Dairy Producer Shares Perspective on Getting Started, Managing Costs and Building First-Generation Herd

Abbie Evans of A Joy Swiss in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania may have grown up in multiple generations of dairy farming, but she has worked with her husband to build their first-generation Brown Swiss herd and start their dairy operation from the ground up. Right on the Pennsylvania and New York border, Abbie and her husband…

Center for Dairy Excellence Awards $100,000 to Help Producers Enhance Efficiency and Cow Comfort

The Dairy Excellence Grants Were Awarded to 20 Dairy Producers From 12 PA Counties The Center for Dairy Excellence recently awarded a collective total of $100,000 to 20 Pennsylvania dairy producers through the fourth round of the Dairy Excellence Grant program. Leveraging funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this investment from Ag Excellence supported…

PA Dairy Processor Expands Capacity in Sour Cream Department With an Eye on Innovation

Nestled among residential homes and community parks about five miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Schneider’s Dairy, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that has been in operation since 1935. They have provided their community with high-quality dairy products for more than 85 years. Many Pittsburgh natives have early memories of enjoying Schneider’s Dairy milk…

Grants Available to Pair PA Dairy Farms with Professional Consultants and Advisory Teams

The Center’s On-Farm Team and Dairy Decisions Consultant (DDC) Programs Are Both Open The Center for Dairy Excellence is now accepting applications for the On-Farm Team Grant Program and Dairy Decisions Consultant (DDC) Grant Program for the 2022-23 year. Dairy producers who are looking to improve profitability, create a transition plan, or plan a major…

Three Grant Opportunities Now Open for PA Dairy Producers and Processors

The Grants Help Support Improvement Projects, Value-Added Consulting, and Processing Expansions The Center for Dairy Excellence opened three competitive grant programs on September 1, 2022 for Pennsylvania dairy producers and processors who are looking to advance their businesses. Leveraging funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center, the programs include…

Center for Dairy Excellence Awards $202,500 in Third Round of Grants to Help Producers Enhance Efficiency and Cow Comfort

The Dairy Excellence Grants Were Awarded to 43 Dairy Producers From 27 PA Counties The Center for Dairy Excellence recently awarded a collective total of $202,500 to 43 Pennsylvania dairy producers through the third round of the Dairy Excellence Grant program. Leveraging funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this investment from Ag Excellence supported…

Dairy Farm Sisters Create Their Own Yogurt Line, Achieve Regional Growth with the Help of Consultants

When you meet Stephanie and Hayley Painter, two sisters who grew up on Painterland Farms in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, one of the first things you will notice is their passion and drive. They have always envisioned creating a value-added dairy product that could help make their family’s fourth-generation organic dairy and crop farm more sustainable,…

Cumberland County Dairy Farm Boosts Efficiency and Diversifies With On-Farm Creamery

At Stover Farms, a 90-cow, fourth-generation dairy farm in Cumberland County, Pa., Amy Brickner has been working over the last four years to open an on-farm creamery where they can sell their farm-fresh milk and other dairy products. In February of 2022, they became one step closer to their destiny when Amy and her family…

Dairy Excellence Grants to Open for Applications Starting March 1

The Grants Help Support Improvement Projects Related to Cow Comfort, Efficiency, and Milk Production Per Cow The next round of funding for the Dairy Excellence Grant Program opens on March 1, and Pennsylvania dairy producers have until March 31 to submit a grant application. The program is ideal for Pennsylvania dairy producers who want to…

Center for Dairy Excellence Awards $125,000 in Second Round of Grants to Help Producers Enhance Efficiency and Cow Comfort

The Dairy Excellence Grants Were Awarded to 25 Dairy Producers From 17 PA Counties The Center for Dairy Excellence recently awarded a collective total of $125,000 to 25 Pennsylvania dairy producers through the second round of the Dairy Excellence Grant program. Leveraging funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Center has awarded a combined…