Published in Hawaii Pacific University News
Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Oceanic Institute (OI) has opened an innovative feed mill in Hilo to evaluate the efficacy of local feed ingredients in an effort to provide local farmers with cheaper animal feed. Located at the Panaewa Agricultural Park in Hilo on a one-acre parcel, the feed mill aims to facilitate the development of experimental feeds. Through the incorporation of local ingredients from dedicated supply chains from agriculture businesses (e.g. corn, soy, alfalfa), as well as co-products or waste streams from agriculture, fisheries and biodiesel sectors (e.g. papaya, algae), both aquaculture and land-based agriculture stand to benefit from the innovation piloted at the feed mill.
Opened with the generous donations of Ulupono Initiative and $250,000 from McInerny Foundation, as well as with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, the feed mill was designed to be a proof-of-concept operation to attract commercial mills by demonstration of viability.
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