Scoular recently announced a $500,000 donation to the University of Idaho to help fund the CAFE initiative.  When complete, CAFE, the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, will include a 2,000-cow research dairy and 640 acre demonstration farm near Rupert.  When construction is complete, the facility will be the largest research dairy center in the nation.  Andy Hohwieler said Scoular made this donation because it gives the company a chance to recognize and support what the U of I is doing for the dairy industry and individual farmers.


"It's a great way to give back in recognition of all the hard work by those individuals, and we continue to challenge the status quo when it comes to production agriculture.  We are always looking to find new and better ways to help support our customers as is the University of Idaho helping bring them new research, new ideas and new concepts."


Scoular has an office in Twin Falls and a dairy feed blending facility in Jerome, along with grain elevators in eastern and southeastern Idaho.  In addition, Scoular recently built a facility in Jerome that manufactures sustainable barley protein concentrate for pet food and aquafeed.


“The beauty of Idaho CAFE is the linkage between the research dairy and agronomic production, which makes us a unique facility in the U.S.,” said U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Michael Parrella. “Scoular’s generous investment in this project helps to strengthen that connection and demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of this cutting-edge research.”


Construction of the research dairy is slated to be completed in 2023, with milking operations beginning at the $22.5 million farm in 2024.


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