WDPA Members Donate To Form UW Bob Bradley Dairy Foods Fund
The Wisconsin Dairy Products Association (WDPA) is proud to announce the creation of the Dr. Robert L. Bradley Dairy Foods Fund at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the past two months, WDPA members donated almost $400,000, which exceeded the minimum amount needed to create this new endowment fund.
The fund is being established to encourage and facilitate college students pursuing dairy foods careers. It will support dairy foods-related teaching, research and extension work within the UW Food Science Department. The funds also will be used to provide financial support:
To develop and train students entering the dairy industry;
- For graduate student tuition and/or stipends;
- Training and participation in dairy products judging; and
- To defray travel expenses for students.
This endowment fund is being named after Dr. Robert L. Bradley to acknowledge the tremendous contributions he has made to the dairy industry. Specifically, Bradley donated countless hours of his time to help Wisconsin processors improve their dairy plant operations. He has educated thousands of students over the past 60 years, with a majority of them employed in Wisconsin dairy plants.
Bradley is a national authority on all facets of dairy products. He is the “go-to” person when a company needs answers to their production problems. He also is a major factor in the success of WDPA, the organization notes.
Bradley serves as the head judge for WDPA’s World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Products Contest, has been a member of WDPA’s Regulatory Committee for four decades and continually provides expert advice to member companies.
Bradley has been working at UW-Madison’s Department of Food Science since 1964. During his nearly 60-year career, his accomplishments have been vast, both within and outside the university. His research activity is mainly focused in the general areas of food product development, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis, frozen dessert technology, analytical methods of food analysis and dairy food technology. Bradley received his bachelor’s degree in dairy technology at the University of Massachusetts and received his master’s degree as well as his Ph.D. in food science at Michigan State University. As an emeritus faculty member, Bradley continues to teach students and industry professionals on a wide range of dairy-related topics. He and his research have been featured in many news articles and podcasts. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Presidents Award from WDPA, the Milk Industry Foundation Teaching Award and the Alfa Laval Agri Award from the American Dairy Science Association.
WDPA wishes to thank the following members for their generous contributions:
- Nelson-Jameson: $50,000
- Grassland Dairy Products: $50,000
- Galloway Co.: $50,000
- Kwik Trip: $50,000
- Steinhauer Charitable Foundation: $50,000
- WDPA: $50,000
- Dairy Farmers of America: $25,000
- Compeer Financial: $10,000
- Culver’s: $10,000
- Ted Galloway: $10,000
- Century Foods: $5,000
- Denali Ingredients: $2,500
- Timon Zander: $1,000
WDPA also wishes to acknowledge the efforts of Dr. Scott Rankin, UW-Madison, for developing the parameters of this fund, as well as Brandi Funk, UW Foundation, for fund management.
This newly-established fund was announced at the July 11 Presidents Banquet at the WDPA Dairy Symposium in Door County, Wisconsin. WDPA marked 50 years of the association during this year’s event, which featured a golf outing, networking and information sessions.
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