Conversely, from a continuing education standpoint, Conner feels the new mill presents the opportunity to develop promising middle management by honing their understanding of feed milling and new technology.
Auburn also welcomes private industry to conduct proprietary research at the new facility.
“Auburn Agriculture’s bread and butter is serving the poultry industry, but we’re not in it to profit,” Conner says, noting the department does have to cover its costs and reinvest in the program.
“It’s our mission to do research and training that is transferrable directly into industry practice,” Conner explains. “[The mill] was built from donated funds, and the industry has faith that we will deliver on our promises. I think it’s going to be a busy place, but we’re up for the challenge.”
To date, the school has reached 40% of its funding goal. Conner invites anyone who is interested in the mill to come out and take a tour; he also wanted to stress this final message: “We’re still fund raising!”
For more information about Auburn University’s Poultry & Animal Nutrition Center, visit www.ag.auburn.edu.