Business Tools: Dairy Decisions Consultants

A program intended to provide dairy farm families with professional consulting resources to help make decisions that will shape the future of their farm. Once accepted into the program, farms can receive up to $3,500 in funds to work with a Dairy Decisions Consultant.

The Center for Dairy Excellence does offer a list of fourteen Dairy Decisions Consultants who can work with farms in one of three key areas:

  • Business Performance and Reaching Financial Benchmarks
  • New Business Opportunity Exploration
  • Employee Relations & Development

To view a list of the DDC consultants, click here. If a farm already has a consultant in mind they would like to work with, that person can be named within the application for approval by the center. Farms are eligible to receive the DDC Grant once every three years.

To apply for a Dairy Decisions Consultant grant, complete the application below and submit it with a $100 application fee*. The application fee will be reimbursed if the application is not approved into the program. *Fee waived for applications received before June 30, 2019.

Click here for a Dairy Decision Consultant Application

Click here for FAQs about the DDC Program

For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson at 717-346-0849 or


Matt Espenshade, Evergreen-Valley Farm, Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co.

“Working with a Dairy Decisions Consultant helped us evaluate where our primary bottlenecks were and develop a plan to address the most critical challenges that faced our farm first. The process gave us a roadmap through the difficult choices we had to make on our farm.”