Have a great idea for building dairy producer professionalism or the public’s trust in how dairy products are produced? Professional Dairy Producers Foundation (PDPF) is seeking applications for educational grant dollars that help do just that. Grant applications are due December 1, 2013.  

The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin established the foundation in 2002 as a vehicle to raise funds and award grants for educational programs and initiatives. But you don’t have to raise Holsteins outside of Eau Claire to qualify. In fact, previously-funded projects include the Western United Dairymen-run Dairy Leaders program and the New York State 4-H Foundation’s Junior Dairy Leader Program. 

“We support educational programs that grow our industry’s people and youth and build trust with our consumers,” says Logan Bower, dairy producer from Blain, Pa., and chair of the foundation board. “Education throughout the production chain is the key to keeping our rural dairy communities strong.”  

Organizations may apply for grants of up to $5,000. The maximum amount given to any one organization will be $5,000. For grant criteria and an application package, visit www.dairyfoundation.org.