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Fundraising campaign collects over $17M for new UW-Madison dairy facilities

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Cows in a large milking barn
Cows in a large milking barn

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A fundraising campaign has collected more than $17 million for new dairy facilities at UW-Madison.

Donors for the renovation of the famed Babcock Hall dairy plant, and construction of a new Center for Dairy Research, will be honored this week at a state cheese industry conference in La Crosse.

Center director John Lucey tells the Cheese Market News that over 100 people and companies have each given at least $10,000.

Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget includes $16 million for the project.

If the Legislature approves it, Lucey says design work could begin this summer – and construction could get underway in late 2014 or early in 2015.

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