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The Wisconsin Idea in Action

Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program

The Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program was established as an advanced education program for experienced cheesemakers through joint sponsorship with the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, UW-Extension, and the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. In order to be accepted into the program, you must currently be making cheese in a Wisconsin plant and hold a Wisconsin cheesemaker’s license for a minimum of ten years. Each Master candidate must participate in the program’s quality assurance component of plant and product inspection. This program, the only one in the U.S., enhances the quality image of what is already the nation’s premier cheesemaking state and the unparalleled standards of Wisconsin cheesemaking.


Cheesemakers who are certified through Wisconsin's Master Cheesemakers Program can display the Master Cheesemaker "mark" on their cheeses, which can increase the prestige, recognition and sales of their cheeses.

Focus Areas

Project Leader

Marianne Smukowski
Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program Coordinator

Center for Dairy Research
School or College
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

This project was last updated on Aug 12, 2021. Do you have an update for this project? Find out how to contribute.