USA, Auburn, Alabama. An 8,000-square-foot administrative and education facility scheduled for completion at Auburn University’s Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center in early 2018 will be the permanent home of the Alabama Poultry Hall of Fame, Auburn College of Agriculture and Alabama Poultry & Egg Association officials have announced.
When the administration and education building opens in early 2018, the Miller Center complex will be 50% percent complete, said Auburn Department of Poultry Science Don Conner.
Development of the Center began on the North Auburn campus in 2016, supported by a $2.5 mill. gift from Miller Jr.’s son, Charles C. “Buddy Miller III, and daughter-in-law Pinney Allen. The complex sits on 30 acres and currently encompasses the poultry and animal nutrition center and feed mill that opened on the site in 2012 along with three new units—one that houses the Auburn-based National Poultry Technology Center and two floor pen facilities that accommodate replicated broiler trials in poultry nutrition and management research.
Educational activities at the Miller Center have included workshops and seminars for industry professionals and student academic programming through the poultry science department. A hatchery, a poultry processing plant and teaching labs are among future Miller Center facilities that will be built as funding becomes available.
The Hall of Fame exhibit at the Miller Center is a partnership between the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association and Auburn’s Department of Poultry Science.