We all know the dairy economy is still in tough times. Growing and feeding high quality forages is certainly an important part of controlling costs. However, every farm has a different set of variables for choosing the product or program to build its profitability. Our hope is to help you find the best tools possible to overcome these challenges.
King’s AgriSeeds is currently offering a program through John Deere financial to help you weather the storm – 0% interest with ten equal payments. This program is one of the best tools available for the current economic conditions. We encourage you to check out the tools available from the Center for Dairy Excellence, especially the Dairy Decision Consultant Program, which can help you find ways to make changes to stay afloat.
From the Center:
APPLICATION FEE FOR CONSULTANT GRANT WAIVED THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Grant Program Offers Funding for Producers to Work with Consultants to Identify Solutions to Work Through Economic Downturn
Harrisburg, Pa. – The Center for Dairy Excellence has extended the time period it will waive the application fee associated with the Dairy Decisions Consultant through September 30, 2016. The Dairy Decisions Consultant Program offers up to $1,750 in funding to provide dairy farm families with professional consulting resources to help make decisions to shape the future of their dairy operation. Now farms can apply to utilize this resource at no cost to them.
“With a milk price turn-around not on the horizon yet, dairy farm families need to carefully analyze their dairy business and strategies to work through this economic downturn,” said Jayne Sebright, executive director at the Center for Dairy Excellence. “A Dairy Decisions Consultant can sit down with them, look at their dairy farm financials and management plan, and provide recommendations on solutions to ensure long-term viability.”
The Dairy Decisions Consultant Program was first introduced by the center in 2009 and focuses primarily on helping farms achieve their goals in their business and financial performance. The program lends an outside perspective into the operation to help producers identify bottlenecks, troubleshoot barriers and develop a plan for the future.
“With the help needed immediately on many farms, the center will work quickly with the farm, once an application is received, to identify a Dairy Decisions Consultant who can work with the family or management team on solutions,” Sebright said.
The center has a list of fourteen consultants who are available to work with farms. Other consultants can also be requested specifically by a farm, but must be approved by the center to qualify. Through the program, the DDC will do an initial visit with the farm to review the operation and business, then do a follow up visit to present a report with recommendations.
To apply for the Dairy Decisions Consultant Program, farms are encouraged to visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org and click “Business Tools.” The information on Dairy Decisions Consultants can be found under “Dairy Farm Profitability Resources.” Or call the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 for more information.
The Center for Dairy Excellence is a non-profit organization initiated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in 2004. Bringing together people from more than 40 different dairy organizations in Pennsylvania, the center’s mission is to enhance the profitability of the dairy industry by empowering people, creating partnerships, and increasing the availability and use of resources. Learn more about the center at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org.