Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Woolies opens new round of Dairy Fund

Woolworths has opened the second round of its Dairy Innovation Fund, with grants of up to $100,000 available.

The retailer is seeking applications from farmers for grants to support on-farm projects that deliver innovation, efficiency and seasonal resilience.

In June, the inaugural round of the fund awarded more than $2 million in grants to 24 farmers across the country for projects including solar-powered desalination, milk sensor technology, fodder infrastructure, sustainability improvements, enhanced bushfire protection, herd monitoring technology and dairy automation.

Australian dairy farmers in the Woolworths supply chain, including those supplying vendor brands, can apply to the fund before 20 February 2022.

“We’re calling on Australian dairy farmers to come to us with innovative plans that we can help bring to life through the Dairy Innovation Fund,” says Woolworths Dairy Merchandise Manager Will Herron.

“With improved conditions over recent seasons, future focussed farmers are investing in technology and infrastructure to build resilient businesses that can prosper through seasonal challenges in the years ahead.

“We want to partner with farmers to help create the farms of the future that will continue to deliver quality dairy to Australians for generations to come.

“We’ve already seen the strength of ambition across Australian dairy farms in the first round of the fund and we look forward to backing another crop of innovative and impactful projects in this round.”

To read more about the fund and how to apply, visit woolworths.com.au/dairyinnovationfund.

In addition to the Dairy Innovation Fund, Woolworths also provides grants to farmers through its Organic Growth Fund.

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