Registrations have opened for the distance education program AFIA-500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing. Sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and Kansas State University, the feed manufacturing course is an ideal course for individuals at all levels interested in gaining a better understanding of the feed manufacturing process.
The e-learning program is 100% online and will run from June 30 to Aug 1, allowing participants the freedom to work at their own pace while engaging in online discussions about the course material. AFIA-500 was developed by the feed technology group in KSU's department of grain science and industry. Topics include the process flow from particle size reduction to batching and mixing, conditioning and pelleting, boilers, post-pellet systems, packaging and load-out and maintenance.
The course will be taught by Dr. Charles Stark of KSU's Department of Grain Science & Industry. Stark will be assisted by Brandi Miller, KSU, and Dr. Adam Fahrenholz of North Carolina State University's Prestage Department of Poultry Science. Fifty participants will be accepted into the program. To view the course syllabus, click here.
"The program will outline the basics of feed manufacturing, which is great for those new to the industry or for those who have been involved in feed for years and want a refresher," said Keith Epperson, AFIA vice president of manufacturing and training. "The instructors will discuss how the U.S. feed industry has evolved over time and its current structure today as well as the different processing steps involved in feed manufacturing."