The Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives support dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing and distribution of dairy products. DBI Initiatives provide direct technical assistance and grants to dairy businesses, including niche dairy products, such as specialty cheese, or dairy products derived from the milk of a dairy animal, including cow, sheep and goat milk.
These initiatives specifically focus on:
- Diversifying dairy product markets to reduce risk and develop higher-value uses for dairy products.
- Promoting business development that diversifies farmer income through processing and marketing innovation.
- Encouraging the use of regional milk production.
Since DBI began in 2019, AMS has selected four initiatives to fulfill the purpose of the program, which include the:
- California State University, Fresno
- University of Tennessee
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
- University of Wisconsin
In FY 2021, AMS awarded $20.2 million to the initiatives to provide valuable technical assistance and sub-grants to dairy farmers and businesses across their regions. For more information, go to the DBI Awarded Grants webpage.
On March 2, 2022, AMS announced an additional investment of $80 million in DBI.