Why serve on an AFIA committee?
“I’ve met a lot of interesting people and networked a lot and also gained a better understanding of the issues that are facing the industry and what we’re doing to address them.”
– Eric Arnold, Bill Barr & Company, Inc.
The American Feed Industry Association has 14 committees that are focused on supporting the AFIA’s core legislative and regulatory objectives and/or member services. The committees oversee the AFIA’s ongoing activities, interests and programs in very specific disciplines and reflect all segments of the total feed industry. Typically members are nominated for election each May, at the beginning of the AFIA’s fiscal year, to serve three-year terms.
Read the committee descriptions below, and members may also click the links to see the committees’ latest annual reports. If you are interested in joining a committee, contact the AFIA staff person responsible for the committee.
- Aquaculture Committee: Informs members on opportunities within the aquaculture industry; assists in solving industry-related problems; educates membership on needed products, technologies and services. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Leah Wilkinson
- Equine Committee: Provides a forum for AFIA members to represent the regulatory, legislative and trade interests of the equine feed and ingredient industry; educates members on the changing regulatory environment related to equine feeds and ingredients; addresses and communicates key issues and concerns with stakeholders; and impacts policies relating to equine feeds and ingredients. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Louise Calderwood
- Equipment Manufacturers Committee: Represents the interests of equipment manufacturer members through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory compliance; sponsors the national safety sign program and the continuing development of new safety signs and placement guidelines; and conducts an annual conference. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Gary Huddleston
- Feed Regulatory Committee: Monitors the federal and state regulatory agencies; meets with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Association of American Feed Control Officials to represent the interests of the feed industry on manufacturing practices, labeling requirements, and the uniform feed law; maintains a Good Manufacturing Practices subcommittee; and liaisons with all segments of the feed industry. Current Plan of Work. Staff contacts: Leah Wilkinson and Louise Calderwood
- Ingredient Approval and Definition Committee: Provides a forum for AFIA members to represent the regulatory and legislative interests regarding the feed ingredient approval/recognition process to government officials; educates members on the changing regulatory environment related to feed ingredient approval/recognition; communicates key issues and concerns with stakeholders; and impacts the approval/recognition and definition process of feed ingredients. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Leah Wilkinson
- International Trade Committee: Coordinates and directs members’ international trade interests into a unified strategy; to cooperate with organizations having similar objectives and which directly or indirectly represent or are associated with those engaged in the production, use or distribution of feed, feed ingredients, pet food, or related interests; and to cooperate with departments or agencies of federal and foreign governments charged with responsibilities relating to the import or export of feed, feed ingredients and pet food, or having a direct or indirect interest therein. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Gina Tumbarello
- Liquid Feed Committee: Represents the interests of liquid feed manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors; responsible for the annual Liquid Feed Symposium; works with the AFIA staff to provide regulatory representation for the liquid feed industry; and maintains subcommittees for research and education, finance and sponsorship, and membership. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Paul Davis
- Marketing Committee: Provides counsel and assists in marketing the value of the AFIA; develops strategic marketing recommendations and supports the organization’s third-party certification programs; offers information on identifying broad-based industry issues; and promotes the use of market information to the industry. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Victoria Broehm
- Nutrition Committee: Offers a medium that feed and pet food industry people responsible for information, research, quality control, technological services and regulatory compliance can explore new technologies and issues affecting animal nutrition. Also sponsors the biennial Feed Industry Institute. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Paul Davis
- Pet Food Committee: Offers a venue for regulatory and legislative updates on specific pet food issues; develops educational programs specific to the pet food industry; sends regulatory and legislative updates on specific issues; and develops educational programs specific to the pet food industry. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Louise Calderwood
- Production Compliance Committee: Represents the production and manufacturing facility segments of the industry as well as the industry’s interests before OSHA as it writes regulations affecting the feed industry; conducts production schools; and provides compliance leadership for members. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Gary Huddleston
- Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Committee: Oversees feed ingredient activities; sponsors the Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference; and provides representation to the Soybean Trading Rules Committee of the National Oilseed Processors Association if needed. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Veronica Rovelli
- Quality and Animal Food Safety Committee: Examines and develops model quality programs for the production of animal feed and feed ingredients; develops an AFIA Quality Management Guideline, based on ISO principles recognized around the world (the guidelines are being established for use in developing quality programs for manufacturing operations, including on-farm feed production); and conducts workshops. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Paul Davis
- Sustainability Oversight Committee: Oversees the industry’s sustainability work in four key areas: optimizing the use of energy and natural resources, promoting an understanding and appreciation of U.S. food production, promoting production efficiency and productivity, and supporting the community. Current Plan of Work. Staff contact: Sarah Novak