The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) will support three projects which will enhance the available technical assistance for dairy farmers and processors in the region. Additional resources and research related to the NE-DBIC can also be found on this page.
On-farm technical assistance provision through University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Specialists is a critical element for successful farm operation, adoption of new strategies, and problem solving. This capacity has not recently existed in Vermont and is one of the most frequently sought-after services from farm operators. UVM Extension has added dairy technical assistance specialists to provide dairy farm owners and managers in areas of milk quality, pasture management, nutrition, animal husbandry, animal housing/facilities, and personnel management. This program provides services across Vermont and will engage with other regional Extension opportunities to share knowledge with farmers outside of Vermont.
Research & Development
Assessment of Dairy Farms Interested in Supplying Milk to Local & Regional Specialty Cheesemakers, Karen Karp & Partners (KK&P), April 2022
Strengthening the Region Value-Added Dairy Distribution System, KK&P, April 2022
Goat & Sheep Dairy Market Research, Atlantic Corporation, 2021
- Vermont Dairy Marketing Assessment, KK&P
- Specialty Cheese Marketing Research Report, Atlantic Corporation
- Vermont Agriculture & Food Systems Plan/Farm to Plate Strategic Plan incorporates a variety of dairy-focused briefs including some dedicated to goat, sheep, and specialty cheese.
The USDA funds three additional Dairy Business Innovation initiatives. You can find resources and information about these initiatives on their websites.