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they're trying to develop, and they want to have access
for a day or week to run some experiments. "
Many times faculty members work with feed companies, exploring the utility of new ingredients, he said.
The center will allow them to use novel ingredients to
design a diet, manufacture the diet and then feed to animals in an appropriate setting.
" I see tremendous opportunity in being able to leverage the facility in that way to create new feed technology, " Johnson said.
Partnerships
Donations, big and small, were critical to the center's
construction and for its continuing operation, Johnson
said. Several made cash donations, including Archer
Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), which contributed $2.5
million to the center.
" We do a lot of the research with them, " Johnson
said. " The size of the gift was very significant. All of
the donations are important. Some of the smaller gifts
are very meaningful because it demonstrates the value
they place on having this relationship with the university and college of ACES. "
The Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Pork
Producers Association also made financial commitments to the project.
The most recent monetary contribution of $50,000
came from Compeer Financial, which invests in causes
that further the agriculture community through innovation and education.
" Those are very impactful because they are coming
from producer organizations, " he said. " We are very
happy to have that support. "
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Left: Feed is bagged with a bagging system donated
by JEM International.
Right: Bühler provided $1 million of equipment to the
center, including a MultImpactMAX hammer mill.

ware and software and the pelleting equipment, Bühler
supplied a MultImpactMAX hammer mill, a Speedmix
paddle mixer, a Hymix and Hytherm long-term conditioner and retentioner along with cyclones, filters,
airlocks and fans. Bühler also provided commissioning
and startup for the feed mill.
University of Illinois' focus on advanced technology
and the future really sets it apart from other universities, said Dan Lundt, director, feed and oilseeds North
America, for Bühler.
" How they've integrated technology into agriculture and the programs they have for students is really unique, " he said. " That's the same world Bühler
lives in. We're a very technology focused company
and how that can apply into agriculture, food and
feed production. "
For Bühler, not only is it important to have students
learning on its equipment, but the data that will be generated by the center is also key.
The company has set sustainability targets to reduce
waste and use less water and energy; collecting data
from the center will help in reaching those goals.
" This will be such a digital journey, " Lundt said.
" This is such a great opportunity to work with an engaged partner to find a way to solve these big problems
in the world. Feed is one really important piece. "
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