(KMVT/KSVT) — A University of Idaho supported initiative intends to bring several agriculture related research and training facilities to the Magic Valley. University of Idaho and Dean of the College of Agriculture Michael Parrella recently announced the plans along with a general fund request of $32.9 million to the Idaho Joint Finance Appropriations Committee.
The Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment has received money through the state legislature and "aims to develop science-based answers to address issues faced by agriculture and good production systems in Idaho," according to their website. Among the facilities CAFE intends to construct in the Magic Valley, include a food processing and training center on the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) campus, an outreach center in Jerome, and a dairy research facility in Rupert.
CSI Agriculture Department Chair believes the new facilities on campus will help CSI students pursue careers after completing their associates degree.
"We've been limited, our students have been limited about what they can really do after they finish their associates degree without going on to a land-grant institution," CSI Agriculture Chair, Matthew Quesnell said. "Certainly having more of a presence at the University of Idaho will not only be to our students but our community as a whole."
For more information about partnering or to learn more about CAFE, visit https://www.uidaho.edu/research/entities/cafe/research.