|MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), announced 19 Wisconsin dairy companies will receive a DATCP Dairy Processor Grant in 2022. These grants aim to foster innovation, improve profitability, and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities.
“Wisconsin’s dairy industry is not only a vital part of our economy, but it’s core to our Wisconsin heritage and who we are as a state,” said Gov. Evers. “I was proud to increase funding for these grants in our last budget, and I am glad to be awarding these funds today to ensure our dairy processors can continue to grow their businesses and consumers across the globe can continue to enjoy high-quality dairy products from America’s Dairyland.”
As part of the 2021-23 biennial budget, Gov. Evers increased the annual funding for dairy processor grants from $200,000 to $400,000 to provide additional support to Wisconsin’s dairy industry. DATCP received 43 grant requests totaling more than $1.7 million.
“Wisconsin’s dairy processors are a critical element of our state’s thriving dairy industry,” said DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski. “As a national leader in the production of cheese, our processors are constantly seeking new technologies, modernizing, and finding new ways to meet the needs of consumers. These grants help processors accomplish those goals.”
Over the last several months, Gov. Evers has signed multiple bills to support Wisconsin’s dairy industry, including Assembly Bill 314, which set export benchmarks for DATCP and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to increase the value of Wisconsin’s milk, dairy, and other product exports by 25 percent by June 30, 2026, and Senate Bill 827, which will supplement these efforts by investing more than $880,000 to support the promotion of dairy exports.
The dairy processor grant recipients and their planned projects are:
Plant relocation and expansion to meet quality demands and the needs of customers and employees.
Brunkow Cheese, Darlington | $18,500
Cedar Valley Cheese, Belgium | $25,000
Decatur Swiss Co-op, Brodhead | $24,000
Door Artisan Cheese, Egg Harbor | $25,000
Henning Cheese, Kiel | $18,500
Hill Valley Dairy, East Troy | $20,000
Holland’s Family Cheese, Thorp | $22,000
Landmark Creamery, Belleville | $22,000
Lynn Dairy, Granton | $25,000
Milk Specialties Global, Fond du Lac | $28,000
Muscoda Protein Products, Muscoda | $28,000
Renard’s Cheese, Algoma | $24,000
Specialty Cheese Company, Reeseville | $20,000
Two Guernsey Girls Creamery, Freedom | $5,000
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville | $10,000
Westby Co-op Creamery, Westby | $25,000
Wisconsin Pride, Mauston | $25,000
Wiskerchen Cheese, Auburndale | $20,000
Since its inception in 2014, DATCP has received 161 dairy processor grant proposals requesting more than $6.3 million. DATCP has funded 85 of those proposals totaling $1.7 million. For more information on dairy processor grants, visit the DATCP website here.
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