The Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center (NEDFRC), a cooperative research and extension effort between Cornell University and the University of Vermont, began operating in 1988. The NEDFRC is one of six dairy product research centers across the country established by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, now known as Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI) in cooperation with universities and dairy food manufacturers. DMI and all its activities are supported by funds from the dairy farmers of America.
The Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center located at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., was formed to conduct fluid milk and dairy ingredient research, provide applications and technical support for the improvements in milk powder quality and help establish the next generation of dairy ingredients. The Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center also provides new learning opportunities for the industry with short-course training in dairy food safety and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and dairy processing, including artisan dairy production, with certificate programs in fluid milk processing, cheese making, and yogurt production.