Wisconsin Cheese Makers Board of Directors pledges $100,000 to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

The donation will help the school rebuild its dairy pilot plant.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association announced this week the Board of Directors' pledge to make a second gift of $100,000 to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Foundation, to help the school rebuild its dairy pilot plant.
The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association announced this week the Board of Directors' pledge to make a second gift of $100,000 to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Foundation, to help the school rebuild its dairy pilot plant.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association's Board of Directors pledged to make a second gift of $100,000 to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Foundation, to help the school rebuild its dairy pilot plant.  WCMA kicked off the fundraising drive in 2014 with its initial gift of $100,000.

The UW-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences reinstated its Food Science and Technology program in 2016, and offers a food processing technology minor.  The school's dairy processing plant also hosts continuing education classes focused on pasteurization, cheesemaking, and food safety.

To provide students in all programs with a hands-on learning experience, UW-River Falls plans to fully renovate its dairy processing plant, featuring new automation, piping, and equipment.  The project is estimated to cost $4 million, and $3.1 million has already been raised.  Construction is slated to begin in June 2018.

 For more information, call 608-286-1001 or email WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer.

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