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Adam Fahrenholz

Associate Professor — Feed Milling

Distance Education Coordinator

Scott Hall 234C


Dr. Adam Fahrenholz earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University. He teaches courses related to feed manufacturing technology, quality assurance, and facility and process operations and leadership. He coordinates the Feed Milling Program, including an undergraduate minor and undergraduate and graduate certificates, and oversees the operation of the Feed Mill Education Unit. Dr. Fahrenholz maintains a small applied research presence, while his Extension program focuses on industry education, regulatory compliance, and ways to address continuous quality improvement in animal food manufacturing facilities.

Feed Milling Program

The feed manufacturing program focuses on the areas of feed processing technology as it relates to improved manufacturing efficiency and finished product quality, the impact of feed processing on animal performance, and the regulatory environment impacting the feed manufacturing and related industries.  Dr. Fahrenholz interacts with the feed industry through cooperative extension and as a consultant, helping to troubleshoot issues associated with manufacturing and quality control.  Dr. Fahrenholz served as a Post Doctoral Research Scholar at NC State prior to joining the Faculty in October, 2013.  His current responsibilities include teaching, providing industry outreach, and conducting feed manufacturing research.


B.S. Feed Science & Management Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2005

M.S. Grain Science Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2008

Ph.D. Grain Science Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2012

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Fahrenholz coordinates the feed milling program and oversees academic, Extension and applied research efforts to support NC State students, faculty, and stakeholders. Applied research interests include manufacturing efficiency and impact on finished feed quality, and data-driven decision making.

Teaching interests include

  • animal food manufacturing,
  • Quality Assurance and
  • facility operations and leadership.

Extension services include

  • doing state, national and international outreach on production quality, efficiency and safety,
  • collaborating on animal food safety and other regulatory initiatives,
  • supporting industry R&D efforts through testing and service,

Service to the department includes


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