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Feedmill companies may be eligible for R&D tax credits for performing qualified research activities. For example, the following activities may be eligible for R&D tax credits:

  • Performing technical research on new and/or improved mill processes to mitigate cross contamination of ruminant by-products into cattle feed

  • Performing technical research on new and/or improved manufacturing protocols (e.g. reduce rework of feed expenditures)

  • Designing new and/or improved formulation controls (product consistency and formulate enhances, etc.)

  • Designing new and/or improved pre-processing and final feed manufacturing line protocols

  • Designing new and/or improved pellet products, including formulation, particle size, conditioning, or die specifications

  • Designing new and/or improved fat storage and handling processing protocol

  • Developing new and and/or improved lean manufacturing processes (e.g. ISO-compliance)

  • Developing new and/or improved premix and medicated feed pursuant to governing regulations

  • Developing new and/or improved facility sanitation processes (removal of sand, dust, or weeds)

  • Developing new and/or improved production processes to reduce regulated emissions or waste byproducts

  • Developing new and/or improved feed absorption methodologies 

  • Integrating new and/or improved mixers equipment

  • Integrating new and/or improved feed processes (e.g. screen or disc mill to remove targeted byproducts) 

  • Integrating new and/or improved wastewater treatment systems

  • Integrating new and/or improved operational protocols per regulatory requirements (e.g. FDA, Animal Drug Availability Act)

  • Testing new and/or improved products, processes, machinery to enhance operational efficiency (e.g. increased bulk and nutrient density, reduced ingredient segregation, mitigate microbiological issues)

  • Testing new and/or improved post grinding systems

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