Dairy Program

USDA Announces Establishment of a Milk Donation Reimbursement Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the establishment of a Milk Donation Reimbursement Program in accordance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The new program is effective September 16, 2019.

Under the program, eligible dairy organizations partner with non-profit organizations that distribute food to low-income individuals. Those partnerships may apply for and receive limited reimbursements to cover expenses related to certain fluid milk product donations.

USDA Appoints Members to National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of seven members to serve on the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Six appointees will serve three-year terms, July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2022. One appointee will serve the remaining two-year portion of a vacant position, effective immediately, and expiring June 30, 2021.

Newly appointed members are:

Robert D. Knodle, Lynnfield, Mass. (Region 1);

USDA Announces $1.5 Million in Grants Available to Support the Dairy Industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $1.5 million in competitive grant funding is available for the Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives. DBI is authorized through the 2018 Farm Bill. This program supports USDA’s efforts to reduce risk and develop higher-value uses for dairy products, diversify farmer income through processing and marketing innovation, and encourage the use of regional milk production.

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