Dairy Decisions Consultant Grants

Applications opened on September 1, 2022, and funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to apply online.

This program provides dairy farm families with professional consulting resources to help make decisions that will shape the future of their farm. Once accepted into the program, farms can receive up to $4,000 in funds to work with a Dairy Decisions Consultant.

The Center for Dairy Excellence offers a list of 22 Dairy Decisions Consultants who can work with farms in one of six key areas:

  • Employee Management & Communication – Employee management is more than just ensuring that your employees are doing their job. It consists of procedures and strategies that can help you measure, monitor, and interact with the workforce that plays a huge role in your business.
  • Business Planning & Structure – Business planning is a necessity to help manage volatility and create a roadmap for decision-making in all aspects of the business.
  • Product Marketing & Labeling – Effective marketing and labeling of your branded dairy products can create a more positive impact on your customers and their purchasing decisions.
  • Direct Marketing – Directly marketing products made from your milk to consumers can help a farm capture more revenues, but the processing and branded business can be complex.
  • Animal Welfare – Veterinarian consultants will help farms establish animal welfare protocols related to the FARM Program as well as help train employees in FARM compliance.
  • Financial Management – Financial management and planning can provide dairy farm families with professional consulting resources to help make decisions that will shape the future of their farm.

To view a list of the DDC consultants, click here. If a farm already has a consultant in mind they would like to work with, that person can be named within the application for approval by the Center. Farms are eligible to receive the DDC Grant once every three years. Click here to see how other farms have used the DDC program.

The DDC grant really transcended us to where we are now. By working with a consultant who has established businesses before, it changed our trajectory. And because of the Center, we’re still working with that same consultant today. It gave us the opportunity to [figure out our next steps making yogurt] through the funds. It was a great connection.

Stephanie Painter, The Painterland Sisters

Frequently Asked Questions:

Click here for FAQs about the DDC Program.

Currently applications for the Dairy Decisions Consultant Program are not being accepted online. For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson at 717-636-0779 or manderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org.