AFIA's 4 Promises Now More Promising
3/11/2015
Joel G. Newman, president and CEO
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
by: Joel G. Newman, president and CEO

Section: Spring 2015




Nearly 10 years ago, the American Feed Industry Association conducted a major overhaul of the services offered to members. During that time, the AFIA Board of Directors endorsed the “4 Promises to Members.” As times have changed, the Board, through the membership initiative, directed the staff to review what the member’s needs and wants are from the association. 
 
A member survey was recently conducted, and based on its findings, as well as input from several committees and the Board of Directors, AFIA has updated the “4 Promises to Members.” Just as before, our focus is legislative and regulatory representation for the total feed industry as well as providing services that are valued and used by our members. 
 
As an AFIA member, you have a VOICE as part of the total feed industry; AFIA will provide expert legislative and regulatory leadership and REPRESENTATION; access to confidential, individual staff EXPERTISE; and ENGAGEMENT opportunities for specialized training, professional education and networking. 
 
VOICE
 
YOU WILL HAVE A VOICE AS PART OF THE TOTAL FEED INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION 
 
As an AFIA member, you will join representatives from all the major feed industry groups gathered around the AFIA table, which ensures that:
  • AFIA provides one powerful, united voice representing every segment of the feed industry
  • All members have a voice in consistent, member-driven policy and issue position development
  • All members with a vested interest in the big picture solutions for our industry can gain consensus on critical issues within a single forum
  • AFIA will execute communication strategies for their members that convey consistent, positive messages to the media whether in times of prosperity or crisis
  • AFIA will be actively engaged in coalitions that promote food safety, positively shape consumer perceptions and influence a sustainable future
  • AFIA will maintain an active presence in international policy and forums to ensure long term competitive balance
 
REPRESENTATION
 
WE WILL PROVIDE EXPERT LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY LEADERSHIP AND REPRESENTATION
 
AFIA stands ready to protect its members and drive their position on critical legislative and regulatory issues that affect their business. Your membership entitles you to benefits including:
  • Proactive and creative representation on critical state, national and global legislative and regulatory issues that could significantly impact your business operations and financial success
  • Opportunity to participate on committees, task forces and Member Interest Groups in member driven position development
  • Members-only access to critical information on legislative and regulatory issues via AFIA.org
  • An influence on import and export policies that impact the future of your business
 
EXPERTISE 
 
WE OFFER CONFIDENTIAL INDIVIDUAL STAFF EXPERTISE ON DEMAND 
 
For over 100 years, AFIA has solidified its reputation as the trusted resource for the total feed industry. Helping members interpret regulatory issues and succeed in an ever-changing industry are hallmarks to our association. We offer our members confidential, individualized technical support services including: 
  • Access to regulatory and inspection expertise and guidance
  • Interpretation of legislation and regulations to your business team to comply with industry legislation and regulations
  • Certification Programs
    • AFIA offers certification programs that go beyond federal regulations to ensure the highest quality animal feed and pet food production 
      • Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program
      • International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program with FAMI-QS
      • Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program
      • Pet Food Manufacturing Certification Program
    • Counsel and clarification on trade issues
    • Strategic public relations and crisis communications advice
    • Referral to expert technical and legal services when needed
 
ENGAGEMENT 
 
WE WILL PROVIDE ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIALIZED TRAINING, PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND NETWORKING
 
AFIA provides your company unique opportunities for education and industry networking forums.
 
These services are based on member demands and are self-supporting.
  • Training and Education Programs
    • AFIA offers training programs, webinars and conferences in conjunction with prominent universities and industry experts
      • Equipment Manufacturers Conference
      • Feed Industry Institute
      • Import-Export Seminar
      • Liquid Feed Symposium
      • Regulatory Training Short Course
  • Networking Programs
    • AFIA facilitates opportunities to engage with the best resources in the industry—your peers!
      • Executive Leadership Summit
      • International Feed Expo
      • Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference
 
Access to the AFIA Career Center on AFIA.org.
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