Dairy Exporting Resources

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA)

Export Grants

With funding from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, WCMA offers grants for dairy processors interested in launching or expanding their export endeavors.

Center for Dairy Research (CDR)

Together with WCMA, the Center for Dairy Research administers the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA), offering technical assistance and grants to dairy farms and businesses in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The DBIA also provides market intelligence on export opportunities for dairy businesses in the region.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP)

International Agribusiness Center (IABC)

The IABC identifies export opportunities around the world for Wisconsin’s agricultural companies and producers.

Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE) 

Launched in December 2021 following successful advocacy efforts by WCMA and other Wisconsin agricultural groups, the WIAE provides funding to support the state's dairy, crop, and meat sales overseas. WIAE boosts the state’s International Agribusiness Center and funds industry-run grant programs, including WCMA's Export Grant.

Export Expansion Grants

With support from the WIAE, WDATCP's Export Expansion Grants aim to help non-profit organizations serving Wisconsin agribusinesses to accelerate the growth of t​​he state's dairy, meat, and crop product exports.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

Wisconsin Global Navigation Network (WGNN)

The WGNN is made up of government and economic development organizations, private industries and academia partners, and provides resources needed, regardless of where you are in the export process. The WGNN offers:

  • Global market identification for your products 
  • Strategy and business plan development 
  • Market analysis reports 
  • Export logistics 
  • Educational seminars and hands-on learning 
  • Introductions to buyers and distributors 
  • Trade missions 


Helps Wisconsin companies expand their global market reach through targeted export strategy development and execution.

Global Business Development Program Grants 

Reimbursable grants for specific expenses related to export projects. 

Global Trade Ventures 

Targeted trade ventures to build the relationships necessary for increased international sales. 

Global Network 

Global Market intelligence available through network connections in Wisconsin and beyond. 

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW)

Funded by dairy checkoff dollars, DFW works to develop markets for Wisconsin dairy products through promotion, research, education, and connections with export partners.

U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC)

USDEC is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors, cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. Its mission is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients by securing access and assisting suppliers to meet market needs that facilitate sales. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) aims to foster economic opportunity and innovation that will continue to help American agriculture grow and thrive in a global economy. Through research, data and analysis, trade agreements, grants and programs that add value to products, USDA works to expand and maintain both foreign and domestic markets for American farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.

Food Export Midwest USA 

Food Export Midwest is a non-profit organization created in 1969 as a cooperative effort between 13 Midwestern state agricultural promotion agencies and the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).  its purpose is to provide a wide range of services to facilitate trade between Midwestern food suppliers and importers around the world. 

Branded Program 

Reimbursement program for a wide variety of international marketing activities.  

University of Wisconsin - Stout ExporTech

An export acceleration system for achieving profitable growth, a national export assistance program that offers a structured, yet customizable, process that guides companies through every aspect of export growth. At the completion of the program, each company will have developed its own international growth plan and accelerated export sales process.