The Feed Mill of the Year award runner-up is Kent Nutrition Group located in Hagerstown, Md.
Sarah Novak, vice president of membership and public relations
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
by: Sarah Novak, vice president of membership and public relations

Section: Spring 2015

Kent has been in business for more than 85 years and manufactures commercial livestock feed through its Kent brand and country lifestyle and companion animal feed through its Blue Seal brand. 
“This is a great achievement and much appreciation goes out to our hard working staff members that have made this opportunity possible,” said Jeremy Ruckman, plant manager of Kent’s Hagerstown operation.
To ensure food and feed safety, Kent, Hagerstown, is certified in AFIA’s FSC36 Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program.
“We take great pride in the work that we do and will continue to provide satisfactory products that meet our client’s needs,” said Ruckman.
“Southern States Cooperative (Park City) and Kent Nutrition Group (Hagerstown) were two of many deserving applicants who applied for the Feed Mill of the Year award,” said Keith Epperson, AFIA vice president of manufacturing and training. “Applicants were evaluated based on feed safety, overall awareness of food safety, quality, regulatory compliance and operating efficiencies. Both Southern States and Kent have exceeded in providing safe and judicious products.”
“Please join us in offering them a round of applause for their continuous hard work,” added Epperson.
Selection of the top plant starts with an online application process and concludes with personal visits to the top sites by an inspection team from AFIA and Feedstuffs. Final selection is based on the combined score of the application and personal visit.
Additional details on the 2014 Feed Mill of the Year and the runner-up are available in the Dec. 29, issue of Feedstuffs. Visit to learn more or contact Sarah Novak, AFIA vice president of membership and public relations. Additional photos are available upon request from
The 2015 Feed Mill of the Year program will be open for applications in the spring.
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