HARRISBURG – Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana) announced today that Lone Oak Dairy LLC in Marion Center will receive a grant totaling $50,000 from the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program (PDIP) for processing a new line of products for their farm store.
“I am pleased that Lone Oak Dairy and the Simpson family are receiving 100% of the grant funding they requested to expand and diversify their operations in light of the nationwide dairy crisis,” said Dush. “I am confident that Lone Oak Dairy will put this much-needed funding to good use to continue to grow and be successful. Further, in rural Pennsylvania, projects like this to help our dairy sector are crucial to economic development and job growth.”
The project will consist of upgrading Lone Oak Dairy’s existing small milk processing plant with the purchase of a cream separator, butter churn, ice cream machine and walk-in cooler. These pieces of equipment will enable Lone Oak to offer heavy cream, butter, buttermilk, sour cream, coffee creamers, and more ice cream to their customers.
Lone Oak is a small traditional dairy farm that has been in existence for four generations. Due to the current state of the dairy industry, the Simpson family began experiencing financial instability in recent years.
As a result, Lone Oak Dairy Farm procured a raw milk permit in 2016 to begin the sale of fluid milk directly to customers. In October 2017, due to an increase in product demand, a small milk processing plant and farm store were built. Raw milk continues to be available in half-gallon glass bottles, and whole and chocolate milk were added, along with yogurt and ice cream.
The total project cost is $60,772, with Lone Oak Dairy LLC providing $10,772 in matching funds.
Moving forward, this project will help the Simpson family achieve greater financial stability, profitability and sustainability with all milk being sourced 100% from their Pennsylvania dairy farm.
Representative Cris Dush
66th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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