The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program announced the recipients of the first round of Dairy Improvement Grants. The following 17 proposals, totaling $384,000 in awards, were selected through a competitive process that attracted 57 proposals totaling $1.8 million in requests: 

$7,600 – Karie Atherton, Aires Hill Farm Inc., Berkshire
To improve the safety of their barn floors for animals and employees

$11,784 – Jennifer Breen, Hall and Breen Farm, LLC, Orwell
To repair existing infrastructure and buildings

$11,000 – James and Kristie Callan, Fairfield
To replace the milk cooler and tank washer in their barn

$11,000 – Randy Callan, Fairfield
To purchase a new bulk tank and replace a milk room wall

$4,300 – Lyndon, Joyce and Timothy Corey, Corey Acres Farm, Fairfield
To purchase a round bale unwrapper

$40,000 – Stephan and Richard Dodd, Dodd Farms, Sheldon
To build a new barn to house dry cows and bred heifers

$32,500 – Wayne Fiske, Windfall Acres, Franklin
To build a replacement heifer barn and extend existing pipeline

$11,000 – Billie Jo Forgues, Rusty John Farm, Addison
To purchase a new bulk tank and renovate milk house

$40,000 – Michael LaClair, Sr., M & C Family Farm, Charlotte
To add two milking robots

$25,000 – Richard Longway, Longway Farms, Swanton
To upgrade free stall barn floor

$28,600 – Emery and Geordie Lynd, Northwind Farm, Walden
To build a new barn for separating heifers

$20,000 – Mark Magnan, Magnan Bros. Dairy, Inc., Fairfield
To add a secondary milking parlor

$40,000 – Jeff Sheldon, Sheldon Farm Inc., Fair Haven
To repair milking parlor stalls and upgrade equipment

$40,000 – Laura Sizen, Sizen Dairy Farm, Georgia Center
To build a new dairy barn with robotic milkers

$32,250 – Annie Wagner, Green Dream Farm, Enosburg Falls
To construct a hoop barn to house a manure composter, replace mattresses and stall dividers, and install an evaporative cooling system

$7,030 – Julie Wolcott, Green Wind Farm, Fairfield
To replace water lines and bowls and install pasture mats

$22,767 – Franklin and Mary Yates, Fairfield
To install new mattresses, water bowls and fans