The Cornell Dairy Center of Excellence exists to connect the over 100 faculty and staff at Cornell with expertise in the dairy industry. These dairy experts engage in research, extension outreach and teaching and come from numerous departments across the Cornell campus, spanning the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine. Focus areas include preventative medicine and herd health, dairy production management, food safety, epidemiology, worker training, industry relations and many others. The goals of the Center include facilitating collaboration and funding opportunities, enhancing the visibility of dairy expertise at Cornell, and improving teaching and the dairy education experience for both students and stakeholders, within and beyond our land-grant colleges. The Center also strives to improve all facets of the dairy system, addressing environmental sustainability issues, animal welfare, the general economic health of producers and processors and providing quality, nutritious products to consumers. Through these combined efforts, we leverage the intellectual and administrative resources of the university in combination with those of our stakeholders, both dairy producers and processors. Our goal is thus to address agricultural issues important to our region and our country, and to promote the communities that they support.