Beginning July 15, 2021 dairy businesses in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky will be eligible to apply for a new round of funding to modernize and diversify their operations through the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives (DBII) program.
The first round of funds for this program was made available to Tennessee dairy farms in 2020 as part of an ongoing grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. In this new round of DBII funding, the pool of potential recipients has expanded to include dairy businesses in Kentucky and North Carolina as well as Tennessee. The scale of projects that can be funded through this phase of funding has also grown.
Applications may be submitted by prospective or current dairy businesses provided the dairy business diversifies dairy product markets to reduce risk and develop higher value uses for dairy products, promotes business development that diversifies farmer income through processing and marketing innovation, and encourages the use of regional milk production.
Grant applications for prospective or current dairy businesses provided by the Southeast DBII must focus on value chain and commodity innovation and facility and process updates for dairy processors and/or dairy product development, packaging and marketing.
For program details, visit the NC Dairy Extension DBII page.