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New Midwest Dairy Consortium Formed
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/09/2007

A multi-state, multi-disciplinary research and education program for the Midwest dairy industry has been launched by 10 Midwestern land-grant universities. The Midwest Dairy Consortium, headquartered in the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, is supported by colleges of agriculture at the U of I, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, North Dakota State University, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, South Dakota State University, and the University of Wisconsin.

"The mission of the MDC is to maximize use of scarce financial resources and create new support mechanisms to enhance student education and training, promote research directly relevant to the Midwest dairy industry, and deliver information to end-users more effectively," said James Drackley, a U of I professor of animal sciences and the MDC's director.

Drackley said that by fostering exchanges among the partners, it is hoped that MDC will create new mechanisms to support graduate student training and experiential learning opportunities for dairy students.

MDC members will share graduate courses, graduate fellowships, and undergraduate internship programs to provide farm experience for students without that dairy experience.

For dairy support industries, dairy organizations, and producers, the MDC provides a chance to take a proactive role in ensuring a supply of future employees and a vigorous Midwest dairy industry.

For more information about the group, call 217-244-5540.

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