From The California Milk Advisory Board

The California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC) recently announced the availability of first round of grants through Pacific Coast Coalitions Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (DBII). Producers and processors can apply through August 30th for a maximum of $50,000 per application for initiatives supporting dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, DBII program-funded initiatives focus on product, process, and packaging innovation and serve to:

  • Diversify dairy product markets to reduce risk and develop higher value uses for dairy products,
  • Promote business development that diversifies farmer income through processing and marketing innovation, and
  • Encourage the use of regional milk production.

The grants are the first in the $1.8 million DBII award from the USDA that created the Pacific Coast Coalition to support dairy businesses in California, Oregon, and Washington in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 noon on August 30, 2022. The Request for Applications document is available online here at: Application Materials Google Drive and includes all required forms and templates. The full press release is available at: https://www.californiadairypressroom.com/Press_Releases/pacificcoastcoalitionannouncesaugust30thapplicationdeadlinedairyinnovation

Additional questions can be directed to dairypacificcoast@mail.fresnostate.edu

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