The American Feed Industry Association’s Equipment Manufacturers Committee (EMC) recently donated $2,500 to Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science and Industry undergraduate scholarship fund.
“The Department of Grain Science and Industry’s mission is to educate students and professionals, conduct innovative research, transfer new technologies and knowledge, offer high-quality outreach programs and services that impact the global grain and plant-based food, feed, fiber, fuel and bio-products supply chains,” according to Keith Epperson, AFIA’s vice president of manufacturing and training. “These are the types of programs the AFIA EMC wanted to support.”
The K-State Grain Science and Industry program is the only place in the U.S. that offers undergraduate degrees in milling, bakery, and feed science and management, and higher level degrees in grain science.
“Feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050 will require a new group of professionals in the feed industry,” stated EMC chairman, Randy Stauffer, Intersystems. “Supporting education programs like those at K-State, will help us achieve that goal.”
K-State’s Department of Grain Science and Industry is headed by Dr. Dirk Maier, where he is responsible for leading the department’s teaching, research and outreach programs.
"Scholarship support from AFIA's equipment manufacturer members is vital to attracting more students into our unique feed science and management program and preparing them for successful feed industry careers,” said Dr. Maier. “This investment is another example of the strategic partnership between AFIA and Kansas State University which includes continuing education offerings for industry professionals and completion of the new O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center.”
The highly-anticipated facility is expected to open soon. “The new facility will be an excellent place for our students and industry professionals to gain hands-on training with the start of this fall semester," continued Maier.
Monies are raised for the EMC scholarship fund at the annual AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Conference and golf outing which will be held on Nov. 7–9, 2013, in Amelia Island, Florida. Details on this event can be found at www.afia.org.
AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 500 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.