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Next Round of Dairy 30x20 Grants Presented
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/17/2015

Another group of Wisconsin dairy producers will be getting some financial help from the state to help implement ways to boost milk production. On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture announced 39 new recipients of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 grants. This is the fourth round of funding since the program was first unveiled in early 2012.

"Transitioning the farm to the next generation family member can be a challenging process both financially and emotionally," said State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel. "It's good to see farmers who are planning ahead and will use their Dairy 30x20 award to help make the transfer of ownership go as smoothly as possible. That's good for the farm families and good for the future of Wisconsin agriculture."

As part of the program, applicants who have a written business plan can qualify to receive up to $5,000 to help increase profitability. The producer must match at least 20-percent of the overall cost of the expenses they are incurring.

Assistance is provided by 30x20 teams in two areas: Planning & Preparation and Dairy Profit. The Planning and Preparation Teams work with farmers who are considering change in business structure, investment in facilities or modernization and expansion. Dairy Profit Teams support the farmer making changes in how they operate whether it is forming a nutrition plan, managing herd health, planning for managed grazing, transitioning to organic, implementing new technology, or meeting environmental challenges.

Grant recipients include:

Baerwolf Dairies LLC, Sun Prairie
Ronald Baus, Mt. Calvary
Dean Bender, Dorchester
Jeremy Brady, Tigerton
Neil Breunig, Lodi
Brickstead Dairy LLC, Greenleaf
William Ciolkosz, Thorp
Ti-Shi Dairy Inc., Elmwood
Collins Dairy LLC, Greenleaf
Dopp Dairy Domain Inc., Wild Rose
Scott Drinkman, Downing
Ryan Dunnum, Westby
Double Nickel Dairy LLC, Pulaski
Holtland Holsteins LLC, Fennimore
Kauer Farms, Walworth
Lynn Kirschbaum, Glen Haven
Lulich Farms, Inc., Mason
Hardscrabble Farm, Jim Falls
Dwight Mayer, Slinger
Mell-wood LLC, Waunakee
Cheeseville Dairy LLC, West Bend
Brian Micke, Brillion
Martin J. Mulcahy, Dane
Sunrise Acres of Waldo LLP, Waldo
Naumann Farms LLC, Cecil
Larrand Dairy Inc., De Pere
D & T Dairy LLC, Fox Lake
David Peasley, Black River Falls
Steven W Pfaff, Alma Center
Ripp's Wauna-Dairy, Waunakee
Howard Robertson, Ogema
Jerome Schroth Family Dairy, Shiocton
Schuh Homestead Farm, Brillion
Siegmund Farm LLC, Kewaunee
Genart Hillcrest Farm, LLC, St. Cloud
Millers Osceden Acres Inc., Eden
Paul Van Gheem, De Pere
Dale L. Wagner, Manitowoc
Larson Acres, Evansville

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