JBS USA Supports New Feedlot Innovation Center with $700,000 Donation | Nebraska today
JBS UNITED STATESa leading global food company, has donated $700,000 to the University of Nebraska Foundation to support the University of Nebraska‒Lincoln and its plans for a new Feedlot Innovation Center near Mead.
Located at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center, the Feedlot Innovation Center will provide new capacity to develop and evaluate emerging technologies used in feedlot animal management. Featuring a commercial-scale feedlot and state-of-the-art animal processing facility, it will be used in teaching, research and outreach efforts by the Institute of agriculture and natural resources.
The Feedlot Innovation Center has an estimated construction cost of $5 million. IANR has committed $2 million in financing, with the A Foundation spearheading $3 million private fundraising initiative. To date, nearly $2 million has been committed in private support.
“This facility will advance the university’s commitment to scientific innovation in the development of resilient systems for the production of food animals,” said Michael Boehm, Harlan’s vice chancellor for IANR and A vice president for agriculture and natural resources. “We are grateful for the support of JBS UNITED STATES and other partners who understand the tremendous value of this new facility in advancing beef production and preparing future leaders to serve this incredibly important industry.
Steve Cohron, President of the Fed Beef Division of JBS UNITED STATES, said this project aligns with the company’s long-term commitment to the beef industry and its farming and ranching partners in Nebraska and surrounding states. It also has the potential to unlock game-changing technologies that will benefit US growers, the climate, and the company’s net zero commitment.
“JBS UNITED STATES is thrilled to support the new Feedlot Innovation Center, and we believe the kind of research and learning this facility will provide is imperative to ensuring a more sustainable food supply,” Cohron said. “This initiative aligns with our goal as a company to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, and we hope that our investment, in partnership with the University of Nebraska and other contributors, will drive new innovations that will strengthen the entire beef value chain. ”
Other major contributors who supported the Feedlot Innovation Center project include John and Beth Klosterman of David City, who donated $500,000. The Klostermans have supported the University of Nebraska for more than 45 years. Farm Credit Services of America donated $300,000 to the project.
The Feedlot Innovation Center will include a complex with livestock comfort and research buildings, a feed technology facility, innovative open pens and an animal handling facility. The expansion will create real-world facilities to test new precision technologies, address environmental issues facing the feed industry, and improve cattle performance and welfare while comparing different environments and housing systems. The expansion will also allow for innovation in manure collection and management which will innovate both new modifications and possible modifications for existing operations.
The Feedlot Innovation Center will also allow students to gain hands-on experience while being exposed to the latest research and technology.
The center is part of a larger university initiative that is aligned with the mission of IANR produce food, fuel, feed and fiber for a growing world in a way that promotes the resilience of natural resources and a high quality of life for those engaged in agriculture.