AFIA Announces Organization Change for Legislative and Regulatory Department in 2019The American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) President and CEO Joel G. Newman announced late yesterday to AFIA staff and the association’s Board of Directors that Leah Wilkinson, AFIA’s current vice president of legislative, regulatory and state affairs, will lead AFIA’s Legislative and Regulatory department starting in 2019. Wilkinson will assume the role currently held by Richard Sellers, AFIA’s senior vice president of public policy and education, following his retirement from the association at the end of 2018. Effective immediately her title is vice president of public policy and education.
Register Now for the 2018 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers ConferenceRegistration is now open for the upcoming Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC), to be held March 12-15, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by the American Feed Industry Association, the one-of-a-kind event attracts more than 600 feed ingredient buyers and sellers each year and is truly “where business gets done!”
IFEEDER Focuses 2016-17 Research, Education Priorities on Improving Public, Policymaker Support of Feed Industry Issues
Raamezah Ahmad Joins AFIA's Communications TeamThe American Feed Industry Association is pleased to welcome Raamezah Ahmad as its new graphic and web design coordinator. Ahmad joined AFIA Nov. 6.
AFIA's EMC Learns to Move with Purpose, Raises Funds for ScholarshipThe American Feed Industry Association’s annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference (EMC) brought 41 attendees to Orlando, Florida, last week. The event, hosted by the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee, focused on assessing risk management in the equipment manufacturing industry, while providing opportunities to network and raise money for the EMC scholarship fund.
AFIA Issues Statement on Long-Awaited FDA Guidance
New Research Project Evaluates Salmonella Risk in Animal Feed ProductionThe Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) along with several partners—including the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), National Pork Board, National Renderers Association, Poultry Protein and Fat Council, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, and U.S. Soybean Board—has launched a new research project with the University of Arkansas to analyze whether animal feed contains any of the serotypes from the bacteria Salmonella that could pose a health threat to livestock. The yearlong project is aimed at helping the animal feed industry better understand if the bacteria is prevalent at their manufacturing facilities so that it can make more informed decisions on what additional safety measures, if any, should be taken to promote feed safety and protect animal health.
AFIA 'Runs for the Roses' at Liquid Feed SymposiumThe American Feed Industry Association has wrapped up the country’s largest gathering of liquid supplement leaders, hearing from experts on the latest news, research and innovation happening in the field and recognizing outstanding individuals. The 47th annual Liquid Feed Symposium, held in Louisville, Kentucky, highlighted the pivotal role that liquid feed has in fueling America’s livestock industry with its theme, “Run for the Roses.”
Joe Saini Inducted Into Liquid Feed Hall of FameThe American Feed Industry Association is pleased to announce Joe Saini as its 2017 Liquid Feed Hall of Fame inductee. The AFIA Liquid Feed Committee presented the award–the highest award offered within the liquid feed industry—to Saini today during a luncheon at AFIA’s Liquid Feed Symposium, being held this week in Louisville, Kentucky.
Latest Safe Feed/Safe Food Guidance Document Helps Feed Manufacturers Comply with FSMAThe American Feed Industry Association’s third-party certification program, FSC36 Safe Feed/Safe Food, has released a new guidance document that helps pet and animal food manufacturers better understand what is required of them through the Food Safety Modernization Act. The updated guidance document—version 7.0—now includes a section on current good manufacturing practices (CGMP) and FSMA record-keeping requirements, as well as instructions on how to develop a site-specific food safety plan and hazard analysis.
Paul Davis Joins AFIA's Legislative and Regulatory TeamThe American Feed Industry Association is excited to welcome Paul Davis, Ph.D., as its new director of quality, animal food safety and education. Davis joined AFIA on July 31.
AFIA Praises FDA For Pushing FSMA Compliance Inspections to Fall 2018
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) commends the Food and Drug Administration for announcing today that it has effectively delayed inspections for animal food facilities to be in compliance with some parts of the animal food rule within the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) until fall 2018. Dr. Steve Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, told an audience of roughly 400 industry officials participating in the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AAFCO) annual meeting, being held in Bellevue, Washington, of the change this morning and the agency later followed up by posting this clarification on its website.
Register Now for AFIA's Equipment Manufacturers ConferenceRegistration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association’s Equipment Manufacturers Conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 2-4. Hosted by the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee, this year’s conference will bring together equipment designers, builders and installers from across the United States who will focus on assessing risk management in the feed industry.
AFIA Relocating to New Office SpaceTo accommodate a growing staff and better serve its members, the American Feed Industry Association will be relocating to a new office space in the same building later this month. Effective Aug. 21, AFIA’s new address will be: 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 810, Arlington, VA, 22201. AFIA will close its offices temporarily on Aug. 18, with phone lines and email down, during the move. AFIA has been in its current office space for 10 years.
Rodehutscord Receives Poultry Nutrition Research AwardMarkus Rodehutscord, Ph.D., a professor of animal nutrition at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, was presented with the Poultry Nutrition Research Award at the Poultry Science Association’s Annual Meeting July 20 in Orlando, Florida.
AFIA Thanks its Outgoing Committee Members
The American Feed Industry Association depends heavily on the dedication and involvement of hundreds of members who volunteer annually to serve on committees that further the success of the association’s mission, objectives and programs. AFIA thanks these volunteer members and the companies they represent for their service, as many long-term projects have been tackled because of their extra efforts.
AFIA Welcomes New Director of CommunicationsThe American Feed Industry Association is excited to welcome Victoria Broehm as its new director of communications. She will lead the association’s media relations and strategic communications efforts and serve as editor of the AFIA Journal and other member and media communications.
AFIA Honors Animal Nutrition Experts with Annual AwardsThe American Feed Industry Association honored three individuals in the animal science field at the American Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, July 9.
AFIA Welcomes New Manager of Meetings and EventsThe American Feed Industry Association welcomes Constance Samuels as its new manager of meetings and events. She will work with Veronica Rovelli, AFIA senior director of meetings and events, in planning and executing events, partner educational programs, committee meetings, Board meetings and webcasts.
Hanigan Receives Dairy Nutrition Research AwardThe American Feed Industry Association and the American Dairy Science Association recognized Mark Hanigan, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Dairy Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, for his achievements in dairy nutrition Monday, June 26, at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
AFIA Promotes Rovelli to Senior Director
AFIA Provides Input on NAFTA ModernizationThe American Feed Industry Association appreciates the opportunity to provide input to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives on the U.S. animal food industry’s objectives for the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Feed Trade Agreement.
Nielsen Receives Equine Nutrition Research AwardThe Equine Science Society (ESS) recognized Brian D. Nielsen, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University, for his professional achievements in the equine industry Friday, June 2, at the 2017 ESS Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
AFIA, Feedstuffs Accepting Applications for Feed Facility of the YearThe American Feed Industry Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 Feed Facility of the Year benchmarking program. The program, sponsored by AFIA and Feedstuffs, is designed to be a world-class benchmarking program for the animal food industry. It recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations, emphasizing safety, quality, regulatory compliance, employee development and overall operating efficiencies.
Industry Associations Release Hazard Analysis Scientific Literature DatabaseThe American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) are making available exclusively to member companies a new hazard assessment tool to assist feed and pet food facilities in cost-effectively complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s final regulations implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act for animal food.
Run for the Roses: Registration Opens for Liquid Feed SymposiumRegistration is now open for the American Feed Industry Association’s 46th annual Liquid Feed Symposium, Sept. 12-14, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Statement Regarding Senate Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer“The American Feed Industry Association thanks the Senate for its confirmation of Robert Lighthizer, the new U.S. Trade Representative. USTR is a key player under U.S. law in the development and implementation of U.S. international trade policy and leading our country’s trade negotiations.
AFIA Board of Directors Visits Capitol Hill, Welcomes New LeadershipMembers of the American Feed Industry Association’s Board of Directors met May 9-10, in Washington, D.C., to discuss priority issues affecting the animal food industry. The Board, comprised of 50 industry representatives, took up the issues with various legislators during the association’s annual spring visit to the nation’s capital.
AFIA Names Two Member of the Year Award RecipientsThe American Feed Industry Association named Angela Mills of Southern States Cooperative and Mike Van Koevering, Ph.D., of Elanco Animal Health as its Members of the Year during a ceremony at its Board of Directors dinner May 9 in Arlington, Virginia.
Bob Brill Named Recipient of AFIA's Distinguished Service AwardThe American Feed Industry Association honored Bob Brill with its 2017 Distinguished Service Award for his life-long contributions to the feed industry at AFIA’s Board of Directors dinner held May 9 in Arlington, Virginia.
Statement Regarding Confirmation of FDA Commissioner“The American Feed Industry Association applauds Congress’ decision today to confirm Scott Gottlieb to lead the Food and Drug Administration. AFIA has patiently waited for this pivotal role to be filled, as FDA is the main agency surrounding the regulation of animal food and animal drugs used in feed.
Statement by Joel G. Newman, President and CEO, American Feed Industry Association, Regarding Perdue Confirmation as Secretary of AgricultureThe American Feed Industry Association released the following statement in response to former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s confirmation as secretary of agriculture:
Registration Open for AFIA PCQI Training CourseThe American Feed Industry Association will hold a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance “Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course” July 18-20, at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.
Statement Regarding FDA Commissioner Nomination“We are pleased to see President Trump has nominated an individual as FDA commissioner. It’s our hope the White House will move the nomination to the Senate quickly, and the Senate will expedite the confirmation process. With pending issues related to the Food Safety Modernization Act, ingredient approval process and Veterinary Feed Directive, AFIA looks forward to meeting with the commissioner to address these concerns.”
AFIA Promotes Huddleston to DirectorThe American Feed Industry Association is pleased to announce the promotion of Gary Huddleston as its director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. Huddleston previously served as the manager of feed manufacturing safety and environmental affairs. He joined AFIA in 2015.
2017 PISC Boasts Record Breaking RegistrationThe American Feed Industry Association hosted its annual Purchasing & Ingredients Suppliers Conference in Orlando, Florida, March 7-9. There were 641 registered attendees, making 2017 PISC registration the highest in history.
Statement Regarding Dept. of Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossThe American Feed Industry Association welcomes Wilbur Ross as the Department of Commerce’s secretary. AFIA intends to work closely with the DOC moving forward—U.S. trade efforts, including animal food, are expected to now fall under its diction—and will support the secretary in the promotion and enforcement of laws regarding fair trade and open markets for U.S. products.
AFIA Welcomes New Executive AssistantThe American Feed Industry Association welcomes Jenny McFarland as its new executive assistant to the President and CEO Joel G. Newman. In addition to supporting the association’s president, she handles administrative duties for AFIA’s foundation, the Institute for Feed Education & Research.
Pet Food Conference Attracts Largest Crowd YetThe American Feed Industry Association’s 10th annual Pet Food Conference was held Tuesday in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. There were 365 people in attendance.
Trouw Nutrition Takes Home 2016 Feed Facility of the Year AwardThe American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced today Trouw Nutrition USA of Neosho, Mo., as the 2016 Feed Facility of the Year (FFY) award program’s overall winner. The recognition was made during AFIA’s Feed Education Program held at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
AFIA Condemns Trump's First Trade DecisionThe American Feed Industry Association is extremely disappointed with President Donald Trump’s executive action today to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
AFIA: Industry-wide Community Service Hours on Up-and-up
Statement Regarding Sonny Perdue as Secretary of AgricultureThe American Feed Industry Association is pleased with President-elect Donald Trump’s latest, and final, cabinet selection—former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture. AFIA works with USDA on a broad slate of issues such as trade and implementation of the farm bill. We believe Gov. Perdue’s political and agriculture-related background make him a sound fit for the role.
AFIA Releases 2017 Calendar of EventsThe American Feed Industry Association is pleased to announce its 2017 calendar of events; the meetings, conferences and workshops, with varying topics and audiences, serve to educate and connect the U.S. animal food industry.
AFIA Releases FSMA Training Video to Assist in Member Compliance EffortsDue to the high volume of changes and regulatory requirements brought to the animal food industry by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the American Feed Industry Association recently released a training video on a topic it’s received multiple member questions on—the Qualified Individual.
AFIA Welcomes New Manager of Government AffairsThe American Feed Industry Association welcomes John Stewart as its manager of government affairs. This role fills a vacancy on the association’s legislation and regulatory team.
Online Feed Manufacturing Course Available Via AFIA/KSUThe American Feed Industry Association, in partnership with Kansas State University, will host a distance education program that provides an in-depth understanding of the feed manufacturing process.
AFIA Welcomes Three New Team MembersThe American Feed Industry Association is pleased to announce the addition of three new staff members: Codi Coulter, Kori Chung and Erica Burson.
Department of Commerce Awards Industry Groups $260,000 at AFIA's EMCDuring the American Feed Industry Association’s annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference, Nov. 3-5, in Tucson, Arizona, the Department of Commerce presented $260,112 to the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and AFIA, as part of the International Trade Administration’s Market Development Cooperative Program (MDCP). ASABE, AFIA and industry partners will match the award and then some, contributing $744,035 of its own funding, as each award winner pledges two-thirds of the project costs as well as making the commitment to sustain the project moving forward.
Statement Regarding TPP in the Lame Duck
Statement Regarding Trump's Promise of a Regulatory Revolution
Add These AFIA Trainings to Your Spring CalendarIn a continual effort to further engage and train the feed industry, the American Feed Industry Association adds two programs to its spring lineup. AFIA will host a hazard analysis and critical control points training April 11-12, 2017, and a course immediately following, April 13-14, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Registration Opens Early for Largest AFIA Member EventRegistration for the American Feed Industry Association's has come early this year, with early-bird rates running today through Jan. 17, 2017. PISC, coined, "Where Business Gets Done!" is located in Orlando, Florida, March 7-9, of next year.
AFIA Liquid Feed Symposium Breaks 200 in Attendance
Hillis Inducted into Liquid Feed Hall of Fame
Animal Food Industry Requests FDA Amend Part 11 Compliance for VFDs
The American Feed Industry Association and the National Grain and Feed Association today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the unnecessary regulatory burden that records required as part of the agency's revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) program be maintained in accordance with the agency's onerous Part 11, Electronic Records; Electronic Signatures requirements.
Statement Regarding Release of FDA Draft Guidance on FSMA
"The release of the draft guidance document, ‘Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements for Food for Animals,’ today by FDA is very welcomed, but very late. Historically, guidance of this type is used both by industry and FDA field staff to determine the requirements of specific rules; clearly this was not the case here."