Harrisburg, Pa. − January 22, 2020 − State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. today announced two awards to local dairy programs, totaling nearly $400,000.
“Dairy is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, with unique and difficult challenges. If we want the industry to continue its success nationally, we need to support it from the state level,” said Senator Costa. “Just this month, I attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show and had the opportunity to speak to several dairy farmers. I’m proud to announce these local grants and anxious to see their projects unfold.”
Twin Brook Dairy will receive $38,278 to establish a milk processing facility in Homestead. They will use the funds to centralize milk processing and sell chocolate milk directly, as well as purchase additional equipment.
Turner Dairy Farms in Penn Hill Township will receive $355,562 to increase its dairy processing capacity. Since 2014, Turner Dairy has sold 10 different flavored milk products on a seasonal basis, and to offer them on a more regular basis they need to install newer, larger equipment.
The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 38 of 2019 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).