Registration is now open for AFIA-500: Fundamentals of FeedManufacturing. The distance education program is sponsored by the American FeedIndustry Association (AFIA) and Kansas State University (KSU), and is ideal forindividuals at all levels interested in gaining a better understanding of thefeed manufacturing process.

The e-learning program is 100 percent online and will run from June 30 to August 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 loadout and maintenance.

Courses 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.


"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."

AFIA-500 is $499 for AFIA members and $685 for non-members. The registration deadline is June 20.