Updated 12/17/20

Help is now available for Giles County and Tennessee dairy businesses.
As part of a recent grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the University of Tennessee Department of Animal Science and the Center for Profitable Agriculture have teamed with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to support eligible dairies as they seek to modernize and diversify their operations.
Approximately $227,000 has been set aside for sub-awards to individual Giles County dairy businesses, and the process to apply for an award is now open.
To qualify for a grant, dairy businesses must use the funds to improve their operations in one of the following three areas, which are,  Modernization, specialization, and grazing transition on dairy farms;  Value chain and commodity innovation and facility and or process updates for dairy processors, and Dairy product development, packaging, and or marketing.
Dairy businesses are businesses that develop, produce, market, or distribute dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and more.
Each applicant can apply for a maximum of $25,000 per application until all funds are awarded.
Applicants may apply for funds to receive training, create business or marketing plans, conduct feasibility studies, develop a food safety plan, or purchase equipment.
The committee will accept applications until February 15th, 2021.