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.