CAFE Will Be Largest Such Facility in the Country
June 23, 2017
The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment will be the largest research dairy facility in the United States and provide not only operational research opportunities but interdisciplinary research, education and Extension.
This message is being delivered broadly as the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences leads the university forward with this project.
Supported by the governor and the Idaho Legislature through a $10 million commitment this year, CAFE will be 2,000-cow research facility in the Magic Valley area. Educational partners for professional training, research and outreach could include College of Southern Idaho, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho and Boise State University.
The project, while led by CALS, will be interdisciplinary. Not only is there the dairy and food production aspect, there are functional, teaching and research opportunities around water quality, automation, education, business and more.
A feasibility study has been completed and UI is building support with industry, educational partners and potential donors. The goal is to begin construction in 2019.
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