WAUSAU (WAOW)–U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin toured Great Lakes Cheese as well as highlighting her Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives Program.
The program will help dairy businesses add value to their products and reach new markets.
Baldwin’s work has led to the U.S. Department of Agriculture selecting Wisconsin to host the new Dairy Business Innovation Alliance.
The alliance will be a hub in the Midwest that supports dairy entrepreneurs and help farmers find new ways to be profitable and meet consumer demand.
“And I feel like we’re also losing some of our diversity in dairy farming a lot of the folks that have had to close their farm operations have been small and medium sized farms and I have to say I disagree with Sonny Perdue our USDA Secretary when he says you have to get big or else. I think one of our strengths is our diversity,” Baldwin said.
The hub will be led by the Center for Dairy Research at U-W Madison in partnership with the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the support of other dairy organizations.
Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured 20 million dollars in federal funding for the program which is an increase of 18 million dollars from the previous year. The money will help cheesemakers develop new products and expand markets.