University of Idaho’s Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) received a $1 million donation from Chobani, the food maker announced Wednesday. “As more and more people — consumers, investors, and regulators focus on sustainability, the dairy industry must be part of the conversation. The dairy industry has a deep history of commitment to and leadership in sustainability, which must be honored,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani founder and CEO in a press release.
“This is why the University of Idaho’s leadership to establish this comprehensive and groundbreaking CAFE project is so important, and why we are so proud to support it.” CAFE includes three spaces: A 2,000-cow research dairy and 640-acre demonstration farm in Rupert, a public outreach and education center in Jerome and a food processing plant in Twin Falls. It will be the largest research dairy in the nation, according to the university.