membership

Member Interest Groups

Why participate in an AFIA committee or member interest group?

“It is by far the best way to get the most good out of your membership. It lets you find an area that really matters to you, that’s impactful to what you do and what your interests are, and to contribute in a much more meaningful way.”

– Cathy Bandyk, Westway Feed Products

The American Feed Industry Association has 20 member interest groups that represent specific areas of interest and expertise across the AFIA membership. They are designed to provide members with an opportunity to share information with their colleagues throughout the industry and provide input and data that assists AFIA staff in developing issue positions, comments to government requests or other member services.

MIGs do not require regular meetings or appointments and anyone can join. Read the MIG descriptions below and email the staff contact if you would like to join or click here for instructions on how to join online. 

  • Alfalfa: Promotes the usage of processed alfalfa products and other forage crops; disseminates commercial and economic information; supports alfalfa research and updates members. Staff contact: Leah Wilkinson
  • Aquaculture: Informs members of opportunities within the aquaculture industry; assists in solving industry-related problems; and educates the membership on needed products, technologies and services. Staff contact: John Stewart
  • Communications: Operates as a forum for communications professionals (or those interested in communications), which lends AFIA staff feedback on public relations and communications-oriented projects that impact the overall membership; discusses new communications and social media tools applicable to the industry; and provides updates on the organization’s latest news. Staff contact: Victoria Broehm
  • Equine: Provides a forum for AFIA members to represent the regulatory, legislative and trade interests regarding the equine feed and ingredient industry and to educate members regarding the changing regulatory environment related to equine feeds and ingredients. Staff contact: Louise Calderwood
  • Equipment Manufacturers: Represents the interests of AFIA’s equipment manufacturer members. Activities include Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency regulatory compliance. Staff contact: Gary Huddleston
  • Feed Regulatory: Monitors the federal and state regulatory agencies. Meets with the Food and Drug Administration and Association of American Feed Control Officials to represent the interests of the feed industry on manufacturing practices, labeling requirements and the uniform feed law. Staff contacts: Leah Wilkinson, Louise Calderwood and John Stewart
  • Human Resources: Identifies information related to the hiring of staff with a focus on online opportunities and data trends in today’s marketplace. Staff contact: Sarah Novak
  • Information Technology: Serves as the nucleus for assessing IT opportunities that may enhance regulatory compliance; provides direction and education to member companies. Staff contact: Sarah Novak
  • Ingredient Approval and Definition: Exists to provide a forum for AFIA members to represent regulatory and legislative interests regarding the feed ingredient approval/recognition process to government officials and to educate members regarding the changing regulatory environment related to feed ingredient approval/recognition. Staff contact: Leah Wilkinson
  • Integrators: Identifies and addresses feed-related issues specific to integrated animal feed operations. Staff contact: Paul Davis
  • International Trade: Identifies issues impacting the exporting and importing of feed, pet food and feed ingredients. Staff contact: Gina Tumbarello
  • Laboratory: Updates those interested about information impacting the analytical capabilities and requirements of the feed industry. Staff contact: Paul Davis
  • Liquid Feed: Represents the interests of liquid feed manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. Works with AFIA staff providing regulatory representation for the liquid feed industry. Staff contact: Paul Davis
  • Marketing: Provides counsel and assists in marketing the value of AFIA, develops strategic marketing recommendations, and promotes the use of market information to the industry. Staff contact: Sarah Novak
  • Networking, Education and Mentoring in Agriculture: Provides networking, education and mentoring opportunities for those in agribusiness, conducts programs and discussion of topics of interest to members and promotes the exchange of ideas among industry and related groups. Staff contact: Sarah Novak
  • Nutrition: Offers a medium through which 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. Staff contact: Paul Davis
  • Pet Food: Sends regulatory and legislative updates on specific issues and develops educational programs specific to the pet food industry. Staff contact: Louise Calderwood
  • Plant Manager: Sends regulatory information that specifically impacts an animal food manufacturing facility. This is an ideal distribution list for plant managers and assistant plant managers. Staff contact: Gary Huddleston
  • Production Compliance: Represents the production and manufacturing facility segments of the industry as well as the industry’s interests before OSHA, EPA and the Department of Homeland Security. Staff contact: Gary Huddleston
  • Quality and Animal Food Safety: Examines quality and food safety issues of animal feed, feed ingredients and pet food. Provides input to AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and other globally recognized programs designed for animal food. Staff contact: Paul Davis