UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

ANFS Falcon Foods Cheesemaking

Falcon Foods

Dairy Pilot Plant Renovation

The mission of the UWRF Dairy Pilot Plant is to be a recognized center of excellence for teaching, outreach, and applied research in dairy product manufacturing with emphases on processing, food safety, and business development. UW-River Falls is committed to training the next generation of dairy industry leaders.


In order to best prepare tomorrow's industry leaders, the UW-River Falls Dairy Pilot Plant is in need of new equipment and ample space. To meet student demand and industry standards, UW-River Falls has developed a project to renovate its Dairy Pilot Plant. The total estimated value of the project is $3.5 million, of which over $900,000 will come from State, University, and external grant sources to fund physical renovations and infrastructure upgrades. An additional $3 million is being sought from partners for the purchase and installation of equipment.

The growing student interest in dairy product processing and manufacturing is demonstrated by the nearly 20 students now working part-time in the Dairy Pilot Plant during the academic year. We foresee at least doubling that number, with the renovated plant facilities that allow for concurrent production of cheese and ice cream and an increased production throughout the year. The new Food Science and Technology major and plant renovations will also result in greater student interest and enthusiasm.

Steering Committee

  • Michelle Farner, Dairy Pilot Plant Manager, UWRF CAFES
  • Dale Gallenberg, Dean, UWRF CAFES
  • Jim Harsdorf, Secretary Emeritus, DATCP
  • Jim Mildbrand, Secretary, Central Wisconsin Cheesemakers & Buttermakers
  • Chris Mueller, President, UWRF Foundation
  • Gary Rohde, Secretary Emeritus, DATCP; former Dean, UWRF CAFES
  • John Rosenow, Rosenwolf Dairy, Cochrane, WI
  • John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
  • Dean Van Galen, Chancellor, UWRF
  • Purnendu Vasavada, Professor Emeritus, UWRF CAFES

Contact Us

Animal and Food Science
anfdsci@uwrf.edu
715-425-3704
242 Food Science Addition
590 S. Spruce Street
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