The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) Board of Directors has selected ten individuals to be recognized at the 2019 Cheese Industry Conference for their outstanding work in the dairy manufacturing industry.
The Babcock Award, named for Stephen Babcock, the famed agricultural chemist and University of Wisconsin professor, recognizes the contributions of those in education or affiliate organizations partnering with cheesemakers in the pursuit of dairy industry innovation and excellence, and will be given to Rusty Bishop and Dr. John Lucey in 2019.
Rusty Bishop spent 17 years as Professor of Food Science and Director of the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his tenure, Bishop leveraged the investments of the state, dairy producer check off, and industry to create a research center that was science-based and user-friendly for dairy manufacturers. He assembled a team, largely still in place, of the world’s best dairy researchers to serve the industry. He also launched initial planning, with industry and UW commitment, to renovate Babcock Dairy Hall and, even after leaving his post at CDR, has continued to help shepherd the project through the design phase. Since 2010, Bishop has worked as Director of Research and Development at Schreiber Foods in Green Bay
John Lucey accepted a position as Professor of Food Science and Director of the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2010. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to bring the industry dream of a renovated Babcock Dairy Hall to fruition – fundraising, designing, and navigating the politics of university relations and state finance. Lucey has expanded the mission of the Center for Dairy Research to include business development support, and has launched new industry educational opportunities, including the Certificate in Dairy Processing Course, co-designed by WCMA.