Boost Your Agri-Tourism Chops – Scholarship Available

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Through USDA Dairy Business Innovation Initiative resources, UT Extension is pleased to provide opportunities to value-added dairy producers or key personnel in Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee to participate in a premier professional development opportunity. Selected individuals will be reimbursed up to $3,000 to help defray registration and selected travel expenses to attend the 2023 NAFDMA Agritourism Convention and Expo in Austin, Texas and vicinity February 3-7, 2023. The conference and expo provide opportunities to producers to improve direct farm marketing operations through educational sessions, farm tours and networking events.

Owners, managers or key personnel of the following operation types located in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee are eligible to apply:

  1. Existing value-added dairy (cattle, sheep or goat) operations producing and marketing value-added dairy products such as fluid milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, soaps, lotions, other cosmetics, etc. If products for human consumption are being produced, the operation must be a licensed dairy product manufacturer.
  2. Operations working toward becoming licensed dairy product manufacturer within the next 12 months.

See 2023 NAFMDA Scholarship for details and guidelines. To apply, complete the brief application form online. The scholarship selection committee may begin evaluating applicants on September 9, 2022. Contact Megan Leffew with questions at