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K-State Holds Dedication For New O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center on Oct. 11

Date Posted: October 15, 2013

by Alex Lord, Grain Journal Associate Editor

A new feed technology center was dedicated on Kansas State University's campus on Friday, Oct. 11.

The ceremony and ribbon cutting for the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center was attended by several milling industry leaders and many leaders from K-State.

A lead gift of $2 million was made in October 2007 by the Kruse family, Goshen, CA, in honor of company founder Otto H. Kruse, for whom the facility was named.

Ron Kruse, Western Milling LLC owner and CEO, participated in the ribbon cutting and dedication.

Other speakers from K-State included:

• Dirk Maier, Grain Science and Industry department head.

• Kirk Schulz, university president.

• John Floros, Dean of the College of Agriculture.

• Cole Rickabaugh, Feed Science Club student president.

• Ken Odde, Animal Sciences and Industry department head.

The new mill combines the feed related activities of the Departments of Grain Science and Industry and Animal Sciences.

According to Charles Stark, professor of feed technology and director of the mill, this will allow students from both the animal sciences and grain sciences departments to become future leaders in the feed industry.

The mill currently is producing feed for the swine, dairy, and poultry farms at K-State, and with the future installation of a steam flaker, will begin producing feed for the beef unit as well. "The mill will be run by a manager and student employees," Stark says.

"We will have three student shift leaders responsible for maintenance, quality assurance, and housekeeping." Feed manufacturing at the O.H. Kruse Feed and Technology Center will be split between student labs, research, campus farm feed manufacturing, and running test feeds for outside organizations.

One to 1-1/2 days a week will be spent working with three student labs. One unique feature of the mill is the Cargill Center for Feed Safety Research.

The center, funded by a $500,000 grant from Cargill, can be sealed off from the main mill tower and provides researchers with the opportunity to work with feed processing technologies to reduce bacterial and viral introduction to animal food livestock operations.

The O.H. Kruse Feed and Technology Center is expected to have a capacity of 5,000-tpy and will mainly produce bulk feed for transport to K-State animal units.

Alternatively, feed can also be bagged for smaller production runs.

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