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Governor gives $121k to dairy industry

MADISON (WKOW) -- from WI Governor:  Governor Jim Doyle announced Tuesday that nine Wisconsin dairy entrepreneurs and agribusiness leaders have been awarded more than $121,000 in this year's second round of Value Added Dairy Initiative Dairy (VADI) processor grants.

  "Despite the national economic downturn, it's important we continue to invest in innovative companies like these that are working to create the jobs of the future," Governor Doyle said. "The dairy industry is a cornerstone of Wisconsin's economy and these companies are great leaders in this important sector."

  The Value Added Dairy Initiative Dairy processor grant program offers funding to individuals or groups, businesses and organizations to help fund projects geared at innovation, market development and modernization of dairy processing. 

  The Dairy Business Innovation Center and the Grow Wisconsin Dairy Team are key components of the VADI initiative and the Governor's efforts to grow the state's agriculture industry.

  Since its start-up in April 2004, the program has administered $3.18 million in grants to 315 producers, processors and local dairy groups.

  Governor Doyle thanked Senator Herb Kohl and Representative Dave Obey for their help to secure this support for Wisconsin's dairy industry.

  In the WKOW viewing area, the governor granted $16,750 to UW Provison Co. of Middleton.

  UW Provision is teaming up with the non-profit REAP (Research, Education, Action and Policy) Food Group to develop a local food distribution network.

  This part of their project will allow local dairy manufacturers to use the network to distribute their products with the help of a merchandiser to stock and deliver.

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