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Cultivating dairy innovation with Cornell's Dairy Runway Program

Cornell University’s Dairy Runway program, a part of the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA), is now accepting applications for its second cohort. Aimed at food innovators developing value-added dairy products, the program offers a unique blend of training and resources. 

Created in partnership with the Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center (NDFRC), Dairy Runway features a free, virtual curriculum. This includes training in product concept development, consumer discovery, prototype development, and business coaching. Funded by the New York State Dairy Promotion Order (NYSDPO), it helps innovators evaluate their products' market readiness. 

The first cohort, launched earlier this year, included ten entrepreneurs working on diverse dairy products, reflecting the growing consumer demand for innovative dairy offerings. The upcoming cohort, starting in late January 2024, will admit up to 10 participants for a comprehensive five-week course, combining online and interactive learning experiences. 

The program's core objective is to enhance the milk and dairy ingredient sales from New York, a leader in quality milk production. Graduates of the program receive access to Cornell's state-of-the-art food processing facilities and expert guidance to refine their products. 

The application period for this innovative program ends on January 8, 2024. It is open to dairy innovators in New York and New England who are committed to incorporating New York-produced cow milk in their products. For more details and to register for one of the three upcoming information sessions, interested innovators can visit Dairy Innovation Program

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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