State Legislative and Regulatory Activites
3/11/2015
Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
by: Richard Sellers, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs

Section: Spring 2015




AFIA is expecting bills to amend the current feed law in the following states: Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin.


Every state has a feed law and regulates animal food except the state of Alaska. The American Feed Industry Association was founded on the basis of seeking uniformity of state feed laws and regulations in order to allow for interstate commerce. AFIA staff continues to work on this endeavor, even after 106 years. 
 
Twice a year, the Feed Regulatory Committee “surveys” the state feed control officials for “plans” or knowledge of intent to modify the state’s commercial feed law or regulations. This year is looking to be an active year for proposals to change commercial feed laws as every state (including the four states that only meet in the biennium, every other year) legislature will be in session. 
 
Based upon the survey and personal communication, AFIA is expecting bills to amend the current feed law in the following states: Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin. AFIA is working with the state feed and grain associations or directly with the local industry in most of these states. In every effort, AFIA strives to get the commercial feed law updated to the most recent version of the Model Bill, minus the new civil penalty authority, of the Association of American Feed Control Officials. 
 
There will also be instances where amendments are offered that strive to add fees/taxes on registered feed and pet food products to fund non-feed related programs such as spay/neuter programs or wild bird conservation. 
 
AFIA staff now divide the U.S. into three areas with Richard Sellers, (703) 588-3569 or rsellers@afia.org, dealing with the southeastern part of the U.S., Paul Keppy, (703) 650-0144 or pkeppy@afia.org, handling part of the Midwest and the northeast and Leah Wilkinson, (703) 558-3560 or lwilkinson@afia.org, handling the western portion of the country. Please contact the appropriate staff if you hear of bills/rules being proposed or to get involved in states where changes are being considered.
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