The American Feed Industry Association, 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 commercial and integrated feed manufacturers, to ingredient suppliers, pet food manufacturers and equipment manufacturers. The AFIA is also the recognized leader on international industry developments and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation.
Members include nearly 700 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member companies are livestock, feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies that supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
The feed industry makes a major contribution to food and feed safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs. More than 75 percent of the commercial feed in the U.S. is manufactured by the AFIA members. Approximately 70 percent of the non-whole-grain ingredients, including soybean meal, distillers’ coproducts, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, yeast products and other miscellaneous/specialty ingredients are also manufactured by the AFIA members.