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College celebrates feed mill grand opening

November 06, 2007
ribbon-cutting at feed mill grand opening
N.C. State administrators, faculty and staff, along with industry representatives and feed mill supporters, cut the ribbon to dedicate the new North Carolina State University Feed Mill Educational Unit.(Photo by Daniel Kim)

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More than 300 people celebrated the grand opening of the new Feed Mill Educational Unit in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. Representatives of the feed milling, swine and poultry industries, as well as university officials, faculty, staff and students, gathered Wednesday, Oct. 31, 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 college's 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 Dean Johnny Wynne, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 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.

Dr. John Gilligan, N.C. State Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, said during the event that the opening of the feed mill "puts us closer to our goal to make N.C. State the number one feed milling program in the nation, if not the world."

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Posted by Suzanne at November 6, 2007 09:32 AM