Iowa State University has announced three gifts totaling $14 million to develop a feed mill and grain science complex that will help meet demand for well-prepared graduates in the feed and grain industries.
The gifts, including $8 million from the Kent Corporation, $4 million from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, and $2 million from the Sukup Manufacturing Co., will support the establishment of a $21.2 million educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science, where classes and short courses will be taught, research conducted, and feeds prepared. As proposed, the complex will include a feed mill tower and feed milling and mixing structures, grain storage bins, and a one-story classroom and laboratory building.
"We are very grateful to Kent, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, and Sukup Manufacturing for their lead gifts that will jump-start in-depth planning and development of our feed mill and grain science complex," said Benjamin Allen, interim president of Iowa State. "Their tremendous generosity will help make this facility a valuable addition to hands-on student learning, meaningful faculty research, and extension and outreach to industry workforce."