Cargill has announced another milestone in the company's partnership with Kansas State University: a $500,000 gift that will help fund the construction of the Cargill Center for Feed Safety Research.
The facility will conduct studies with pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli to address current food and feed safety issues facing the feed industry. It will be another development in the growing grain science and industry complex along Kimball Avenue.
Once operational, the facility will allow for planned research on a variety of food and feed safety efforts, including feed processing technologies to sterilize feed and lower bacterial/viral introduction to livestock operations and the food chain.
It will be part of the new O.H. Kruse Feed Mill and Biorefinery Teaching and Research Center, which broke ground in October 2010. The facility also will be near the site of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which will conduct research on dangerous and exotic foreign animal diseases.
The Cargill Center for Feed Safety Research will be jointly operated by the K-State departments of grain science and industry and animal sciences and industry, and will serve as a critical link between the research, teaching and outreach efforts of the departments.