Construction of a New State-of-the-Art Dairy Research Facility at the Elora Research Station Begins This Summer
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Aug. 6, 2013) – Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has a long-standing commitment to supporting research and innovation. This commitment is being realized as DFO spearheads an effort to create an industry innovation partnership that will help ensure a healthy long-term future for the Ontario and Canadian dairy industry.
Construction of a new state-of-the-art dairy research facility at the Elora Research Station begins this summer. This is a joint project involving the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), the University of Guelph and Ontario dairy industry stakeholders. The new facility is designed to address the research, education and training needs and priorities of the dairy sector for the next several decades.
“Innovation and research are essential to the continued success of the dairy industry. This partnership recognizes the commitment to continuous improvement on behalf of our industry partners,” said Wes Lane, Special Advisor to the 2050 Dairy Industry Innovation Partnership.
The ARIO has committed $20 million to the project. DFO has made an initial commitment of $1 million, as a first step, and is now reaching out to industry stakeholders to demonstrate their commitment to the industry by becoming a partner in this project. The goal is to raise an additional $4 million. The industry fundraising effort is being conducted in conjunction with the University of Guelph. Charitable tax receipts will be available for contributions made to the project.
A ground breaking ceremony will be held later this summer.
2050 Dairy Industry Innovation Partnership, DFO