Wayne County, Pennsylvania, with the assistance of USDA Rural Development, has financed the preparation of a Feasibility Study and Business Plan for development of a dairy processing facility in the county that would utilize milk produced in the region. The Feasibility Study found a Wayne County cheese plant is financially feasible and, while there are certain risks, they are mitigated by the potential availability of county land and access to grants and low-cost capital. The Business Plan available at the same website lays out how this can be accomplished. The mission is to support the retention and possible expansion of the Wayne County dairy industry as a fundamental aspect of the county’s economy and rural character. More specifically, these are the goals:
• Growing milk demand within Wayne County,
• Enhancing milk pricing and farm income for Wayne County farmers and
• Supporting agri-tourism and retention of rural character as economic assets.
This dairy processing business will be a public/private partnership. The county will assist the development of the facility and its operation with incentives detailed in the Request for Proposals document.