DENVER – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) announced the award of a major grant today. With the help of RMFU’s Co-operative Development Center, the Raw Milk Association of Colorado (RMAC) secured a $29,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from RMFU’s partner, USDA Rural Development.
The grant will allow RMAC to launch an educational campaign to promote raw milk production and expand membership. The campaign will emphasize the need for standards to protect the industry and consumer health.
RMAC will use the grant money to establish an animal health and milk quality testing database. Testing and quality reports are crucial for the credibility of the raw milk dairies.
The award will also be used to build organizational structure to support the shareholders’ common needs and interests. RMAC will coordinate their projects with technical assistance from RMFU staff.
“Raw milk is a traditional food product that requires direct sales to the consumer,” said Bob Mailander, Director of RMFU’s Co-op Development Center. “We are pleased to play a role in securing funding for this unique cooperative venture, and we look forward to working with RMAC members. This kind of project can meet a new consumer demand with a value-added product that enhances farm income.”