The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal food industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909 as the American Feed Manufacturers Association, the name changed to the American Feed Industry Association in 1985 to recognize the importance of all types of companies involved in the feed manufacturing industry—from manufacturers of commercial and integrated feed and pet food to ingredient suppliers to equipment manufacturers. AFIA is also recognized as the leader on international industry developments, representing the industry at global forums, including within the International Feed Industry Federation.
AFIA’s members include over 650 domestic and international companies, such as livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and supply companies that provide other products or services to feed manufacturers. Several state, national and regional associations are also AFIA members.
The feed industry plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and supports policies that uphold U.S. food and feed safety, ensure the proper nutrition of animals and protect the environment. More than 75% of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members. AFIA’s members also manufacture approximately 70% of the country’s non-whole grain ingredients, including soybean meal, distillers co-products, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, yeast products and other miscellaneous and specialty ingredients.