Chobani is supporting the construction of the “largest” research dairy in the US with a $1 million gift to the University of Idaho-led Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (Idaho CAFE).
The gift aims to advance scientific research to ensure a sustainable future for the country’s dairy industry.
The research dairy will be located in Rupert in Idaho’s Magic Valley. It will operate as a commercial farm and will host a variety of ongoing research experiments managed by University of Idaho faculty and staff.
Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani founder and CEO, said: “Sustainability is part of the fabric of Chobani. Caring for our people and animals, conserving resources, putting back what we take – this is how we operate and this is how dairy farmers operate. As more and more people – consumers, investors and regulators – focus on sustainability, the dairy industry must be part of the conversation.”
He continued: “The dairy industry has a deep history of commitment to and leadership in sustainability, which must be honoured. This is why the University of Idaho’s leadership to establish this comprehensive and groundbreaking CAFE project is so important and why we are so proud to support it.”
The University of Idaho will break ground on the first phase of construction for the $22.5 million research dairy in June.
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