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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Live Championship Cheese Auction Raises Funds for Industry Educational Programs

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Live Championship Cheese Auction Raises Funds for Industry Educational Programs


MADISON, WI
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) recently hosted the first-ever online Championship Cheese Auction last Friday, during which it raised more than $93,000 to support its Championship Cheese Contests, scholarship programs, and educational workshops.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“The coronavirus pandemic brought change and delay for our industry gathering, CheeseExpo, and we wanted to try to retain this tribute to great cheesemaking,” WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer said. “We are very thankful that so many industry people joined to watch this live auction, to bid, and to support our educational efforts at WCMA.”

Through the years, the annual Championship Cheese Auctions have provided crucial support to the U.S. and World Championship Cheese Contests, funds for WCMA student scholarships, and subsidized WCMA’s supervisor and manager training programs, a press release explained. These funds have allowed WCMA to support the construction of the new Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the new dairy pilot plant at UW River Falls, as well as the Davis Dairy Plant at South Dakota State University.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association raised $93,000 at the Championship Cheese Auction to support its educational efforts, scholarship programs, and more

Additionally, the auction offers supplier partners and processors a chance to thank and support the cheese companies that make up the dairy industry.

Kirsten Strohmenger, Events Manager, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“WCMA is grateful for each and every bidder who generously participated in the Championship Cheese Auction,” WCMA Events Manager Kirsten Strohmenger said. “With so much happening in the world right now, we are deeply appreciative to members of the dairy industry community for coming together to support our mission.”

In the upcoming months, how will the dairy industry continue to adapt to recent changes? Deli Market News will cover the latest.

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