Burns: State grants available to support Pa. dairy industry

Eligible entities to include farmers, nonprofits, schools and businesses

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – Local farmers, organizations and entities that support or are connected to the state’s dairy industry are encouraged to apply for the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, state Rep. Frank Burns announced today.

Burns, D-Cambria, said the program will provide $5 million in grants to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry in adopting organic processes, research and development initiatives, value-added processing and marketing efforts. Individuals, businesses, nonprofits, schools, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to apply.

“This second year of grant funding was made possible by the passage of the PA Farm Bill package earlier this year, which I supported,” Burns said. “These grants are a great way to help our local farmers and companies stay competitive and support innovative processes designed to keep our dairy industry strong and vibrant for generations to come.”

For more information on the program, visit: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/pennsylvania-dairy-investment-program-pdip/

The deadline to apply for the grant is Friday, Nov. 15. To apply, visit the following website: www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx

Burns added that Brittany Blackham, his own in-house grant writer, can provide information and assistance regarding the grant application. She can be reached at his Portage office at 814-736-7339.