The future of the Wisconsin dairy industry is strong because of farms like Royal-Mist Holsteins in Loyal. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel announced last week that Royal-Mist Holsteins is one of the 44 recipients of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 grants.
Secretary Brancel announced the grant recipients at a news conference hosted by Kristan Opelt, and her husband Trent of Royal-Mist Holsteins. Kristan and Trent received a Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 grant to assist with the transition of the 65-milking cow dairy farm from her parents, Jerry and Sandy Noeldner. The grant funds will assist with re-surveying, appraising and completing legal work to transfer the farm buildings, pasture and a building site for a new barn to the beginning farmers as part of an overall farm transition plan.
"The Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 grants allow these farmers to take steps to improve farm profitability, plan for future investments and make the transfer to the next generation," said Brancel. "By ensuring the long-term production of our state's dairy farms, Wisconsin will continue to be America's Dairyland and provide the fresh, quality milk our dairy processors are demanding."
Grant applications were accepted in March and reviewed by an internal and external review process. Farmers could be awarded a grant up to $5,000. At least 20% in matching funds needed to be provided by the applicant.
A total of $199,472 in grant funds will be distributed. The grant recipients include:
•The Barta Farm LLC - Two Rivers
• Benitz Farms LLC - Maiden Rock
• Badger Pride Dairy LLC - Valders
• Cycle Farm - Sturgeon Bay
• Bures Family Organic Farm - Deerbrook
• Andrew Buttles - Lancaster
• United Dreams Dairy, LLC - North Freedom
• Fiedler Organic Dairy Farm – Watertown
• Fitz-Pine Dairy Farm, Inc – Newton
• Vision Aire Farms – Eldorado
• Jan Gray – Menomonie
• J-Lyn Farms Inc – Spring Green
• David Hafemeister – Hustisford
• Trim-Bel Valley Dairy – Beldenville
• Kieler Farm Inc – Platteville