UW picked as 1 of 3 regional dairy innovation centers across the country

UW picked as 1 of 3 regional dairy innovation centers across the country

Sen. Patrick Leahy says the state of Vermont has won a grant to create one of three regional dairy business innovation centers across the country.

The recipients, which includes centers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Tennessee, were announced Wednesday.

Leahy’s office said the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will get just over $454,000 for fiscal year 2019 to work to provide technical and financial assistance to help dairy producers diversify their products and adapt to emerging market trends. The goal of the three-year initiative is to make dairy farms more viable.

The agency will work in Vermont and support work in surrounding states.

Leahy’s office says the Democratic senator has pushed for an additional $20 million to support the three initiatives.

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