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New $20M UI Feed Mill Almost Ready to Open

New facility will deliver 8,000 tons of specialized research diets each year

Photo by James Baltz
Photo by James Baltz

The University of Illinois’ new feed mill is almost ready to open, reports The News-Gazette.

“It’s a bit of a scramble here at the end for a project of this scale, but all the major equipment is installed,” Rod Johnson, head of the Department of Animal Sciences, told The News-Gazette. “We’re in the midst of completing some safety checks.”

A load of corn was delivered “so they can starting running that through various aspects of the feed mill to remove construction debris,” he said.

The $20 million, state-of-the-art project, located at the University of Illinois South Farms, will accelerate advancements and expand horizons in technology and scientific discovery in feed ingredient utilization, new processing technologies, and improved efficiency of food production.

When it opens, the facility will drastically expand the capabilities of the more than 40 faculty members and hundreds of students whose work and research depend on the Feed Technology Center.

The new facility will deliver 8,000 tons of specialized research diets each year, which animal-nutrition scientists will use in their research on livestock and companion animals.

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