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College celebrates feed mill grand opening


On dedication day, visitors toured the feed mill and learned about its equipment.
Photo by Daniel Kim

On a crisp, sunny Halloween Day, more than 300 people celebrated the grand opening of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ new Feed Mill Educational Unit. Representatives of the feed milling, swine and poultry industries, as well as university officials, faculty, staff and students, gathered for a day-long celebration that included tours of the feed mill and a dedication ceremony.

The Feed Mill Educational Unit, a hands-on learning laboratory of the CALS departments of Poultry Science, Animal Science, and Biological and Agricultural Engineering, will provide opportunities for students to learn the principles and methods of feed manufacturing. The facility is one of only two teaching and research mills in the nation and the only one on the East Coast.

“This is a great day,” said College Dean Johnny Wynne, who presided over the dedication ceremony. “The new feed mill completes our goal to create a fully integrated, environmentally sound system addressing all elements of commercial livestock production.”

Located at N.C. State’s Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory in Raleigh, the feed mill is the centerpiece of the College’s Feed Milling Education Initiative, which is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the feed milling industry and to provide the underlying educational and research programs required to support a sustainable industry.

—Suzanne Stanard