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New $21m grain science complex announced

Iowa State says this planned facility would better train students, improve faculty research and serve existing employers as a training resource.

October 4, 2017

New $21m grain science complex announced

Iowa State University students perform research in a university field.

Iowa State University (ISU) recently announced contributions from Kent Corporation, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Sukup Manufacturing Co. for a feed mill and grain science complex.

The proposed $21.2 million facility will include feed mill tower and feed milling and mixing structures, grain storage bins and a one-story classroom and laboratory building. The facility will also be available for rent by private industry, for continuing education and extension programs for employees in feed milling and grain industries. Iowa has the highest concentration of agricultural feedstock and chemical employment of any state, which underlines the importance of facilities like this to the state’s economy.

ISU students will use the complex to perform research and prepare animal feeds to meet the dietary requirements for livestock housed at several university teaching and research farms in the Ames area. ISU faculty will use it as a source for custom-made animal feeds for academic studies. Researchers also will use the complex to study feed safety and biosecurity issues linked to transportation of feeds.

ISU plans for this facility to be the latest addition to its already impressive agricultural research portfolio, which includes the BioCentury Research Farm, a first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. For over a century ISU has provided world-renowned agricultural education, and is the primary reason Iowa is home to more plant and soil scientists than any other state. These scientists have unlocked, and continue to discover, hundreds of uses for Iowa’s agricultural bounty. For more information about Iowa’s leadership in this field, visit



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