The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced a $2.5 million gift to assist with funding construction of the Feed Technology Center, a key asset that will advance educational and research opportunities within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois, and will advance animal agriculture and companion animal nutrition across the globe.
“Thanks to this investment from ADM, we will continue in our long tradition of leading innovative, industry-relevant research while training the next generation of experts in feed science and animal nutrition,” said Kim Kidwell, dean of the College of ACES. “We are truly grateful for their partnership, both in this moment and throughout the history of the college.”
College of ACES researchers have shaped the feed crop and animal production industries for decades, in partnership with diverse groups of stakeholders. The new facility will significantly expand the reach and capacity of this work through the production of large and small batches of traditional and specialized research diets. ACES students also will gain valuable hands-on experience with cutting-edge feed technologies, creating a work force pipeline for careers at ADM and similar companies.
“Innovation across the entire ag supply chain is key to helping the entire industry find new solutions to tackle the monumental challenge of feeding the world’s growing population,” said Ryan Lane, president, ADM Animal Nutrition in North America. “ADM is fortunate to have a strong partnership with the College of ACES and access to their animal nutrition staff, student talent, and research capabilities as we work together to develop new products, services, and solutions. We are proud to help support the College of ACES and the animal nutrition industry on this exciting new project.”
The Feed Technology Center, along with additional ACES facilities, such as the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, offers industry partners opportunities to engage in productive research collaborations, as well as continuing education for professionals and customers.
Construction on the Feed Technology Center started in June and is expected to be completed in fall 2020. ADM’s gift will ease the financial burden for the University of Illinois and the College of ACES, which have already committed $6 million toward the $20-million project.
“The College of ACES values collaboration with industry partners. This investment from ADM extends the long-established partnership in animal nutrition innovation, professional preparation, and public engagement,” said Rodney Johnson, head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Illinois.