Leahy secures funding for dairy business innovation center – WCAX

VERGENNES, Vt. (WCAX) – Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy promoted the dairy industry in Vergennes Wednesday afternoon.
Leahy secured $6 million for the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center, which is made up of 10 states in our region.
Vermont has gotten $2.25 million so far.
The grants will help businesses like Lu Lu Artisan Ice Cream, a small-batch maker using only Vermont products.
It’s gotten two grants: a $30,000 one for marketing and a $49,000 grant that allowed them to explore goat milk ice cream.
“It opens up a lot of farms that are struggling right now to have a specific goat milk-centric ice cream,” said Laura Mack of Lu Lu Artisan Ice Cream. “It’s quite tasty. We are on the second round of trial testing right now.”
Leahy, D-Vermont, says agriculture is not what it was when he was a child and the only way to continue to exist and compete is to diversify.
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