Grant Award: $9,000 — Dairy Barn
Steven is diversifying his meat and vegetable operations by adding dairy milking for 50 head of Holstein and Jersey cattle. He is installing a milking system that will handle 12 cows at a time. Steven plans to sell to the Milkco Inc. in Asheville.
He expects this venture will replace income from tobacco, which he stopped growing in 2009.
The dairy will be one of two in operation in Madison County, which once had more than 30 dairy farms.