Diversification on the Family Farm

Final Report for FNE99-240

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1999: $5,245.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $45,050.23
Region: Northeast
State: New York
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Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE99-240

The goal of this project has been to create the means to produce, manufacture and market value added dairy products at one farm location. To supply an adequate primary income to continue operating this family dairy farm during a time of economic slump for the farming/dairy industry. We have planned not only to use dairy products to sustain this farm but also to include our maple syrup business to add value to the dairy products we will manufacture and market on and off the farm. The people who helped us research this projects were individuals with information about this grant and the Small Dairy Project, a pasteurizer equipment loan program under Courtney Hasse in Bradford NH. Courtney gave us a tour of her own farm which initially inspired us. Her name and phone number were passed on to us through Eric Schimke the Cornell Cooperative Extension supervisor in 1999. Also the inspectors for New York State Dale Chilton, Steve Crossen, Bradley Houck and our present local co-op inspectors helped by giving their ideas as to where to build and what regulations needed to be met in order to pass inspections to begin legal operation. The contractor was hired for building plans and estimated expenses. An electrician was hired in order to place a 200 amp service to the creamery and to install GFI outlets throughout the creamery. Electrical work included pasteurizer and bulk tank hook up. Product promotion was handled by Bob Hall of Paragon Communications, Norwich, NY. He designed labels, price lists, posters and printing services. Besides these, friends and family were of priceless assistance.


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