Kansas State University's Grain Science and Industry Program to Offer Degree in Biofuels Production and Management

Date Posted: June 25, 2008

Manhattan—The department of grain science and industry at Kansas State University is addressing industry needs by introducing a degree option in biofuels production and management.

"There is a high demand for degrees in plant management or supervision in biofuels," said Fred Fairchild, a professor of grain science and industry.

"We've been made aware of the industry needs and we've adjusted our feed science and management degree to address this."

Starting this fall, students enrolled in the feed science and management program at K-State have the option to focus their majors in either feed production or biofuels production.

The classes offered for the biofuels production degree will cover all principals of processing grains, turning them into fuels and finding uses for the byproducts of the fermentation process.

When a student has completed the course work for the degree, they'll be prepared to operate and manage biofuels facilities, Fairchild said.

"Students have expressed an interest in this degree option. Currently, the need for operations and management trained personnel in the biofuels industry far exceeds the number of persons available," Fairchild said.

"Some current students in the program are already following the new option and will be graduating in May 2009."

For more information, call 785-532-6415.

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