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September 16, 2019

Ground was broken Sept. 13 for Iowa State University’s new feed mill and grain science complex.Iowa State University broke ground Friday, Sept. 13, to mark the start of construction of its $21.2 million Kent Corporation Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex (name pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa). The site will be located on 10 acres of university-owned land southwest of the intersection of Highway 30 and State Avenue in Ames. The complex will include a feed mill tower, feed milling and mixing structures, grain storage bins, warehouse and an educational building with classrooms.

August 29, 2019

Iowa State University scientists collaborated on a World Resources Institute report, released today, that seeks to reduce the annual 1.3 billion tons of global food loss and waste by 2030. The report, “Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Setting a Global Action Agenda,” finds momentum to address reducing the enormous amount of food that is lost or wasted each year and proposes a global action agenda to successfully meet the United Nations’ call to halve food loss and waste by 2030.

August 21, 2019

The Iowa State University Startup Factory today announced that cohort one team SAFI-Tech has received an investment from Rhapsody Venture Partners to bring its No-Heat SAC305 product to market.

August 13, 2019

Jacek Koziel, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, spent a month in Uzbekistan using his food, energy and water nexus expertise in the Aral Sea basin as part of the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program. 

August 06, 2019

If what is old is new again, is there a way to make ancient grains new to 21st-century taste buds?

Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE) is exploring this question with help from a group of six students from southern France.

June 05, 2019

After 50 years at ISU, University Professor Carl Bern has announced his retirement. His research focused on storage, preservation and applications of grains and oilseeds. With projects in Honduras, Tanzania, Uganda and India, Bern’s work explores appropriate storage containers for farmers and designs for sealing procedures for hemetic structures on subsistence farms.

June 04, 2019

From The Gazette. With its thriving network of teaching farms situated on 450 acres south of campus, Iowa State University is looking to build a $21.2 million feed mill and grain science complex to support its livestock and poultry, compel research and bolster education.

May 06, 2019

California Pellet Mill (CPM), the world's leading supplier of animal feed processing equipment, is donating nearly $2.6 million in equipment to a new educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science at Iowa State University. CPM’s donation will provide equipment, automation and services. The gift is the latest contribution to the $21.2 million feed mill and grain science complex, which will be funded entirely through private giving.

April 17, 2019

Food loss and waste is a global problem that negatively impacts the bottom line of businesses and farmers, wastes limited resources and damages the environment. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), The Rockefeller Foundation and Iowa State University today launched the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction at the 2019 Iowa International Outreach Symposium.

February 28, 2019

Zhiyou Wen, CCUR interim director, (center) gives an overview of the different fermenters located in the Fermentation Facility.The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and the Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) hosted a tour on how to use Iowa State University experts and capabilities in fermentation and bioprocessing labs Feb. 21. Participants toured CCUR's Fermentation Facility and the BioCentury Research Farm's Biochemical Processing Train. 

February 28, 2019
  • Food Scientist's Research on Soybean Wax Featured in Iowa Soybean Review
  • CCUR, BEI and BCRF Exhibit at IRFA Summit
  • Sep-All: Transforming Waste Stream Materials into High-value Products 
  • City of Slater Selects Gross-Wen Technologies' Algae-based Process for Wastewater Syste
February 28, 2019

The Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop will be held May 14-16 at Iowa State University. The workshop will include hands-on activities with large pilot-scale fermenters including the 500- and 1,000-liter fermenters located at the Iowa State's BioCentury Research Farm.The Iowa State University Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) is offering the Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop, a three-day workshop that will cover the basics of bench- and pilot-scale fermentation and downstream processing. It will be held May 14-16 at CCUR and the BioCentury Research Farm. 

February 28, 2019

Phil Manning, IBRL pilot plant specialist, unloads the tray dryer into the IBRL facility. Photo courtesy of IBRL.An industrial tray dryer once housed at the Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) will now have a new life at the University of Illinois Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab (IBRL).

December 30, 2018

 Stephanie Clark (judge), professor of FSHN; Mariel Camacho-Arriol (third place), graduate student in food science and technology; Amy Huynh Bettle (second place), senior in environmental science and event management; Lauren Unzen (first place), freshman in culinary food science; Laurel McGonegle (first place), freshman in food science; Ellen Arntz (first place), freshman in culinary food science; Singh Arti (judge), adjunSeven students took part in the final round of the Mung Bean Education and Innovation Contest Nov. 29, in the Food Sciences Building. The contest was coordinated by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Department of Agronomy.

December 30, 2018

CCUR 2018 Year in ReviewIt's nearing the end of 2018, and the Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) is taking a look back at our favorite highlights of the year.

December 30, 2018

Agricultural engineering students Sam Clark (left) and Brendan Hageman (center) explain to Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager, how the new sensors will work on the CPM pellet mill. CCUR completes a fermentation and downstream processing project for a startup company, and also helps Feed Energy Company make five feed pellet samples using the pilot-scale pellet mill. An ABE Senior Capstone Team is improving the performance of CCUR's pellet mills. Professor Stephanie Clark and her research team are working on a pasteurized process cheese food project. 

October 30, 2018

Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager, (left) assists students with blanching vegetables. CCUR continued to assist Biova, LLC with a spray drying project. Students in FSHN 472 used the Wet Processing Pilot Plant equipment to learn about canning, drying, freezing and extrusion. An ABE Senior Capstone team is improving the performance of two pellet mills. The FSHN External Advisory Council participated in a cheesemaking demonstration in the pilot plant.

October 30, 2018
  • New Equipment and Service Fee Schedule Available for ISU Faculty and Staff
  • Articles available on corn and soybean harvest issues
  • Colonna Presents Poster at Conference of Food Engineering
  • Kent Corporation opens innovation center at ISU Research Park
October 30, 2018

The Fermentation Facility purchased a new Applikon bench-top fermentor. The fermentor has a 7-liter working volume capacity and is equipped with the ez-Control system for controlling pH levels, temperature, dissolved oxygen, foam and agitation. The Fermentation Facility purchased a new Applikon bench-top fermentor. The fermentor has a 7-liter working volume capacity and is equipped with the ez-Control system for controlling pH levels, temperature, dissolved oxygen, foam and agitation.

October 04, 2018

Matt DarrMatt Darr, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named administrative leader of Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm and Precision Agriculture and Industry Partnership Fellow in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

October 03, 2018

Tong Wang (right) leads an effort to find new uses for soybean oil at Iowa State University. Wang and postdoctoral research associate Tao Fei (left) believe soybean wax can be used as a coating for cardboard boxes as a more environmentally friendly alternative to paraffin wax. Image courtesy of Tong Wang.Petroleum-based paraffin wax commonly coats cardboard and all sorts of other products to improve durability and water resistance, but it can’t be recycled and may adversely affect human health. So researchers at Iowa State University are developing wax from soybean oil that would share many properties of paraffin wax but would also be biodegradable.

September 04, 2018

Zhiyou WenZhiyou Wen has been named the interim director of Iowa State University’s Center for Crops Utilization Research. Wen, a professor of food science and human nutrition, has been an Iowa State faculty member since 2010. He  assumed his new duties Sept. 1.

August 30, 2018
  • Introduction to Fermentation Workshop held at CCUR
  • Food scientists receive patent for technology using soybean oil
  • Maier elected Fellow of the ASABE
  • Hurburgh wins award for contributions to grain processing
August 30, 2018

Safi-Tech was selected to present their business plan concept to a panel of judges during the 13th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition being held August 30, 2018. Sep-All was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Gross-Wen Technologies was featured in a recent article in Silicon Prairie News and Safi-Tech's research was featured in a Clay & Milk article.

August 30, 2018

Somchai Rice, MGWII assistant scientist, (left) and Chelsea Nelson, a junior in food science, load fruit into the crusher destemmer.Biova, LLC recently worked with the Center for Crops Utilization Research to spray dry 100 gallons of liquid materials. Five food engineering graduate student interns from the Polytech Montpellier in Montpellier, France, spent the summer working with Kurt Rosentrater on multiple grain processing research projects using equipment in the dry processing pilot plant. The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute processed approximately 200 pounds of La Crescent grapes in the wet processing pilot plant.

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