Westby, Wis. – (WXOW) – Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin paid a visit to the Westby Cooperative Creamery’s new retail shop, highlighting her new dairy business innovation initiative.
Baldwin first met with company leaders and store employees before taking part in a short conference explaining the program.
In part to Baldwin’s work, the U.S. Department of Agriculture selected Wisconsin to be host to the new Dairy Business Innovation Alliance. Its mission is to support dairy entrepreneurs and assist farmers in finding new ways to be profitable.
“It means we have to think creatively and support our dairy farmers,” Baldwin said. “It also will help them address issues like the current oversupply.”
This year will see a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and a grant budget of $450,000.
“That money will go to support training, low or no cost, both for farmers and dairy processors,” said Rebekah Sweeney, Policy Director for the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
“It will also support micro-loans so that they can come up with new, innovative product, packaging and reach new markets.”