Ohio State ATI in Wooster, Ohio, is proud to announce the launch of a new certificate program in feed mill operations. Starting from the autumn semester of 2024, this 9-month program aims to meet the increasing demand for skilled professionals in animal agriculture. With the American Feed Industry Association reporting over 5,800 animal food manufacturing facilities in the United States, providing more than 944,000 jobs, it is clear that there is a need for qualified individuals in this field.
The feed mill operations certificate program at Ohio State ATI offers students a comprehensive curriculum that covers key aspects of animal nutrition and feed mill operations. By enrolling in this program, students will gain knowledge and practical skills related to the feeding and nutrition of various livestock, including horses, swine, small ruminants, and dairy and beef cattle. Additionally, they will study feed mill operations, quality assurance, feed technology, formulation, and safety.
One of the highlights of the feed mill operations certificate program is the opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at the Wooster campus is equipped with a state-of-the-art feed mill, which will serve as a teaching asset for students. This facility is not only highly productive but also plays a critical role in supporting livestock production at Ohio State University (OSU) throughout the state.
Students who are already enrolled in associate degree programs in animal sciences or agronomy may find the feed mill operations certificate to be an attractive add-on to enhance their position in the job market after graduation. By acquiring additional skills and knowledge in feed mill operations, graduates can distinguish themselves from other candidates and increase their employment prospects in the industry.
Ohio State ATI, located on the Wooster campus of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, is committed to providing affordable and accessible associate degree programs. As part of The Ohio State University's land grant mission, the institute aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge that directly lead to employment or further education.
Ohio State ATI recognizes the global significance of feed milling as a critical component of livestock production. The feed mill at the CFAES Wooster campus not only employs ATI students but also collaborates with industry partners in research and development. By expanding its role to include a teaching asset, the feed mill will further contribute to the education and training of future professionals in the field.