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Research Project: The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium

Location: Renewable Energy and Manure Management Research

Project Number: 6209-31630-003-34
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 08, 2012
End Date: May 31, 2017

Objective:
The Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium is being established to meet rapidly expanding research, education, extension, and service needs of the intensive dairy production and processing industries. The Consortium will provide a recognized framework for coordinating multi-university, multi-disciplinary, and interagency research, education, extension, and service programs to benefit the expanding dairy industry of the respective states. The Dairy Consortium will be composed of faculty, scientists, and administrators engaged in research, education, extension, and service from the participating institutions. The Consortium's role will be the coordination of research, extension, and service programs involving the dairy production and processing industry in Texas and New Mexico, and collaborative education programs involving Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Approach:
1. Provide framework for the formation of multi-disciplinary teams of faculty from member institutions, agencies, industry, and professional organizations. 2. Create opportunities for developing federal or state legislative initiatives that will help establish Centers of Excellence, among member institutions. 3. Provide an effective mechanism for: (a) Identifying consensus priorities based on dairy industry inputs utilizing a broad-based Industry Advisory Committee; (b) Establishing multi-disciplinary faculty teams to address industry's identified problems and issues through collaborative research, education, extension, and service programs; (c) Implementing and evaluating collaborative research, education, extension, and service programs; (d) Enabling partnering institutions and agencies to work together in maximizing efficiency and realizing scientific and programmatic synergies; (e) Providing coordinated and enhanced undergraduate and graduate training programs; and (f) Providing extension and continuing education programs related to the dairy industry in identified priority areas.

Last Modified: 4/23/2014
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