An Algoma area cheesemaker is one of 10 Wisconsin dairy companies that have been named recipients of Dairy Processor Grants through a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) program intended to foster innovation, improve profitability and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities.

According to a DATCP news release, Renard’s Rosewood Dairy Inc., 248 County Road S, plans to utilize the $15,000 grant for a renovation project at its existing cheesemaking plant that will allow for cheese to be cut and stored in the plant, work currently performed at other facilities about 15 miles away.

The expansion also will allow for developing additional lines of string cheese and a new brie line.

“Wisconsin dairy farmers produce some of the nation’s highest quality milk. Milk produced in our state is the key ingredient in making a number of award-winning, nutritious dairy products that are enjoyed around the country and throughout the world,” said DATCP Secretary Brad Pfaff. “In order to meet the growing demand for Wisconsin dairy products, these grants will assist dairy processors in becoming more innovative, efficient and adaptable in bringing our state’s dairy products to the consuming public.”

A total of $200,000 was available for the 2019 Dairy Processor Grants, with a maximum $50,000 allowed for each project. Grant recipients are required to provide a match of at least 20 percent of the grant amount. DATCP received 14 grant requests totaling about $350,000. Through a competitive review process, the 10 dairy processors were selected to receive a total of $200,000.

Other grant recipients are Nasonville Dairy Inc. near Marshfield, $42,000; Cooperative Regions of Organic Producers Pools (CROPP-Organic Valley), $28,569; Widmer’s Cheese Cellars, Theresa, $27,500; Sassy Cow Creamery, Columbus, $20,000; Chalet Cheese Cooperative, Monroe, $20,000; Specialty Cheese Company Inc., Reesville, $15,000; Westby Cooperative Creamery, $15,000; Eckerman Sheep Company/Phlox Farms, Antigo, $11,931; and Bifrost Farms Creamery LLC, Boyceville, $5,000.