In 2017, a series of discussions was held to gauge interest in developing a milk processing plant in northern Indiana for goat and cow milk. With large populations of potential customers within three hours, the region is uniquely positioned to provide fresher, tastier locally produced goat and niche cow milk products.
A meeting is scheduled on April 16 at 7 p.m. in the LaGrange County Office Building to consider what goat and cow milk products can and should be produced in a new local processing facility. Information of research on market potential from the Department of Agriculture Economics at Purdue University will be shared.
Anyone interested in being a part of this opportunity to support the sustainability of small farms is welcome to attend this important meeting. For more information, contact Steve Engleking, Purdue Extension Educator in LaGrange County at 260-499-6334, [email protected]; Elysia Rodgers, Purdue Extension Educator in DeKalb County at 260-925-2562, [email protected]; or Robert Kelly, Purdue Extension Educator in Elkhart County at 574-533-0554, [email protected].