The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) this week cheered progress made on the University of Wisconsin River Falls Dairy Pilot Plant renovation project, including the completion of a new, high-tech training room, used for the first time on Thursday, August 22. WCMA has contributed $200,000 to the $4 million project, set for completion in late Spring 2020.
“The dairy processing industry relies on a skilled workforce, and we’re excited to bring enhanced learning opportunities to our members and their employees at UW-River Falls,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director.
UW-River Falls offers a complete Food Science and Technology major, as well as continuing education courses focused on pasteurization, cheesemaking, and food safety. For a complete class list, visit www.uwrf.edu/ANFS/DairyProcessingWorkshops.cfm. A cheesemaker’s short course is set for September 23-27 and limited space remains available.
“High-quality, hands-on training is essential to the U.S. dairy industry’s competitive edge in a global marketplace,” said Umhoefer. “We applaud the leadership team at UW-River Falls for its commitment to the dairy pilot plant renovation project, and WCMA is pleased to partner in continued fundraising efforts.”
Financial contributions, as well as gifts of equipment, are gratefully accepted by the UW-River Falls Foundation. To get involved, contact Advancement Officer Julie Stucky at 715-425-4647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.