An initiative to increase dairy production in the state of Wisconsin has selected more than 40 dairy farmers who will receive financial assistance to improve their operations.

The Dairy 30x20 initiative has set a goal to reach an annual milk production of 30 billion pounds by 2020. The increased production is necessary to keep up with future demands from the industry.    
The program has selected 41 dairy farmers to receive a portion of the $200,000 grant money. The money will pay for facility and herd improvements, consultations, business planning and other upgrades to reach the higher milk production by the end of the decade. Wisconsin’s milk production grew less than 1% in 2011 to 26.1 billion pounds.

Gov. Scott Walker revealed plans to boost the state’s dairy production in March.

See the announcement Gov. Walker made in March here.

The Associated Press reports Mike Powers with the state's agriculture department says most of the money will be used to help pay for consultants.

A second round of applications are likely to be accepted later this year.

Learn more about the 30x20 program.