Construction is beginning this summer on a Dairy Innovation Centre located at the University of Guelph's Elora Research Station in Ontario.
A joint project of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), the University of Guelph and the Ontario dairy industry, a state-of-the-art, $25 million (Canadian) dairy research facility will be 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 multidiscipline 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, an announcement explained.
ARIO has committed $20 million to the 2050 Dairy Industry Innovation Partnership, while Dairy Farmers of Ontario has committed an additional $1 million as a first step and is reaching out to industry partners to raise an additional $4 million to complete the project.
"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," Wes Lane, a special adviser to the partnership from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, said.