The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) awarded a $33,963 Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program grant to help a Lawrence County dairy farm, according to Senator Elder Vogel.
Leslie Farm in Little Beaver Township was awarded the grant to assist with the purchase and installation of new equipment to produce yogurt from grass-fed cows.
Leslie Farm plans to construct a value-added dairy facility that will require renovations to its existing barn and milk house. Leslie Farm anticipates this project will allow it to process 90,000 pounds of milk annually into 32- and 6-ounce yogurt containers. The initial plan calls for plain yogurt in quart containers and one or two fruit flavors in the 6-ounce containers. Grass-fed yogurt is currently not as widespread and would provide a new marketing opportunity for Leslie Farm.
“I am grateful that the CFA is taking this step to help Leslie Farm undertake this endeavor,” said Senator Vogel. “Yogurt production from grass-fed cows addresses another specialized marketplace. The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program is intended to direct money toward efforts like this that will truly benefit farmers and help promote their products.”
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