January 2022 Dairy Meeting Virtual

Programming Committee

Tuesday, January 18, 2022


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Overview: “Dairy Business Innovation Alliance: Grants, Technical Assistance and Future Opportunities.” The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) is a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) that develops and administers programs providing technical assistance as well as grants to dairy farms and businesses in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The overall DBIA goal is to find ways to improve the profitability of dairy farmers and processors. This goal is in alignment with the stated objectives of the initiative.

  • Increase on-farm diversification opportunities
  • Create value-added dairy products such as specialty cheeses
  • Focus on export opportunities for farm-scale and processor dairy products

Our speaker, Tom Guerin, will introduce us to the DBIA and its history and impact. He will also discuss current grant programs and the resources available to dairy enterprises in the 5-state region through the DBIA, including webinars and product development opportunities.


Dr. Tom Guerin
Research Program Manager, Center for Dairy Research

With two decades of experience in the research and development of food ingredients with the Kerry Group, Tom has worked with manufacturers on different applications in countries and markets across the globe.
As the research program manager at CDR, Tom works with staff to build on current CDR successes and help the organization become more aligned with the changing demands and trends of the food industry.
He is a native of Ireland and has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland, Galway. For the past 14 years, Tom has been happy to call Wisconsin home, where he put down roots and started a family.
He is excited to be a part of the CDR team and looks forward to helping the organization move forward in its next stage of development.


On-line credit card payment is required. Registration will stay open until the event's end, January 18th, at 1:00 PM. If you have additional questions, please email Muthu Muthukumarappan at kas.muthukum@sdstate.edu.

NOTE: Everyone needs to register to receive the Zoom meeting login information.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

12:00 – 12:10 PM Networking
12:10 – 12:45 PM DBIA Presentation by Tom Guerin
12:45 – 12:55 PM Discussion / Q&A
12:55 – 1:00 PM Closing Remarks


Members: $5
Students: FREE

***The revenues for this lunch meeting will go towards future hybrid event expenses and MNIFT student scholarships.

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