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Vandal Brand Meats
Meat Science & Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard

The University of Idaho’s current meat science laboratory serves as home to Vandal Brand Meats and the center of the meat science program. This facility — a USDA-inspected plant used for teaching, research and outreach activities — is vital to the program, but has not been updated in decades, creating a tremendous need for modernization.

The University of Idaho asks for your support to build a modern laboratory, named for the late Ron Richard, longtime manager of Vandal Brand Meats who helped build the brand's stellar reputation. Several donors have already stepped forward to help fund the Meat Science and Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard, including the Idaho Cattle AssociationA new, contemporary laboratory will allow the University of Idaho to serve more students and meet the needs of our stakeholders for years to come.

The Meat Science and Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard will create:

  • Larger classrooms to accommodate growing student numbers and modern processing technology for teaching purposes.
  • Hands on, experiential learning related to all aspects of harvesting, processing, packaging, storage and consumption of meat products.
  • An environment conducive to cutting-edge research.
  • Separate space for processing fresh and packaged foods in compliance with USDA regulations.
  • Modern infrastructure that keeps workers safe and ensures humane treatment of animals.
  • Easy accessibility with a prominent location on campus.
  • Greater exposure for Vandal Brand Meats retail sales and community education opportunities.
  • A broadly recognized reputation as the leading meat science program in the region.

We appreciate your support of Vandal Brand Meats and the Meat Science and Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard!

Dean Parrella CALS Excellence $1,000 Challenge
Thanks to Dean Michael Parrella and all of our Vandal Giving Day CALS donors! Go Vandals!
200 / 200 Gifts
University of Idaho Foundation $30,000 Challenge
We did it! Thank you, U of I Foundation and outstanding supporters!
1,500 / 1,500 Gifts
Overnighter Challenge
We had a tie! The funds below will get the boost from the U I Foundation. CAMP: Si Se Puede Endowment $500 Kootenai County 4-H $250 Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) $250
Rank Prize Overnighter Program Challenge Gifts
1 $500 CAMP: Si Se Puede Endowment 16
2 $500 Kootenai County 4-H 9
3 Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) 9
4 National Model UN - Martin Institute 7
5 Department of Agricultural Education, Leadership & Communications 5
All-In For Vandal Brand Meats Wayne '62 & Peggy '65 Thiessen $5,000 Challenge
Thank you Wayne & Peggy Thiessen and all of our Vandal Giving Day donors for your generous support of the Meat Science & Innovation Center Honoring Ron Richard!
20 / 20 Donors
Early Bird Challenge
Thank you to Kaitlin, Alex, Payton & LeAnn for being our early bird donors!
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Rank State Gifts
1 ID 18
2 WA 4
3 OR 2
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