A "W" crest banner hangs amid tree leaves changing colors during autumn on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 9, 2007.  Photo by: Jeff MillerThe Wisconsin Idea is the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom. It spans UW–Madison’s teaching, research, outreach and public service.

The new Meat Science Laboratory is rooted in the Wisconsin Idea. Historically, the faculty have worked closely with the meat industry to solve real-world problems while educating students to become industry leaders.

meatlab4As problems become more complex, a cross-campus, multidimensional approach is required while engaging the industry. This approach is supported by faculty and staff in food safety, engineering, veterinary medicine, animal agriculture and biology.

The mission of the new facility is: