HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth) today announced that two local producers will be awarded $55,281 in state grants from the Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA) Dairy Investment Program.
A grant of $30,417 was awarded to Klein Farms of Forks Township to assist with the purchase and installation of milk bottling equipment. The Klein Farms and Klein Creamery, LLC produce raw milk and dairy products from their herd of 70 Holstein cows. This grant covers a significant portion of the project’s total cost of $35,785.
A grant of $24,864 was also awarded to Raspberry Ridge Creamery, LLC, of Upper Mount Bethel Township to assist with the purchase and installation of dairy processing equipment to expand cheese processing at the Creamery. Raspberry Ridge Creamery is a sheep milk creamery that produces cheese and yogurt. The business plans to double milk production in 2020 by increasing the size of their flock. The project’s total cost is $29,252.
“Our agricultural producers are the leaders of our regional economy,” Rep. Emrick said. “I am very pleased that the Dairy Investment Fund saw fit to award these grants to two producers with exceptional potential for expansion and growth. The CFA could not have chosen more deserving recipients.”
The CFA Dairy Investment Program funds came from a reallocation of funds from the CFA First Industries loan program. This year, a total of $5 million was reallocated to the Dairy Investment Program as part of the enactment of the 2019-20 budget and companion Fiscal Code bill.
Representative Joe Emrick
137th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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