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State funding OK'ed for milk processing expansions

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  It's not just farmers who are getting the state's help to boost their dairy production. Seven processors have become the first to receive state funding in Wisconsin's Dairy 30-by-20 program -- which has a goal of producing 30-billion pounds of milk a year by 2020. The current state budget includes grants of $200,000 a year for processing firms that explore new technologies and make a variety of improvements.

Dairyvative Technologies of Markesan is using its grant to carry out a process it created that allows fresh, lactose-free, pasteurized milk to be distributed without refrigeration. Other processing grants went to facilities at Stratford, Durand, Belgium, Shullsburg, Reeseville, and Weyauwega. State Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel has been going around the state this week to present the grants. Governor Scott Walker described all seven of them in a statement yesterday.