2020 Equipment Manufacturers


Nov. 5, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual Event 


We are still collecting speaker bios and will update as they become available. 

Scott Anderson



Scott Anderson is the general sales manager for CPM - California Pellet Mill. 

Constance Cullman


Constance Cullman is the American Feed Industry Association’s president and CEO. She also serves as the president of AFIA’s public charity the Institute for Feed Education and Research and represents AFIA on international issues, including serving on the International Feed Industry Federation’s board of directors and executive committee, as well as the Global Feed LCA Institute’s board of directors. Cullman has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis on international trade and agricultural policy from The Ohio State University. She hails from Marysville, Ohio, where her family owned and operated a cow/calf farm.

Chad Hart



Chad Hart was born and raised in southwest Missouri and his parents raised a few cattle and operated a small meat locker.   Chad received a B.S. in economics with minors in mathematics, history, and astronomy from Southwest Missouri State University in 1991.  He moved to Iowa in the summer of 1991 to pursue graduate education, and received a Ph.D. in economics and statistics in 1999 from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, Chad joined the staff for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State.  He served as the U.S. Policy and Insurance Analyst with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and a Scientist with CARD.  Chad joined the economics faculty at ISU in 2008.  Chad’s research has examined the interaction between the agricultural commitments within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the agricultural policies and programs of WTO members, crop insurance, international trade, biofuel policy, federal agricultural policy, and crop marketing. Chad is also a partner in Farm Risk, an Iowa firm that develops revenue insurance products and receives revenue based on policies sold by crop insurance companies.

Gary Huddleston 


Gary Huddleston is the American Feed Industry Association’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. He joined the association in May 2015 and has more than 30 years of experience in feed manufacturing. Huddleston manages AFIA’s efforts surrounding regulatory issues involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. He assists in the development and coordination of AFIA’s education and training programs related to feed manufacturing. Huddleston is the staff contact for AFIA’s Equipment Manufacturers and Production Compliance Committees. Prior to joining AFIA, Huddleston was employed by Southern States Cooperative, Inc., since 1984, where he performed numerous feed manufacturing roles. Huddleston holds a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and economics from Tennessee Technological University.

Mike Schuster


Mike has been with Laidig Systems since 1979. Initially hired out of high school as summer help, he continued to work at Laidig as he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University at South Bend in Business Administration and Management. After working for 8 years in manufacturing, engineering and accounting, he became the Midwest Sales Manager in 1988 and then Vice President of Sales in 2008. His Laidig background coupled with years of industry experience helps provide our customers with practical solutions to their material handling applications. He is proud to be a part of the family atmosphere at Laidig where the concepts of quality, integrity, and work ethic are valued. Mike and his wife Kathy have three boys, Dan, Randy and Joe.  Randy and Joe are also proud members of the Laidig sales team.  He has two grandchildren, Hannah and Henry.


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Contact Us


Veronica Rovelli     (703) 558-3563     vrovelli@afia.org

Contact Veronica, senior director of meeting and events, for any questions regarding registrations, travel, hotel accomodations and event expectations.

Gary Huddleston   (703) 666-8854     ghuddleston@afia.org

Contact Gary, director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs, for any questions regarding conference agenda, committee questions and event expectations.