The Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) brings together several different groups, including universities, government agencies and the private sector. Led by the University of Idaho, CAFE will focus on research, outreach and education to advance the sustainability of dairy and livestock production and food processing in Idaho.
Agriculture is an increasingly important part of Idaho’s economy. Efficient agricultural production that also protects Idaho’s natural resources and the environment requires research-based information to succeed.
The dairy industry has made significant advances in production efficiencies and environmental goals and practices. The dairy industry currently produces 59% more milk with 64% fewer cows since 1944. The number of cows per farm has increased and there has been a movement of dairy cows to the western United States with the greatest increases occurring in California and Idaho.
CAFE will be located in the Twin Falls area and the facility will house university faculty, staff and collaborates and research laboratories and classrooms. A research dairy and food processing pilot plant will also be on site to address key issues and challenges relevant to what these industries are facing.
The Idaho CAFE will deliver research and education that will support a sustainable future for Idaho’s dairies, livestock operations and food processing industries. The center will link research, education and outreach in a public-private partnership to support the state of Idaho, generate jobs and support economic progress.