January 13, 2020
Illinois Pork Producers Association invests in Feed Technology Center
Advancing its longstanding support of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois (U of I), the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has announced a financial commitment to the new Feed Technology Center currently under construction.
"Our relationship with Illinois Pork has been incredibly important for advancing the swine industry in the state and nation," says Rodney Johnson, head of the Department of Animal Sciences at U of I. "Their generous gift will assist the Feed Technology Center in becoming a national hub for new discoveries and advancement in animal nutrition."
Research innovations from the Department have shaped the swine industry for decades, in partnership with Illinois swine producers. For example, during the 1950s and early 1960s, Illinois scientists pioneered the modern corn-soybean meal diet for swine and built one of the first indoor swine production units with slatted floors in the United States, providing practical insights to an industry in transition. Later, a partnership between Illinois animal scientists and producers led to the wean-to-finish production system that has revolutionised swine production throughout the US and the world.
According to Johnson, the new Feed Technology Center will further strengthen relationships between the college, industry, and producers, and enable animal nutrition innovations that could impact the global agricultural industry.
"We are confident that our contribution will benefit the pork industry in Illinois and beyond," says Pam Janssen, IPPA president. "With the threat of foreign animal disease transferring through feed ingredients, we welcome more research in that capacity."
The University of Illinois and the College of ACES have committed US$6 million towards the US$20 million project, with private partners (such as ADM, http://www.efeedlink.com/contents/09-10-2019/232388b4-af8c-4509-a45c-43732778bd9c-a181.html) invited to contribute towards the balance. Having started last June, the project is on track to end in fall 2020.