Dairy Funding and Incentives

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Milk/Dairy Advisory Board

The main role of the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, Dairy West, and United Dairy Industry of Michigan is to promote the dairy industry in Wisconsin, Idaho, and Michigan respectively. The 2019 funding application for Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin has closed. Applicants can apply to receive funding from Dairy West and United Dairy Industry of Michigan by submitting an online form through their websites.

DAIRY FARMERS OF WISCONSIN

Brief Description

Funding Application Process

  • To receive funding from the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, applicants need to log in to their member accounts and apply online by selecting the “dairy promotions” tab and then “funding application.”
  • However, funding application for 2019 has closed as the deadline was January 19, 2019.
  • The 2019 funding program allowed eligible county dairy promotion groups to receive up to $4,750 in funding to engage in activities related to local dairy promotions.
  • The 2020 funding program is open only to county dairy promotion groups that send at least two active representatives to the upcoming County Dairy Promotion Group Conference in November 2019.

DAIRY WEST

Brief Description

  • Dairy West was created in 2017 to continue the work of the United Dairymen of Idaho. The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada joined the organization in 2018.
  • The main role of Dairy West is to represent dairy farms based in Idaho and Utah and promote the dairy products produced in these states.
  • Dairy promotion programs launched by the organization include dairy farm tours, in-school health and wellness program Fuel Up to Play 60, farm to school program, and others.
  • Under the Farm Family Scholarship program, Dairy West offers scholarships to immediate family members of dairy operations based in Idaho and Utah.
  • Dairy West’s website features a database for dairy-based recipes.

Funding Application Process

  • To receive funding via the Dairy Producer Reimbursement Program from Dairy West, applicants need to submit an online request form through its website.
  • The program was created to support to Idaho and Utah dairy farm families that purchase dairy products for off-farm community events or on-farm tours/events.
  • For community events, the value of dairy products purchased cannot exceed $200 per dairy permit per year. A $600 per year limit will be applied to producers with multiple permits.
  • There are no limit requirements for on-farm tours/events.
  • Raw dairy products are not eligible for reimbursement as Dairy West does not endorse raw milk consumption.

UNITED DAIRY INDUSTRY OF MICHIGAN

Brief Description

  • The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (Milk Means More) was founded in 2009.
  • It is the “umbrella organization for the Dairy Council of Michigan and the American Dairy Association of Michigan.”
  • The organization’s main role is to raise “awareness of the benefits of consuming dairy products among generations of Michigan residents.”
  • The United Dairy Industry of Michigan has published 626 dairy-based recipes on its website.
  • The organization has previously organized events such as the Great Dairy Adventure, National Ice Cream Day, Beyond the Training Room, and others.

Funding Application Process

  • To receive funding via the Dairy Promotion Grant Program from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, applicants need to submit an online application form or physical form via fax/mail.
  • The accompanying Grant Reimbursement Form must be submitted via mail.
  • The Dairy Promotion Grant Program was created to provide funding for “Michigan dairy farm families and employees to conduct promotional events in their local communities to remind their neighbors of the pure enjoyment of dairy.”
  • A single farm entity can receive funding up to $1,500 per year. Up to $500 of that amount can be used to fund support items such as signage, banners, coolers, and others.
  • The event must be held in Michigan and be used to promote the entire Michigan dairy industry instead of one brand.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

We have defined the equivalents of the California Milk Advisory Board and Dairy Promotion Order as organizations that also promote the consumption of milk and/or dairy products produced in their states. The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and United Dairy Industry of Michigan promote the consumption of dairy products produced in Wisconsin and Michigan respectively. United Dairymen of Idaho used to be the main organization that promotes Idaho’s dairy industry. In 2017/2018, the United Dairymen of Idaho and Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada began to be co-branded with Dairy West as the same entity.
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