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2023 Animal Feed Trade Number Are In!
April 15, 2024
2023 Animal Feed Trade Number Are In!

U.S. animal nutrition products hold a valuable place in the global marketplace. In 2023, the overall export value for feed, feed ingredients and pet food was $13.4 billion and the total volume of exports of these products was 19.8 million metric tons. See the latest data the U.S. Department of Commerce in the infographic below. 

By Madison Wyman
Navigating Challenges and Innovation within the Feed Industry
April 12, 2024
Navigating Challenges and Innovation within the Feed Industry

The feed industry is confronted with many factors that directly influence our global food system. These encompass regulatory shifts, supply chain interruptions, fluctuations in ingredient sourcing and pricing, sustainability imperatives, technological advancements, and evolving market trends. 

By Madison Wyman
2024 State Legislative Recap: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
April 11, 2024
2024 State Legislative Recap: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Each January, as most of the workforce settles back into post-holiday routines, state legislatures and departments of agriculture ramp up their activity, drafting new legislation and reviewing existing regulations. The mix of proposed legislation and regulatory changes falls into a grouping similar to the title of the iconic Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Here is the lineup of proposed state measures we have been chasing since early January, with as many action scenes and plot twists as the 1966 cowboy classic. 

By Louise Calderwood
Recognizing Excellence in Feed Production with the Feed Facility of the Year Program
April 5, 2024
Recognizing Excellence in Feed Production with the Feed Facility of the Year Program

During the month of March, the American Feed Industry Association recognized the final two 2023 Feed Facility of the Year Award winners. Below, we take a look back at our 2023 winners. 

By Taylor Lekin
Safe Feed/Safe Food Program Continues to Show Value
April 2, 2024
Continued Value of Safe Feed/ Safe Food Program Continues to Show Value

The American Feed Industry Association continues to focus on the promotion of safe practices in the production and handling of livestock feed and pet food. The Safe Feed/Safe Food (SF/SF) certification program is aimed at ensuring the safety of animal food products. The program emphasizes best practices, regulations and standards to minimize the risk of contamination and ensures the safety and quality of animal feed. CPC Commodities’ Ivan Pedigo, Megan Jones and Michelle Estes recently shared their experiences on the continued value that the SF/SF certification has for their company.  

By AFIA Editor
Preparing for the Next Animal Disease Outbreak – Feed Mill Hygiene and Decontamination
March 25, 2024
Preparing for the Next Animal Disease Outbreak – Feed Mill Hygiene and Decontamination

Since the outbreak of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in 2013, the feed and livestock industries have worked to gain a better understanding of pathogen transmission through feed and the supply chain. Multiple studies have documented the distribution of viral pathogens in mills after contamination, the stability of viruses in feed and ingredient matrices, and virus reduction using chemical mitigants or extended holding times.

By Guest
A Lesson in What Happens When Ballot Initiatives Restrict Consumer Choice
March 21, 2024
A Lesson in What Happens When Ballot Initiatives Restrict Consumer Choice

When I visit the grocery store, I am awed by the choices available to shoppers – from fresh to frozen produce, canned or processed goods catered toward unique dietary preferences (e.g., low sodium, sugar-free) to various cuts of meat or dairy foods from animals raised in various farm settings. Choice is a wonderful thing, but what happens when that choice is removed by state or local laws? 

By Victoria Broehm
Feed Facility of the Year Program: A Win – Win in 2024
March 4, 2024
Feed Facility of the Year Program: A Win – Win in 2024

Most of us enjoy performing an act of kindness that benefits someone else. Whether it is spending time working with a local charity or just simply donating to a cause, we get a warm feeling inside when we can help others. Rarely do we have an opportunity to do something that truly brings about both a personal benefit as well as a benefit to others. With the Feed Facility of the Year (FFY) program, we now do, which is a win-win for industry.  

By Gary Huddleston
Navigating the Regulatory Frontier: Highlights from the 2024 IPPE Feed Education Session
March 5, 2024
Navigating the Regulatory Frontier: Highlights from the 2024 IPPE Feed Education Session

The annual Feed Education Program, hosted by the American Feed Industry Association's (AFIA) Production Compliance Committee, was held on Jan. 31 during the 2024 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The Session offered crucial insights into THE regulatory changes members of the animal food industry can expect this year, including how they can stay informed and proactive in their compliance efforts.    

By Madison Wyman
Same Goal, Different Jobs: Responding to Form 483's
March 13, 2024
Same Goal, Different Jobs: Responding to Form 483's

I am an avid college football fan. When watching my beloved Tennessee Volunteers play, I must admit that a lot of my frustration is usually aimed at the officials, which, a lot of the time, is probably a little biased and unfair. At the end of the day, college football fans realize that as much as we like to criticize the officials, we need them to help ensure the fairest outcome of games.  

By Gary Huddleston

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