On Farm Resource Team Programs

dsc_2996Using a team approach to provide greater insight into your business decision making process can lead to improved profitability, enhanced performance and future opportunities. It can also smooth the road for transition to the next generation or transform into a new business model. The Center for Dairy Excellence leverages funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide grants to individual farms to establish either a Dairy Profit, Transition or Transformation Team.

The 2018-2019 Profit, Transition and Transformation Team grant application acceptance period is now closed.  All funds have been exhausted.

The three grant options made available during the 2018-19 fiscal year are outlined below. All farms accepted into the program must submit all expenses related to their grant for reimbursement by May 31, 2018. All expenses must be submitted using an expense reimbursement form and be accompanied by meeting minutes.

  • Dairy Profit Teams: Dairy farms with existing profit teams or that establish a new profit team to work in an advisory role for the farm can receive up to $2,000 in reimbursements for paid team members and discovery-related costs. Profit teams typically consist of the farm’s most trusted advisors, with a facilitator designated to coordinate the meetings and work flow.*
  • Dairy Transition Teams: This grant is designed to help the farm establish a team to develop a transition or succession plan. Farms can apply to receive up to $3,000 in funding, which could cover the cost of paid team members, discovery-related costs and lawyer expenses.*
  • Dairy Transformation Teams: New with the expanded program, the Transformation Team option allows producers considering a major business transformation to apply to receive up to $5,000 to establish a team to help plan and work through that transformation. The grant may also include additional funding if the farm’s plan involves a renewable energy component.

For more information about the 2018-19 On-Farm Resource Team Programs, please contact Melissa Anderson at 717-346-0849 or manderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org.