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BUILD Dairy is a network of professors, researchers, students and dairy food industry companies and organizations in the western region. It’s goal is to build university and industry linkages through learning and discovery. These linkages will encourage the increased value of dairy products manufactured in the region by building a broader network of technically trained, knowledgeable professionals and leaders that will foster the growth of the dairy food industry through innovation and discovery.


  • Building University-Industry linkages through Learning and Discovery
  • BUILD upon university funding of stipends to increase number of students conducting dairy food research
  • BUILD leadership qualities in students
  • BUILD awareness and linkages between students and dairy processing companies

Values: Students are our Future - Work Together - Make a Difference - Dairy Foods Research

A Regional Dairy Foods Research Center presentation:  PDF

Support BUILD Dairy

BUILD Dairy is funded by donations from forward thinking dairy producers (checkoff program) and dairy food industry companies and organizations in the western region with the intent of building human capital consisting of university graduates with a high level of technical and scientific skills and a broad knowledge and interest in dairy foods. This can provide stability, growth and innovation within the dairy foods industry in the western region. These donations will be leveraged through their alignment with university interests in undergraduate and graduate student research.

Industry sponsors participate in collaboration through those meetings and recieve periodic updates on current students and their programs and on status of graduated students. This builds strong and lasting relationships between industry, students and educators.

To support the BUILD Dairy program:

  • Contact the Western Dairy Center at or the Idaho Dairy Commission at to sponsor student research and learning about dairy technology
  • Participate in semi-annual and annual meetings
  • Participate in monthly BUILD Dairy Webex meetings
Sponsors receive periodic updates on students' progression through programs, access to graduated student database, access to historical research reports and participate in monthly and collaborative meetings.