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Welcome to the Mill

Thank you for your interest in the NC State Feed Mill Education Unit. The mill director, Dr. Adam Fahrenholz, has a quick  welcome to share.


The concept of a Teaching and Research Feed Mill at NC State University started in the early 1990s when the Poultry Science department identified the need to replace their 1950s-era poultry feed mill. The concept was expanded from a single-species mill (poultry) to a feed mill that could manufacture feed for all of the animals at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory.

The feed mill was designed to meet the teaching and research needs of the departments of Poultry Science, Animal Science and Biological & Agricultural Engineering (BAE).

A ground-breaking ceremony was held May 24, 1999. Building construction started in 2001 and finished in 2003. Equipment was purchased between 2004 and 2006. Installation began in 2006 and finished in fall 2007.

The NC State University Feed Mill Education Unit was dedicated on October 31, 2007. Faculty and staff began conducting research and teaching students how to operate the equipment in January of 2008.

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For additional information contact

Dr. Adam Fahrenholz
Program Coordinator, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
NC State University
Cooperative Extension Service
Prestage Department of Poultry Science
234C Scott Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7608

Phone: +1 919.515.5408