PA’s Pleasant Lane Farms gets Grant Funding for Expansion Into Cheese Production

A Unity dairy farm is one of the beneficiaries of a new grant program designed to help Pennsylvania dairy farmers thrive at a difficult time for the industry.

Pleasant Lane Farms, near Pleasant Unity, received $364,082 in grant funding from the new Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program — $286,744 to build a creamery for cheesemaking and $77,338 for marketing costs and the construction of an on-farm classroom and tour facility, Gov. Tom Wolf said.

The farm, founded by Marine Corps veteran Ralph Frye Jr. in 1976, learned about the grant opportunity in October during a tour by Pennsylvania Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli and Michael Smith, former executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

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