, Interactive Dashboard, & Webinar: A suite of resources that educate about goat and sheep dairy consumer preferences in the Northeast and opportunities in the marketplace. 
  • Dairy Experience Forum: In July 2021, the Dairy Experience Forum connected participants to top industry speakers as they share actionable consumer insights, forecasting, and industry thought leadership. Hosted by New England Dairy with support from NE-DBIC. 
  • Dairy Visioning Workshops: In September 2020, a workshop series was delivered to current Vermont dairy farmers focused on the development of concrete, actionable tools and frameworks to plan the future of their farms. 
  • Northern Region Dairy Summit: At this two-day summit in 2019, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) facilitated a discussion between dairy farmers, dairy officials, industry experts and legislative leaders to determine what areas of information were most sensitive to the ongoing success and survival of traditional dairy farming in our region. 
  • Legislative Dairy Tour: In response to requests from the Vermont dairy community at the Northern Region Dairy Summit, officials at the VAAFM organized a legislative tour of six dairies in Vermont. 

Northeast DBIC Staff

Laura Ginsburg, Center Lead
(802) 522-2252 

Kathryn Donovan, Center Coordinator
(802) 585-4571

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Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
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