It’s a great day in history for all cheese lovers, and Governor Tony Evers and state lawmakers are basking in the moment, too, specifically for approving an investment of up to $8.8 million, which will be dedicated to a new Dairy Innovation Hub. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and myself are cheesing in a good way.
“Wisconsin’s dairy industry—both producers and processors—have faced challenges posed by stagnant prices, labor challenges, and limited international trade, but we firmly believe that product innovation and world-class research hold the key to dairy’s future success and profitability,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director.
According to the press release, $1 million will be designated to three University of Wisconsin campuses (Madison, Platteville, and River Falls) for the fiscal year 2019-2020 for dairy industry research and development projects focused on human nutrition, land and water use, animal health and welfare, and rural development efforts. Up to $7.8 million, the following year, will be granted for the Dairy Innovation Hub where industry training opportunities will also be offered. Hopefully the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approves the second year of funding because I am looking forward to how America’s Dairyland could further blow my mind and taste buds.
“State of Wisconsin support offered through the Dairy Innovation Hub will keep Wisconsin dairy farming on the cutting-edge, and link milk production to new product development through our great University system working hand-in-hand with industry partners,” stated Umhoefer.
How will the cheese world benefit from these high-tech campus revolutions? Deli Market News will keep you up to date on this grate news.