State making $5 million in grants available to dairy farmers |

State making $5 million in grants available to dairy farmers

Stephen Huba
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
The Graham Dairy Farm in Fairfield Township.

The state is making $5 million in grants available to Pennsylvania’s struggling dairy farmers.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program will make funding available to eligible farmers to help them modernize their operations and better adapt to market conditions. Dairy farmers have been dealing with depressed prices , along with shrinking markets and declining demand, since 2014.

The grant program is meant to help farmers research new technologies, market to new domestic and international markets, explore new business opportunities, diversify their operations, and transition to organic production methods.

“This historic funding is not only a critical investment in an industry grappling with difficult global market conditions, but a critical investment in our largest sector of production agriculture and the people whose livelihoods rely on it,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

The program is open for applications now that guidelines have been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

More information about the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development website .

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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