Meetings and events are the American Feed Industry Association’s opportunity to keep members informed, meet with AFIA’s in-house experts, and, most importantly, keep members engaged in their organization. Below is a list of AFIA’s key events. For questions on any of the events, contact Sarah Novak, AFIA's vice president of membership and public relations, at (703) 558-3574.
This annual event, planned and hosted by AFIA’s Equipment Manufacturers Committee, focuses on updating the equipment sector of the feed industry on current issues and trends, providing an environment for learning from educational speakers and industry leaders, and brings the industry together to network. Conference attendees include equipment manufacturers, equipment installers, contractors and users of the equipment from the feed manufacturing sector.
It hosts an annual golf tournament to raise scholarship funds, which are distributed through the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER). All proceeds after expenses from the conference support the Equipment Manufacturers Scholarship Fund.
AFIA hosted its first Executive Leadership Summit in 2007. This biennial meeting is an invitation-only event for the purpose of developing executive-level leaders within the industry.
This educational program brings industry professionals together to learn the basics of the animal food manufacturing process, from the food used to animal health and nutrition to the federal policies that shape the output of the industry. It has been offered biennially since AFIA merged with the National Feed Ingredients Association in 1992.
AFIA collaborates with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the North American Meat Institute to host the largest annual trade show of its kind, highlighting poultry production, animal food manufacturing and meat and poultry processing. Each association has its own trade show within the expo, with AFIA’s being the International Feed Expo (IFE). IFE is AFIA’s longest-running feed industry event.
Planned and hosted by AFIA's Liquid Feed Committee, this is the only event nationwide that focuses on the liquid feed industry, from current issues to growth to education and development. The event has been running for more than 45 years and is designed to educate and promote all segments of the liquid feed industry, including manufacturers, nutritionists, equipment manufacturers, sales and marketing, and additional industry support companies. Typically, the symposium also inducts someone into the Liquid Feed Hall of Fame and administers the Kenny Berg Research and Education fund, which is housed within IFEEDER. Members can also see the liquid feed handbook and past LFS proceedings on the member website.
Planned by AFIA’s Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Committee, this conference is AFIA’s largest individually hosted event, boasting over 700 attendees in 2018. It’s slogan, “Where Business Gets Done,” refers to PISC’s main goal: the networking of buyers and sellers within the feed industry. It also offers a robust line-up of speakers and a suppliers’ showcase.
The AFIA formed a partnership with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) to share educational programming at a discounted rate to members of both organizations. AFIA members can view the GEAPS course schedule at geaps.com/education and contact GEAPS’ events staff for help with registration. Please note that the agreement pertains to the online training programs only, not the professional business training.