The Center for Dairy Excellence offers grants to help farms in Pennsylvania establish a team of key advisors to provide insight into the business decision making process. Teams typically consist of the farm's most trusted advisors, with a facilitator designated to coordinate meetings and work. Three types of teams are available to dairy farm families, with different grant levels for each:
- Dairy Profit Teams: Dairy farms with existing profit teams or that establish a new profit team can receive up to $2,000 in reimbursements for paid team members and discovery-related costs. The Profit Team's function is to serve as a board of advisors for the farm, addressing bottlenecks and identifying opportunities for greater profitability.
- Dairy Transition Teams: This grant is designed to help farms establish a team to develop a transition or succession plan. Farms can apply to receive up to $3,000 in funding, which could cover the cost of paid team members, discovery-related costs and attorney expenses.
- Dairy Transformation Teams: This option allows producers considering a major business transformation to apply to receive up to $5,000 to establish a team to help plan and work through that transformation. The grant may also include additional funding if the farm's plan involves a renewable energy component.
Learn more or register for the On-Farm Resource programs here.