NC State Feed Milling Education Initiative Update August 2004

The further development of an academic program is underway with the appointment of a committee of interested faculty from the Departments of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, and Poultry Science. This committee has also identified and contacted individuals from the feed milling industry that will advise the committee as to what coursework might be needed to best develop a “concentration.” A concentration is a step up from the present minor but not quite a stand alone major. There is interest on the part of several faculty members in making adjustments in their existing courses in order to cover the required subject matter needed to support a program in feed milling. There are a number of interested students as evidenced by the initial interest in our feed milling minor. CFIA scholarship funds are being used to attract students into the minor at the present time and to build interest in this program.


A training program for the prospective staff of the Feed Mill Educational Unit has begun so that these individuals can be involved in the installation and start-up of the equipment that is presently being purchased with $800,000 of bond referendum funding that remained after construction of the mill building was completed. However, there is a need for approximately $1 million more in private funding to complete the first phase of the Feed Mill Educational Unit and begin production of feed and support of the on-campus instructional program. Completion of the first phase will also allow us to begin significant extension teaching and research activities.

In order to raise the remaining $1 million to complete the first phase of the Feed Mill Educational Unit a capital campaign has been announced
Dan Warren of the J. A. Warren Company and Lois Britt of Murphy-Brown, LLC have agreed to serve as co-chairs of the campaign. At the request of these two individuals and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences administration, the NC Agricultural Foundation has agreed to provide $250,000 as a challenge gift to match $750,000 of private support. This is a significant step and signals a willingness to use “Nickels For Know How” funds in a new and innovative manner to directly support an industry that provides a portion of those funds. We are now leaving the silent phase of the capital campaign with over $300,000 in pledges, gifts, and gifts-in-kind received. We are hopeful that we can announce another major gift in the near future. A general mailing to the CFIA membership is to come in the near future as we seek to collect the funds and pledges necessary to complete this exciting project. The NC Agricultural Foundation has agreed to borrow the funds necessary to complete the first phase of the project as soon as sufficient pledges are received. This will save a great deal of time and allow NC State University to better serve the feed milling industry.

We are pleased to announce these Major Donors to the Feed Mill Educational Initiative Capital Campaign:

Corporate Donors

                        Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.


                        Novus International

                        NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NIR equipment)


                        Bill Stegmeier and RMS Roller-Grinder (Roller Mill)


                        Gold Kist

                        Mountaire Poultry

                        Southern States Cooperative

Individual Donors

                        John T. Brake



                        C. Mike Williams


A number of companies have given us very favorable pricing on their equipment. We will be adding the names of these companies to the list above as all of the details of the purchasing become final.   You may click here to print out a pledge form for your contribution to the Feed Mill Educational Initiative Campaign.

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