Poultry Feed Mill

Investing in the future
of Poultry Science

Our Mission
The Land Grant Mission

Our goal is to have this new facility become a flagship land-grant university mill, serving students, faculty, staff of Mississippi State, as well as the state of Mississippi and the poultry industry through high quality outputs in:

Research Goals
Teaching Goals
Service Goals
Image Alternative Text: SPARK student leaders posing outside of Lee Hall as SPARK students exit the building

Why a New Feed Mill?

Currently, any pelleted research feed is being outsourced to Auburn University. They manufacture the feed and it is shipped to MSU for research trials. This is due to the USDA feed mill shutting down in March 2022 to do necessary repairs to their dated feed mill.

Historically, feed has been batched, bagged and hauled to USDA for pelleting and then returned to MSU. However, the government shutdown in 2019 and COVID regulations in 2020-2022, made the USDA facility inaccessible consequently hindering research, as well as the training of students.

Even when the USDA feed mill opens back at the end of 2022, MSU will remain to be limited on research, teaching, and service/outreach goals.

Image Alternative Text: Patrick Games (Interdisciplinary Studies) studying with laptop in Old Main Academic Center. Photoshoot commissioned by Distance Education.

This feed mill has been designed and planned with input from the Mississippi State Feed Mill Advisory Board

Progress To Date

With Advisory Board buy-in, progress to date:

  • Property Surveyed
  • Engineering Services provided by WL Port-land
  • Process Flow Diagram
  • General Arrangement Drawings
  • Scope Description
  • Equipment list / general design parameters
  • Preliminary Facility Budget
  • Preliminary Engineering and Construction Timeline


Stay updated with the current donation goals.

Goal ~$7M Committed ~$2.6M See Current Levels

Board of Directors

Mississippi State University Feed Mill Advisory Board

Richard Obermeyer, Aviagen, Inc.

Dr. Bob Loar II, Cal-Maine Foods

Dr. Leonel Mejia, Cobb Vantress, Inc.

Scott Anderson, CPM

Matthew McLean, Essmueller Co.

Ben Sellers, Hayes & Stolz

Stuart Martin, Hayes & Stolz

Bryan Martin, Jesco, Inc.

Steve McLaurin, Peco Foods

Billy Perkins, Peco Foods

Brad Tipton, Pilgrims

Dr. Mark Lemons, Sanderson Farms

Darrin Poole, Sanderson Farms

Dr. Curran Gehring, Tucker Milling

John Wilson, Tyson Foods

Brad Stokke, WEM

Alan Berndtson, WEM

Tim Lease, WL Port-land

Jonathan Cowles, WL Port-land

John Franko, WL Port-land

Pete Ensch, WEM

Mississippi State Department of Poultry Science Representatives

Steve and Linda McLaurin

*All donations will be recognized on the "Honor Wall" within the new feed mill.


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Kelly Wamsley

Kelley Wamsley



Will Staggers

William Staggers



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