Sharon farmer among state's dairy grant recipients

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Staff | May 5, 2014

SHARON--David Travis of Sharon was one of 43 Wisconsin farmers awarded the Grow Dairy 30 x 20 grant.

The 30 x 20 initiative is to increase Wisconsin's milk output to 30 billion pounds by 2020.  With the grant funds, farmers can invest in management, develop expansion plans, and transition their farms for the next generation. 

Recipients may use the grant funds for a variety of projects, including improved record-keeping, investigating reproductive issues, and increasing cow comfort.  Other grants will be used to assist with farm transfers, manure handling, and grazing management.  This is the third round of grant awards.

Travis milks about 130 cows on a Sharon farm started by his great-grandparents in 1901. The family is beginning its fifth generation of farming there.

Wisconsin is home to nearly 10,500 dairy farmers.  In 2013, Wisconsin dairy cows produced 27.6 billion pounds of milk, a new record for the state.

Wisconsin exported more than $3.2 billion worth of agricultural products from January to December 2013; the value of these exports was a 9 percent increase for the same period in 2012, Wisconsin continues to rank 13th overall for agricultural exports.  The value of Wisconsin's dairy exports totaled $399 million in 2013, a 41 percent increase; the state now ranks fourth nationwide for the value of our dairy exports.

To learn more about the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative, visit  To access technical assistance or available resources throughout the year, dairy farmers should call the toll-free number at 855-WI DAIRY (855-943-2479) or email

Read more about agriculture in Walworth County this week:

Sunday: High-tech farming yields better results

Tuesday: Ethanol influences local ag market

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