Section: Fall 2014
American Feed Industry Association member The F.L. Emmert Company recently made the largest public donation on record to the Institute for Feed Education & Research to advance education and research within the feed industry. The donation was valued at $125,000, which will help IFEEDER support critical research and education projects focused on meeting the challenges of sustainable feed and food production.
President's Message
The Food Safety Modernization Act has been discussed at length, and appropriately so, as it represents the largest regulatory change for the feed industry in more than 50 years and encompasses the entire industry from manufacturing (livestock, poultry and aquaculture feed, and pet food) to ingredient processing (domestic and foreign), as well as the transportation of these products. As you may have read in AFIA's members-only FSMA Updates, the membership and staff have worked diligently as Congress wrote the initial legislation and for the last year, have provided comments and input to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on achieving a practical rule. While this process is not complete, and AFIA expects to achieve more practical changes in the final rule, AFIA is now focused on the second phase and fulfilling our organization's fourth promise to our members--providing education and training on how to most practically comply with the new regulations, in your operations.
Nutrition Awards
The American Feed Industry Association in partnership with the Poultry Science Association recognized Joseph Moritz, Ph.D., a faculty member at West Virginia University's Department of Animal and Nutritional Science, on July 17, for his contributions to poultry nutrition. The Poultry Nutrition Research Award was presented to Moritz by Dr. Janet Remus of DuPont, during the annual PSA meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Olsson Receives Distinguished Service Award
The American Feed Industry Association honored Philip Olsson with its 2014 Distinguished Service Award for his life-long contributions to the feed industry and to AFIA. He was honored May 13, at the Board of Directors Meeting in Arlington, Va.
Building on Momentum; Safeguarding the Future
I'm proud of this organization! Your industry organization, the American Feed Industry Association, led by President Joel G. Newman and recent chairman, Jeff Cannon (Diamond V), works hard to serve its membership companies like yours and mine. As the voice for the total feed industry, AFIA is making tremendous inroads, building on past members’ efforts and navigating the maze of the future.
AFIA's Feed Industry Institute Garners Record-Setting Attendance
The American Feed Industry Association's longest standing event, Feed Industry Institute, attracted a record-setting 170 attendees June 16-19, in Minneapolis, Minn., up from 150 attendees in 2012.
SQFI: A Pioneer in Agricultural Food Safety Compliance
Consumers don't buy food they don't trust. The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) has partnered with American Feed Industry Association to establish comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to maximize food and feed safety. Setting a standard of excellence in the food safety compliance industry, we are proud to be pioneers in issuing compliance standards for the agricultural feeding industry. Excelling at every aspect of feed production is "Our Responsibility, Our Promise" to regulators, customers and American consumers.
AFIA Hires New Employees; Makes Internal Staff Changes
The American Feed Industry Association welcomed Allison Crompton as its new graphic design and website specialist and Cassandra Kusmisz as its communication specialist this March and July, respectively. Shakera Daley, who previously served as a contract employee for AFIA, was also hired into a full-time role within the organization in the spring. The organization also made multiple internal staff changes, promoting Gina Tumbarello, Paul Keppy and Katharine Gausmann.
AFIA Summer Intern Gains Real World Feed Experience
While pursuing my degrees in animal science and agribusiness at Purdue University I wanted to explore what my post-graduate options could hold. I applied for internships that would benefit my developing professional skillsets and agriculture background, and thankfully became the American Feed Industry Association 2014 summer intern.
AFIA's Wilkinson Selected as TALL Participant
Leah Wilkinson, American Feed Industry Association director of ingredients, pet food and state affairs, was selected to participate in the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program led by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Twenty-eight people representing 26 different communities across Texas have been chosen for the program. During the course of two years, the participants will undergo an intensive study of agriculture worldwide focusing on ecology, economics, education opportunities, government, policy and social issues. The areas will be explored through seminars, meetings with leaders of government and business, on-site tours of agricultural-related businesses and international study. Participants including Wilkinson will gain a broad perspective on agriculture by visiting all regions of the state, as well as Washington D.C., Maryland, New York, California and Israel.
Safe Feed/Safe Food
My, how time flies when you're having fun! It is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program began. Congratulations to all of the facilities that have supported the SF/SF program and maintained certification over the years. The American Feed Industry Association established SF/SF in 2004 with a mission to create and promote generally accepted food safety guidelines for the feed industry designed to ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply for the growth and care of animals. During the past 10 years, the SF/SF program has experienced several improvements to meet the expanding needs of our members.
Mark Your Calendars for AFIA's 2014 Import/Export Seminar
The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to invite you to participate in our third Import/Export Seminar, which will be held Dec. 9-10, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va.
Expo Review 2015
The International Feed Expo is one of the many resources the American Feed Industry Association offers its members. The show presents a single location for feed industry professionals to meet, network, learn and see the latest in new technology. IFE offers an unprecedented opportunity to access a dynamic audience of purchasers, key decision makers and international customers from all segments of the industry.
AFIA Hosts Record-Setting Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference
The American Feed Industry Association hosted a record-setting Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., March 11-13. There were more than 625 industry representatives in attendance, up from last year’s 535 conference participants.
FSMA Work Groups Named Members of the Year
For the first time in American Feed Industry Association history, the organization named participants of its seven Food Safety Modernization Act work groups as the 2014 Members of the Year. In total, 83 members from 60 member companies were honored during a ceremony at the AFIA’s Board of Directors meeting in Arlington, Va.
Codex Alimentarius Commission Meeting Update
The 37th Session of the United Nations food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, in mid-July to examine food safety and quality standards. The Codex Alimentarius is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is comprised of 187 international government members establishing standards for food safety and fair trade practices globally. The American Feed Industry Association participates in the Codex process as an advisor to the U.S. delegation and as a member of a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO), the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), specifically advises on standards and issues, which are important to the feed industry. AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman serves as chair of the Policy Committee of IFIF.
International Trade
When we hear about the future of global agriculture, we are reminded of projections from the United Nations for the world population to exceed 9 billion by the year 2050 and from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that global agricultural production in 2050 will need to be 60 percent higher than in 2006 in order to meet the demand.
Regulatory - FSMA Update
In the last six months, the American Feed Industry Association has submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on five major proposed regulations and notices that affect the animal food industry. The work is ongoing, and the AFIA website has the latest updates, as does
Legislative & Regulatory Leadership Actions
A synopsis of significant actions taken by AFIA on behalf of member companies in the legislative and regulatory arenas. For additional information on any of these items, please contact AFIA staff.
Legislative Outlook
As this is written in mid-July, election pundits are confident the House will retain a republican majority, but Senate majority control is a tossup. With one-third of the Senate up for re-election--and more democrats than republicans defending seats--the GOP has a procedural advantage and needs six seats to take control. However, the time between now and the election is an eternity in the political world.
State Legislative and Regulatory Activities
This year has been light in regards to state legislative and regulatory issues for the feed industry compared to recent years. Several states are in the planning process to update their feed laws during the 2015 legislative session, keeping the American Feed Industry Association and the industry busy to minimize the government's impact on business while appropriately protecting the consumers in the state.
OSHA Update
On March 26, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration promulgated a final rule that modified OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (77 Federal Register 17574). OSHA described the modifications to HCS as including “revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards; revised labeling provisions that include requirements for use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements and precautionary statements; a specified format for safety data sheets; and related revisions to definitions of terms used in the standard, and requirements for employee training on labels and safety data sheets.” The final rule became effective on May 25, 2012.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials held its 2014 Annual Meeting in late July in Sacramento, Calif. More than 300 people endured the 100-plus degree temperatures to attend the important meeting of feed control officials, regulated industry and other stakeholders.
Staff Q&A
Keith Epperson, the American Feed Industry Association’s vice president of manufacturing and training, has announced his retirement. After nearly 40 years in the feed industry, nine of which spent serving AFIA members, Epperson said it’s the people that he will miss the most.
The Production Compliance, Equipment Manufacturer and Integrator committees that started working to update the Energy Management Program completed their work earlier this year. The guide has six chapters that include government and state regulations, organizing and developing an energy management program, feed industry audits, calculating energy cost and methods for conserving energy.
NEMA Committee Develops Presentations to Promote Careers in Ag
Have you ever been asked to give a presentation about careers in agriculture to high school students or at FFA or 4-H meetings, but you declined the invitation because you didn’t have time to organize a presentation?
Integrator Committee
The American Feed Industry Association Integrator Committee is among the youngest of the extensive list of AFIA committees.
Career Center
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Pet Food Conference Preview 2015
The American Feed Industry Association will host its annual Pet Food Conference at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Ga. Comprised of three integrated tradeshows—the International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo—the global annual poultry, feed and meat industry trade show will take place January 27-29, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Member News
The Methionine Reference Book, recently published by Adisseo, is a guide intended for nutritionists, purchasers, formulators and technical managers in the premix and feed industries to enhance their knowledge of methionine and its use. The technical reference book provides a detailed description of the three forms of methionine with their characteristics and properties. Also presented are the general chemical processes, metabolism and utilization of each form in detail, and precise data on hydrolysis, absorption and intestinal transport.