MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A brand new refurbished feed mill that was dedicated at the WVU Animal Science Farm is vital to ongoing poultry research efforts.
"We have seven farms in our system, but this is the one with the most activity, students, and faculty. Scientists are out here all the time doing teaching and research and service and one of the major areas of work we do has to do with poultry and the feed that those chickens and turkeys eat," said Dan Robison, WVU Davis College Dean.
A dedication ceremony was held at the farm to celebrate the completion of upgrades to the Mill.
The American Feed Industry helped with the project.
"It's going to enable us to improve the growth and productivity of the poultry industry. Environmental quality with respect to the poultry manures and litters, and human health, with respect to growing and developing better food for people to eat. That's what this is all about," said Robison.
"I think the biggest benefit is the continued prominence of and also value of the research that they continue to do and put forth. It benefits the entire poultry as well as the feed industry, so it also helps West Virginia directly because the poultry industry is the single largest agricultural industry in West Virginia," said Joel Newman, of the American Feed Industry Association.
Feed Mill tours were given following the ceremony to show off the new equipment.
"So we make a mash dye and we extrude it through a pellet dye and it gets a lot of steamed condition as well and that is able to form that nice pellet that we process," said Angela Lamp, student.
The industry makes a significant impact by adding $200 million to the state's economy and provides jobs for more than 5,000 people.
"We're here to have a celebration of this new capability and the research that will be done here and the students that will learn to serve the agricultural and food industries," said Robison.
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