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Morrisville State College Takes Cheese to New Level

Learn About Value-Added Products, Strategies at Cheese Business Seminar
MORRISVILLE, NY – Learn about producing cheese, adding value to milk and how to market value-added products during a statewide cheese business seminar, Reinventing the Wheel: Cheese is the New “Whey,” at Morrisville State College on Friday, April 30.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Hamilton Hall. The seminar will offer industry leaders an opportunity to ask questions about forming a cheese-making business.

Presentation topics and times are:

10-10:45 a.m. - “Pressed For Cash: Finance 101.” Craig Pollock, vice president of Farm Credit East in Sangerfield, NY will speak about how to obtain loans and start-up funding.
11 a.m.-12 p.m. - “Making the Grade.” Becca Durant of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will talk about the rules and regulations associated with producing and storing cheese.
1-1:30 p.m. - “Penny Pinching Processing.” Students in Morrisville State College’s Agricultural Business Development and Dairy Management bachelor degree programs will be assessing the true costs of adding value to milk.
1:30-2 p.m. - “Tricks of the Trade.” Trish Witchley, Morrisville State College cheese artisan and plant manager of the college’s Agri-Business Center, will present the ins and outs of quality cheese production.
2-2:30 p.m.-“Building Blocks of Marketing” by Shawn Migdal, a Morrisville State College Agricultural Business Development bachelor degree student and local entrepreneur.

The cost of the seminar is $20 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, by April 16, contact Professor Sheila Marshman at 315-684-6106, e-mail her at or visit

Morrisville State College offers agriculture-related bachelor degrees in agricultural business development, dairy management, horticulture business management, equine science and renewable resources technology.

Agriculture-related associate degrees are offered in agricultural business, agricultural engineering, agricultural mechanics, animal science-dairy, agricultural science, diesel technology, diesel equipment technology, equine science and management, equine racing management, horticulture, aquaculture and aquatic science, environmental and natural resources conservation, landscape architectural studies, renewable energy technology and natural resources conservation.

Morrisville State College, considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the Morrisville campus.