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AFIA opens registration for fall feed manufacturing course

Five-week distance education program provides an in-depth understanding of feed manufacturing process.

The American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) has opened registration for its online feed manufacturing course, to be conducted Aug. 27-Sept. 28, in partnership with Kansas State University.

The five-week “AFIA 500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing” distance education program provides an in-depth understanding of the feed manufacturing process while allowing participants to work at their own pace and engage in online discussions with other students and university instructors, AFIA said.

“This course teaches participants the ways they can improve facility safety and maintenance and become more efficient in feed processing,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. “Additionally, the convenience of the online course allows employers the ability to keep their employees’ skills fresh without lost staff time or the additional cost of travel.”

The feed technology group in Kansas State’s department of grain science and industry developed AFIA 500 in 2010. The course covers a variety of topics, including: the process flow from particle size reduction to batching and mixing, conditioning and pelleting, boilers, post-pellet systems, packaging and loadout and maintenance.

Kansas State is the only U.S. university to offer a bachelor of science degree in feed manufacturing and is home to the IGP Institute, AFIA said. Over more than 35 years, the IGP Institute has established a worldwide reputation as a center of excellence for international programs related to flour milling, grain processing, feed manufacturing, grain quality management and grain marketing and risk management focused on corn, grain sorghum, soybeans and wheat.

The courses, taught by a diverse blend of individuals from Kansas State and within the feed and allied industries, provide in-depth training on all aspects related to feed manufacturing.

To date, more than 450 individuals have earned a certificate for completing the AFIA 500 course. Visit the course website for more information and to register by Aug. 10.

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