HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania has approved $5 million in dairy investment grants.

The grants, created in last year’s state budget, can help dairy farmers and processors research new technologies, products and best practices; market to new domestic and foreign markets, and explore opportunities to diversify their operation and revenue streams; transition to organic production; and incorporate or expand value-added dairy production, such as cheese and yogurt products.

Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed another $5 million for the program in this year’s budget.

Following are projects that received grants through the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Adams County: $427,474 to Apple Valley Creamery to design and build a new dairy processing facility located in Reading Township.

Allegheny County: $23,500 to Turner Dairy Farms Inc. for research and development of a new ready-to-drink coffee beverage to be produced at the dairy processing facility in Penn Hills Township.

Armstrong County: $50,000 to Le-Ara Farms LLC to assist with the establishment of a milk processing facility at the dairy farm in North Buffalo Township.

Armstrong County: $28,985 to Bostonia Farms LLC for the purchase and installation of milk processing equipment at the family dairy farm in Mahoning Township.

Berks County: $393,597 to Enchanted Acres Farm Group LLP doing business as Simpler Way Nutritionals LLC for research, development, and marketing to develop a value-added process for producing infant formula from Pennsylvania-sourced milk at its facility in Reading.

Berks County: $40,078 to Rebecca Ruth Seidel for the construction of a milk processing facility at the family dairy farm located in Heidelberg Township.

Berks County: $42,118 to Valley Milkhouse LLC for the purchase and installation of milk processing equipment for its processing facility in Oley Township.

Cambria County: $427,474 to High View Inc. to expand its dairy processing facility in Munster Township.

Chester County: $50,000 to Horseshoe Trail LLC doing business as Birchrun Hills Farm to expand its dairy processing facility located in West Vincent Township.

Columbia County: $46,325 to Whitenight Family Farms to construct a raw milk bottling facility at the family dairy farm located in Fishing Creek Township.

Crawford County: $366,364 for Titusville Dairy Products Corp. for the construction of a new cheese room for their Titusville production facility.

Cumberland County: $69,000 for Country Food LLC in for research and development of five new fermented milk products for production at its Monroe Township dairy processing facility, and $210,018 to increase capacity for processing lactose-free fermented yogurt for pets.

Franklin County: $363,353 to Revittle to expand a creamery in Lurgan Township.

Franklin County: $50,000 to Destiny Dairy Bar to assist with the establishment of a dairy processing facility in Peters Township.

Lancaster County: $97,750 to Kreider Dairy Farms Inc. for marketing costs for their line of lactose-free milk produced and processed at the dairy farm located in Penn Township.

Lehigh County: $38,556 to Haven Farmstead LLC to construct a cheesemaking facility on Willow Haven Farm in Weisenberg Township.

Luzerne County: $318,765 to Milkhouse Creamery LLC to purchase equipment for a dairy processing facility located in Sugarloaf Township.

Mifflin County: $28,109 to Hameau Farm for the construction of an onsite testing lab and creamery facility located in Union Township.

Northumberland County: $289,192 to Ross Family Farm Inc. to assist with the expansion of its milk processing facility at the family farm located in Upper Augusta Township.

Philadelphia: $63,376 to Philabundance to market the Abundantly Good cheese brand in the greater Philadelphia region.

Snyder County: $500,000 to Penn Dairy LLC to for facility improvements and upgrades at the dairy processing facility in Jackson Township.

Sullivan County: $36,845 to Warburton Farm to construct a milk processing facility at the family dairy farm in Forks Township.

Westmoreland County: $286,744 to Box 244H LLC, doing business as Pleasant Lane Farms, to construct a creamery for cheesemaking at the family dairy farm in Unity Township, and $77,338 for marketing costs and the construction of an on-farm classroom and tour facility.

York County: $425,741 for Caputo Brothers Creamy to assist with the expansion of its cheese processing facility in Spring Grove borough.

York County: $49,297 to Michael Saylor Dairy to purchase equipment for a dairy processing facility at the dairy farm in Warrington Township.

Statewide: $100,000 for the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association to expand the Choose PA Dairy campaign at targeted retailers across Pennsylvania.

Statewide: $100,000 to the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association for marketing costs of the Choose PA Dairy campaign targeting central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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