New Dairy Facility To Increase Teaching & Research Capacity
Construction is beginning this summer on the $25 million Dairy Innovation Centre located at the Elora Research Station of the University of Guelph.
This joint project between the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), the University of Guelph, and the Ontario dairy industry will see a state-of-the-art world-class dairy research facility built to address the research, education and training needs and priorities of the Ontario and Canadian dairy sectors.
The Dairy Innovation Centre will be a unique multi-discipline research facility where faculty and students from the Ontario Veterinary College, the Ontario Agricultural College, and other University of Guelph departments will collaborate on a variety of dairy-related research projects and initiatives.
The ARIO has committed $20 million to the 2050 Dairy Industry Innovation Partnership. Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has committed an additional $5 million, with $1 million already invested. DFO is reaching out to industry partners to raise the additional $4 million to complete the project.
A team led by Wes Lane, who was recently appointed as DFO’s Special Advisor to the Partnership, will be engaging industry partners and stakeholders to become involved in the partnership. “The opportunity for industry stakeholders to associate themselves with Canada’s premiere Dairy Innovation Centre is invaluable,” said Lane. “There will be significant public relation opportunities for companies to connect with Ontario’s dairy farmers, students, researchers, consumers and government. I am working to ensure no one within the industry misses out on this opportunity.”
“The dairy industry working together on a project of this size also sends a very positive message to municipal, provincial and federal governments about the sector’s strong commitment to research, education, environmental sustainability and rural communities,” explained Lane.