AFIA Hires Turlington and McDaniel; Promotes Sellers
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Section: Spring 2014

The American Feed Industry Association welcomes W. Henry Turlington, Ph. D., as its new director of quality and manufacturing regulatory affairs (and newly created role within the organization) and Miranda McDaniel at its manager of communications. 

Turlington’s duties are heavily involved in the Food Safety Modernization Act feed rule comment development process as part of AFIA’s legislative and regulatory team and in conjunction with member working groups. He also focuses on the overall quality and technical leadership for AFIA’s third-party certification programs alongside Keith Epperson. 

Turlington previously held quality and food safety positions with The Nutro Company and Provimi North America. Turlington also has a longstanding relationship with AFIA, serving as chairman of the Quality Council in 2004 and 2005. 

He holds a doctorate from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from University of Kentucky in animal nutrition. Turlington obtained his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in animal sciences.

You can contact Henry Turlington, Ph.D., director, quality & manufacturing regulatory affirs, at or (703)650-0146.

McDaniel serves as the editor of the organization’s “Journal” and “FeedGram” publications, in addition to writing news releases, working as a liaison to the media and leading AFIA’s social media efforts. She is also involved with the organization’s Marketing and Sustainability Oversight committees. 

McDaniel has an extensive background in communications, joining AFIA from the American Farm Bureau Federation, where she worked in public relations for three years. Prior to working in the agriculture industry, she was a Communications Manager in the healthcare industry. 

McDaniel is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She is currently working toward achieving a certificate in social media.

You can contact Miranda McDaniel, communication manager, at or (703)558-3579.
 Richard Sellers has been promoted to senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. The announcement was made at the association’s October Board Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Sellers previously served as AFIA’s vice president of feed regulation and nutrition. 

Sellers has served AFIA for 22 years providing leadership on legislative and regulatory issues as well as serving as the organization’s corporate secretary. He leads AFIA’s feed legislative and regulatory activities with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Association of American Feed Control Officials and state feed agencies. He also serves as the staff coordinator for the Feed Regulatory Committee, Aquaculture Committee and as a technical advisor to the Nutrition Committee. 

Sellers holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in animal sciences. Previously Sellers served as a feed control official for the state of Texas. He is also a registered professional animal scientist with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

You can contact Richard Sellers, PAS, senior vice president legislative and regulatory affairs, at or (703)558-3569.
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