O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation CenterKansas State University
Joint facility for Grain Science and Animal Science Departments.
Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science and Industry and the Department of Animal Science and Industry are jointly constructing a new O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center. The feed mill facility is being designed and constructed to permit the production of all needed research feeds for the Department of Animal Science on its research farms, and to permit contract and graduate level research and feed related teaching.
The facility will include a primary production, teaching, and research feed mill area, and a smaller teaching and research area, the Cargill Feed Safety Research Center, which is being designated as a BSL-2 (Bio Safety Level-2) facility and will allow controlled research with low-level pathogenic organism such as Salmonella and E-coli. Currently, there are no facilities of any significant scale in the U.S. that can conduct such research. The new feed technology innovation center is another way K-State is demonstrating its support for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility being built adjacent to the University campus.
In addition to the processing operations, the facility will contain a grain and ingredient receiving, handling and storage facility that will also allow for conducting large-scale grain storage and grain quality preservation research. Approximately 6,000 tons of ingredients per year is anticipated to pass through the facility, most of which will be finished feeds, though a significant portion will be cleaned grain or other ingredients needed at the various animal facilities.
Construction of this facility is underway and estimated to be complete in the spring of 2013.