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BATAVIA – Genesee Community College, responding to a local growth industry, will offer an associate degree in food processing in a new course this fall.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center has built what it says is the first food processing business park in the state.

The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park’s two tenants – Mueller Quaker and Allpina Foods – are yogurt makers. Another potential tenant is a plant that will convert animal waste into methane, which can be used by the yogurt plants.

Dairy farming with thousands of cows in Genesee and Wyoming counties, has been spurred by the yogurt makers whose main component is milk.

GCC’s two-year 63-credit course will cover specific training in food safety, sanitation, food and dairy processing operations, and food labeling.

The program with an associate in applied science degree was developed with Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension. An internship at a food processing facility will be part of the curriculum.