Snyder: Fayette County farm to receive state grant to expand production

HARRISBURG, Jan 22 – A Fayette County farm was awarded $50,000 in state funds to expand its product offerings with a line of cheeses, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said that the funds, which are from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, will allow Jackson Farms in Redstone Township to purchase equipment to expand its line of dairy products to include several varieties of cheese, including cheddar, Gouda, colby cottage cheese, provolone and Swiss cheeses, using milk from their farms.

“Our farm has a rich history of providing wholesome dairy products throughout Fayette County, and we are pleased that this state support will allow us to continue to grow our business and provide additional Pennsylvania milk offerings to the community,” noted Bill Jackson and Kerry Harvey, owners of Jackson Farms.

“This is a worthwhile investment in the future growth and prosperity of our already successful agriculture industry here in Fayette County,” Snyder said. “I look forward to seeing the continued growth of Jackson Farms – and an opportunity to try their new products – in the near future.”

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program provides for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of the state’s dairy industry. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/pennsylvania-dairy-investment-program-pdip/.