(HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program will provide $28,109 for the Hameau Farm, Union Township, to help with the construction of an onsite testing lab and creamery facility, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and stat Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-171) announced today.
“We established this program last year in order to provide assistance to dairy farms such as this who can and want to make changes that will provide them direct access to consumers,” Senator Corman said. “The grant is part of our legislative efforts to take action to improve opportunities for our dairy farmers.”
“Pennsylvania’s dairy industry is known for its wholesome, unmatched, high-quality products,” Benninghoff said. “Not only that, but they, and all of the farming community, provide good jobs and are the backbone of the county. Supporting the dairy industry is supporting our local community.”
The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 42 of 2018 for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing, and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA), under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).
The Hameau Farm is a small, pasture-based operation that produces about 1,100 pounds of milk per day. The farm plans to sell the milk directly to consumers.
The onsite lab will eliminate daily costs, test milk safely in real time and allow the farm to establish a direct market for the milk. Hameau Farm has received its raw milk permit. A small creamery where cheese, yogurt and other value-added products also will be created. The total project cost is $33,070.
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