Syracuse, NY, Jul 17, 2011 -- The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development held a press conference at the FRESH! Gala at Monanfran Farm in Canastota as a part of Madison County’s 4th Annual Buy Local Week. Rural Development announced a $55,600 grant that was awarded to Madison County to assist in packaging Kriemhild butter, a grass fed dairy product. Assemblyman William Magee and Senator David Valesky, who attended the press conference, have been steadfast supporters of New York State’s dairy producers.
The $55,600 Rural Business Enterprise Grant was awarded to Madison County to purchase and install a butter filler which will be used to assist Kriemhild Dairy Farms, LLC. Kriemhild Dairy Farms was started in 2008, with assistance from the USDA Value Added Producer Grant Program, which provided funding assistance for the preliminary planning phases for marketing and production. Although the company is able to segregate, separate, pasteurize, and process their butter, they are only able to package it in 2, 5, and 10 lb. containers. Packaging in smaller, more consumer-friendly 8 oz. containers will improve the marketability of this locally-produced, grass-fed dairy product. Rural Development funds will help Madison County to assist this small rural business with their increased packaging needs, and help keep dairy production jobs in the area.
“New York State has a rich history in dairy farming production. Kriemhild butter is a product from grass grazed cows, and one of the first of its kind in New York State. New York Rural Developments assistance to Madison County’s economic development has created opportunities such as this, for rural businesses to grow and prosper. President Obama and Ag Secretary Vilsack have directed us at Rural Development to support the growth of local food systems, enabling us to “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food”. We are very happy to recognize Maurice & Amy Kelsey from Monanfran Farms, Will & Meghan Soden from Journey’s Joy Farm, Bruce & Nancy Rivington from Red Gate Farms, and Kate & Doug from Evans Sunny Acres Farm for providing us with good food” said Jill Harvey, USDA NY Rural Development State Director.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by contacting the Marcy office or by visiting Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.