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Grain Science and Industry

Feed Science & Management

Perhaps there is no industry more important than the feed industry, nor one whose future is more certain. This is why, in 1951, when the feed industry turned to Kansas State University for support, we allied ourselves strongly with it by establishing a unique academic program. Today, over fifty years later, we remain the only program in the world to offer a four-year degree in Feed Science and Management, an exclusivity that gives our graduates ample opportunity for success in this large and stable industry.

Each year, K-State places a new lot of well-educated graduates in a variety of high-salary careers. Feed and food producers, pet food manufacturer's, various food ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and exporting companies, are just a few of the types of local, national, and international companies who compete for our graduates.

Additionally, K-State develops new technologies and practices that are used throughout the industry. Our research laboratories include a modern extrusion processing center, a micro-spectroscopy center, and various cereal product research and testing labs. In the fall of 2013, the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center was dedicated. This facility is a fully automated, state of the art, teaching and research facility that will include a biosafety-level 2 teaching and research feed mill.

As the needs and demands of feed science grow and change with world populations, we will grow and change with them. Developing new technologies and business strategies, and educating new generations of graduates. By always remaining strong in research and teaching, we will ensure that our department, the industry, and world populations stay fortified and strong.

Careers in Feed Science and Management 

Click on each career to learn about an alumnus who holds that position. 

Pet Food Manufacturer
Equipment Manufacturers
Feed Ingredient Suppliers
Feed and Food Producers 
Allied Industry
Export Companies
Grain Buyer
Feed Manufacturing Consultant 


Feed Science Features 

After plenty of experience in industry and starting his own consulting company, Dr. Greg Aldrich, research associate professor in the department of grain science and pet food program coordinator, had the opportunity to teach students at K-State how to make food for companion animals, and the pet food program has been thriving ever since. Click here to read more. 
Kansas State University professor Sajid Alavi and his research team are working to find ways to better utilize Kansas row crops to feed hungry populations. Click here to read more about Dr. Alavi's efforts.