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Illinois Animal Agriculture

Animal agriculture is vitally important to the State of Illinois, both currently and in the future. Animal products provide high-quality nutrition for humans and a large job base for Illinois citizens. Animal production in Illinois generates over $2.4 billion in total income to producers, provides alternative enterprises and employment, and produces value-added products from grain and forages.

The Department of Animal Sciences is engaged in a number of research and outreach projects that address the benefits and problem areas surrounding animal production in the state. One such major project is the Illinois Soy-Swine Nutrition Research Program. This project is designed to seek, find, and exploit opportunities to enhance the nutritional merit and thus the competitiveness of U.S. soybeans and the products derived from them. A number of research studies have been conducted for this project, and results will be on display. These studies will detail the positive benefits of utilizing soybean meal in swine diets.

In addition to the Soy-Swine Research Project, another display will depict current research being conducted in the area of swine odor and waste management. In order for the Illinois Swine Industry to remain viable and competitive, techniques aimed at controlling swine odors and waste disposal need to be identified and put into practice. Thus, this display will describe the most up-to-date methods being studied on this topic.

Ken W. Koelkebeck, Associate Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
(217) 244-0195; kkoelkeb@illinois.edu

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