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U of I to Host Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Meat Science and Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard

MOSCOW, Idaho — Oct. 9, 2023  

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WHAT: University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) will host the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Meat Science and Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard, home to Vandal Brand Meats. The future center will include a state-of-the-art meat processing plant offering hands-on training in meat science. 

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Owner: Julie Zurakowski Created: 10/02/2023

The new center will replace a current facility that was built in the 1960s and will enable CALS to expand teaching programs, research, workforce development and public outreach opportunities. 

The cost of building the planned 12,750-square-foot center is estimated at $14.1 million. Construction will commence shortly after the groundbreaking and be completed by the fall of 2025. 

The late Ron Richard was a longtime manager of Vandal Brand Meats who helped build the brand’s stellar reputation. 

WHEN: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14

WHERE: At the University of Idaho Seed Potato Germplasm Laboratory, located adjacent to the future site of the Meat Science and Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard, 753 Perimeter Drive, Moscow 

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Owner: Julie Zurakowski Created: 08/31/2023

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Dean Michael Parrella, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Matt Doumit, senior associate dean and director of academic programs with CALS; and Laurie Lickley, former Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) president

Speakers Include:  

C. Scott Green, president of U of I

Michael Parrella, dean of CALS

Matt Doumit, senior associate dean and director of academic programs with CALS

Laurie Lickley, owner and operator of Winecup L Cattle Company

RSVP: John O’Connell, [email protected] or 208-530-5959

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