Agropur Dairy Cooperative north of Stangelville is one of 11 Wisconsin dairy companies that will receive Dairy Processor Grants for 2020 from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

The grants are designed to foster innovation, improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processors.

Agropur plans to use the grant to install a milk fat recovery system that captures molder and cooker water fat from waste water and converts it into a value-added product.

“Wisconsin is known for its world-class dairy farms, equipment, knowledge and technology,” said Krista Knigge, administrator for DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development (DAD). “To be a national and global leader in the dairy industry, our processors have to be exploring new technologies, modernizing facilities, and exploring new ways to adapt and be profitable. These grants are designed to help them accomplish those goals.”

A total of $200,000 was available for the 2020 Dairy Processor Grants, with a maximum of $50,000 for each project. Grant recipients are required to provide a match of at least 20 percent of the grant amount. DATCP received 26 requests totaling almost $1,000,000. Through a competitive review process, 11 dairy processors were selected to receive a total of $200,000.

The other grant recipients are Moundview Dairy (Platteville), Cedar Grove Cheese (Plain) Henning Cheese (Kiel), Wisconsin Pride Cheese Company (Mauston), Holland’s Family Cheese (Thorp, Yodelay Yogurt (Madison), Zimmerman Cheese Company (South Wayne), Arena Cheese (Arena), Nasonville Dairy (Marshfield), and Caprine Supreme (Black Creek).