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Dairy Business Innovation Alliance to Award Six Grants Through New Research Program; John Umhoefer and John Lucey Comment

Dairy Business Innovation Alliance to Award Six Grants Through New Research Program; John Umhoefer and John Lucey Comment


MADISON, WI
Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

In order to keep the dairy industry at the cutting edge of technology, the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) is awarding grants to six research groups at the University of Wisconsin through its newly created DBIA Research Program for a total of $1.2 million.

The DBIA is a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA).

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“These cutting-edge projects represent enormous opportunity for our industry. We’re proud to partner with CDR, a global leader in dairy research, to help support dairy processors’ advancements in environmental sustainability,” said WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer.

According to a press release, the DBIA Research Program is funding research projects that focus on developing opportunities for converting dairy co-product streams into commercially feasible, value-added products. The by-products of dairy processing include whey, permeate, lactose, acid whey, and so forth.

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is awarding grants to six research groups at the University of Wisconsin through its newly created DBIA Research Program

Typically, these items are considered low-value commodity products that are frequently spread on the land or dried and used as animal feed. The projects selected by the DBIA have the potential to develop technologies to utilize dairy co-products. These research projects will have a practical component, combining both research and development activities.

John Lucey, Director, Center for Dairy Research“We need to accelerate our innovation efforts to develop value-added uses for byproducts from cheesemaking. These byproducts should be viewed as renewable feedstocks for the emerging green bioeconomy; each of the projects selected will try to scale-up or further develop their technology to bring them closer to commercialization,” said CDR Director John Lucey.

As the release went on to note, the six projects selected will receive funding for up to three years and will present on their work through the Center for Dairy Research industry research forums. The projects span multiple departments, including bacteriology, bioenergy, biological systems engineering, chemical and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and food science.

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