July 2022.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an additional investment of $80 million in the Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives programs. In November 2021, DBI awarded $18.4 million to current Initiatives at University of Tennessee, Vermont Agency for Food and Marketing and University of Wisconsin, as well as $1.8 million to a new initiative at California State University Fresno. Under the existing DBI program, which was announced through a FY21 Request for Applications (RFA), each Initiative has the opportunity to submit additional proposals for up to $20 million in American Rescue Plan funds to further support processing capacity expansion, on-farm improvements, and technical assistance to producers. Fresno State, in collaboration with the CDIC, will apply for this additional $20 million grant, which will be made available by year end.