The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association represents, educates and informs its members on matters of interest and concern affecting this crucial U.S. industry. Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association is committed to relevant, practical service to its members and to the growth of the ever-evolving dairy industry.
Management Skills Program for Dairy Professionals
WCMA's exclusive partnership with the University of Wisconsin School of Business is a certificate education program designed to build management and business acumen in dairy industry professionals.
The WCMA family of student scholarships provides $10,000 annually to promising college students of member families planning careers in the dairy and food industries. The student scholarship program is supported by the Championship Cheese Auction. Each year, the auction of gold medal cheeses from WCMA's Championship Cheese Contests provides income for a permanent, reserved scholarship fund within Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
WCMA's Mike Dean Scholarship
Supplier Member Scholarships
Norman F. Olson Cheese Research Scholarship
WCMA is your respected advocate for state-level regulation and legislation, serving on key advisory committees and councils in state government. WCMA is a respected voice in federal dairy policy and federal milk marketing order issues. WCMA partners with International Dairy Foods Association, key dairy producer organizations, and fellow dairy and food trade associations to create policy and programs rather than reacting to regulation.
WCMA educates and informs its members through a variety of media, as well as in conferences, committees and workshops.
WCMA Dairy Facts
This newsletter, offered exclusively to WCMA members, provides unique industry news and information, updates on WCMA representation and advanced news on WCMA workshops, contest and events.
WCMA Media Columns
WCMA is represented in external media sources with a monthly column advancing the interests of dairy processors.
WCMA Member Directory
Each year, WCMA publishes detailed data on all WCMA members. This Directory is offered only to current members.
WCMA Wage Survey
Biennial survey results are available only to current members. The next WCMA Wage Survey will be conducted in 2013.
Championship Cheese Contests
In alternating years, WCMA hosts the United States and World Championship Cheese Contests. These internationally-known cheese competitions are the largest technical evaluations of cheese and butter in the world. The Championship Cheese Contests of WCMA have advanced the quality and consistency of dairy products for more than a century.
Annual Conference and Expo
The International Cheese Technology Exposition and the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference, held in alternating years, have set exhibit and attendance records for more than two decades. These annual April events, hosted by WCMA in cooperation with Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, are the largest gatherings in the U.S. cheese industry.
Cheese Technology Tours
WCMA arranges cheese plant and equipment manufacturer tours throughout the world. Each tour is a unique adventure, with access to cheese manufacturers and sites that no ordinary tour could deliver.