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Top 5 Items Food Banks Need
November 22, 2022
Top 5 Items Food Banks Need

This year marked our third year of volunteering staff time at the Arlington Food Assistance Center. In the past, we have bagged rice and oatmeal for local families. This year's task: sorting donated food into crates. While organizing the food items into over 91 crates, we learned a few things about the process. First, they get A LOT of peanut butter and pasta, but oddly enough, not a lot of jelly and pasta sauce to accompany. And second, many items are opened or expired, and therefore, cannot be used.

By Lacie Dotterweich
Turkey Facts Just in Time for Dinner
November 22, 2022
Turkey Facts Just in Time for Dinner

Impress your friends and family this Thanksgiving with some fun facts about turkeys and turkey feed!

By Lacie Dotterweich
Horses 'Chomp at the Bit' to Eat Leftover Food Ingredients
November 21, 2022
Horses 'Chomp at the Bit' to Eat Leftover Food Ingredients

Earlier this fall, on a whim, I signed my daughter and I up for riding lessons, something neither of us have done before. My lovely colleague equestrians regularly tout its benefits for young girls, and I thought it could be a great opportunity to spend more quality time with her, while learning more about horse care and feeding, something that could help me in my job (win-win!). Given this newfound interest, I recently joined the association’s equine committee to learn about why byproducts are used in equine feed.

By Victoria Broehm
AFIA Explores Promising Markets Abroad: Brazil Edition
November 21, 2022
AFIA Explores Promising Markets Abroad: Brazil Edition

“Team Trade” (aka Gina Tumbarello and myself) do several different jobs at once for American Feed Industry Association members. Most important is answering members’ questions and helping solve their day-to-day trade snags. But another important aspect of our work is opening market access to help interested AFIA members gain more market share in a country of interest by providing a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that exist in that market.

By Mallory Gaines
It's a Party! Let's Conference!
November 10, 2022
It's a Party! Let's Conference!

Let’s have a party! How about a whole Conference of the Parties (COP)?! COP, which has been gathering for 30 years, is where the formal negotiations within the United Nations (U.N.) on Climate Change take place. COP27, being held this week in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, is where I am at representing the American Feed Industry Association. Let me explain the details of this meeting and why it’s important for U.S. agriculture to participate.

By Mallory Gaines
When You Do Good Work, Sometimes You Make Headlines
November 2, 2022
When You Do Good Work, Sometimes You Make Headlines

This week, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) made headlines for the research work we support at the Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research (CLEAR) Center at the University of California-Davis.  Despite detractors’ efforts to discredit research underway, we are proud of the work we do with public institutions, such as the CLEAR Center. We can’t address food security while reducing our environmental impact independently. We must engage.

By Lara Moody
Musings from the Stands: My Reflections on Elections, Veterans, Birthdays
November 7, 2022
Musings from the Stands: My Reflections on Elections, Veterans, Birthdays

This week is a very important week. On Tuesday, the nation votes in the midterm election. On Friday, we give thanks to our nation’s veterans who served to protect the freedom and liberties we sometimes take for granted. (It is also my daughter’s birthday, so we will celebrate her and the joy she brings to our family.)

By Leah Wilkinson
FDA Told Its Regulation of Animal Food Ingredient Claims Must Follow the Science on Animal Nutrition
October 19, 2022
FDA Told Its Regulation of Animal Food Ingredient Claims Must Follow the Science on Animal Nutrition

On Tuesday, the American Feed Industry Association’s Louise Calderwood participated in a listening session at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on the regulation of animal foods with certain claims. This issue is one the AFIA has been following for quite some time (see related blog posts here and here), given its hindrance to getting products to the marketplace that would help the U.S. get one step closer to meeting its food security and climate goals.

By AFIA Editor
Fueling a Service Animal Is Key to Their Success
October 14, 2022
Fueling a Service Animal Is Key to Their Success

Anyone with a lazy cat or dog will know what I’m talking about. You come home from work, tired after a long day, and your pet has been snoozing all day. “What a rough life,” you might say. Or, “Where’s the rent? Get a job!” All in good humor, of course. In fairness, a lot of animals have jobs and serve important purposes (although, they still may not cover the rent or treats).

By Lacie Dotterweich
US Feed Additives Making Headway in Chinese Markets
October 12, 2022
US Feed Additives Making Headway in Chinese Markets

As we previously reported, the American Feed Industry Association has been working to promote U.S. feed additives in the Chinese market. Over the past few months, with the use of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Market Access Program (MAP), the AFIA has been working with a communications/media firm in China to distribute informational articles on ag-media websites and social media platforms.

By Lacie Dotterweich

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