Food & Agricultural Products Research & Technology Center
The Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center was developed to stimulate the value-added processing segment of Oklahoma agriculture. The facility was designed and constructed entirely with State funding. A total of 16.2 million dollars was made available for design, construction, furnishing and partially equipping the facility. Additionally, 2.3 million dollars have been appropriated per year for the annual operating budget. The facility includes approximately 90,000 square feet of assignable space.
The Center has been designed to address the needs of all commodities processed within the state of Oklahoma. It thus represents a major expansion at Oklahoma State University relative to value-added processing of agricultural products.
The largest component of the Food Technology Center is the Pilot Plant area. Facilities specifically for animal products include a livestock holding area, an abattoir (designed for cattle, swine, sheep and goats), carcass coolers, three cutting rooms, fresh meat processing room, cured meat processing room, and packaging rooms. A thermal process pilot plant area within the Center houses a computer operated smokehouse, a drying chamber and impingement oven. Additionally, various coolers and freezers are available for storage of products. All these areas are under USDA-FSIS inspection. There also is a retail sales room to sell surplus meat products. Additionally, an area has been designed in the building to accommodate a pilot plant scale slaughter and evisceration line for poultry as well as for further processing. This area too will be under USDA-FSIS inspection.
A liquid products processing pilot plant area is included to accommodate research and teaching related to dairy products. Pilot plant scale equipment in this area includes a plate heat exchanger with necessary controls for high temperature short time pasteurization, a self contained ice cream pilot plant unit and a continuous flow ice cream freezer. Also included is a pilot plant scale spray dryer, small separator and various other items.