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Wisconsin DBIA State Collaborators - Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Economic Development Financing and Resources

USDA Rural Development – Wisconsin State Office

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

  • Contact: Krista Knigge, Administrator – Division of Agricultural Development, 608-224-5142,
  • Dairy Processor Grants - foster innovation, improve profitability, sustain long-term viability of WI dairy processing facilities, for licensed WI dairy processing plants, engaged in pasteurizing or manufacturing dairy products, or processing dairy products for sale or distribution, make operational improvements, improve profitability, and/or involve new process or innovation, requires 20% match, up to $50,000.
  • Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants - increase awareness and consumption of locally-produced foods and strengthen WI ag and food industries, organizations in operation for 2+ years including farms, value-added food businesses, processors, growers associations, farmer coops, schools/institutions, food service operations, non-profits, 1:1 match required, 2-year projects, $5,000-$50,000.
  • Division of Ag DevelopmentWI Farm Center – Hotline: 800-942-2474, Email:
    • Helping farmers with financial planning, mediation, herd-based diagnostics, and more; connecting farmers and families to mental health resources; dairy development
    • Contact: Norm Monsen, 608-225-5135

WI Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

  • Business and Community Development Division, domestic programs – grants, loans, tax credits.
    • Contacts: Tina Chitwood, Sr. Regional Economic Development Director, 608-210-6733 and Tim Weber, Sr. Regional Economic Development Director, 608-210-6772
  • Diverse Business Development Division
    • Contact: Seyoum Mengasha, Diverse Business Development Director, 608-210-6880

WI State Small Business Association (SBA) Office

SBA 504 Certified Development Corporations (CDCs)

SBA Micro Loan Lender

WI Technology Council

Workforce Agency - Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

  • Post open positions in your company, wage rates, wage subsidy programs, employee handbook information, training program subsidies, regulatory requirements for hiring employees
Exporting Dairy Product Resources

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Division of Agricultural Development

  • Business planning and possible grant availability

International Agribusiness Center - Identifies export opportunities around the world

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) International Agribusiness Center

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)

  • Contact: Heidi Rabeneck, Outreach Program Manager, Professional Education Programs and Services
  • International Market Access Grants (IMAG) – $10,000/year/company, $15,000 upon completion of the program (additional to the $10,000 IMAG based) for company graduates of the Exportech program.
  • State Trade Export Partnership (STEP, SBA funds through WEDC) – supports trade missions, international trade show pavilions - $205,000 FY 2021-22.
  • Collaborative Market Access Grant (CMAG) - $90,000 FY 2021 – support e-commerce entry and expansion in China
Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory Resources

Center for Dairy Research - Safety & Quality Program

Chapter ATCP 65 - Milk and Milk Products

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin - Food Safety and Quality

  • Contact: Adam Brock, Director of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, 608-575-9585

Recall Program Contacts

  • FDA Regional Coordinator (MN, SD, WI): Kristine Zuroski, 612-758-7120
  • Wisconsin State Coordinator: Jim Beix, 608-224-4665

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association - Food Safety

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Wisconsin State Legislature - Relevant Statutes
Market Information and Planning, Branding Resources
Product Development Resources

Center for Dairy Research

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Food Science

  • Confectionery, fruits and vegetables, general food and dairy, dairy foods, dairy plant, food applications lab, food safety and health, frozen dessert center, meat HACCP, nutritional bar manufacturing, pilot plant, sensory lab

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

  • Product Development Contact: Tera Montgomery, Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture, 608-342-6027

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

  • Dairy Plant, Industry Outreach, Dairy Plant Rental, Process Engineering
  • Contact: Michelle Farner, Dairy Pilot Plant Manager, 715-425-4161

University of Wisconsin-Stout

  • Market research, prototyping, start-up funding options, industry connections, objective feedback and information, 3 fully functional test kitchens, experimental foods lab, food production management, sensory evaluation lab, research lab, food processing lab, dietetic assessment lab, human performance lab
  • Contact: Dr. Taejo Kim, 715-232-2519