UW lures big donors from dairy, meat industries

University plans $32 million Babcock Hall Dairy Plant renovation

Paying for new academic buildings requires universities to engage in creative financing, and sometimes conduct ambitious fundraising from special interests that could benefit from the research produced there.

Fortunately for the University of Wisconsin, the state has a vested interest in cheese and sausages.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a dairy plant addition and a new meat science and muscle biology laboratory are on the drawing board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Half the money to build them is being raised privately by the dairy and the meat industries, respectively.

Heidi Zoerb, a spokeswoman for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said the $32 million Babcock Hall Dairy Plant renovation and $42.8 million Meat Science & Muscle Biology Laboratory are both linked to vibrant Wisconsin industries.

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