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AFIA Continues to Encourage Science-based EPA Review of Formaldehyde
July 9, 2024
AFIA Continues to Encourage Science-based EPA Review of Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde has recently been a hot topic for the American Feed Industry Association, as the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to ban all industrial uses of this chemical. As we have written about before on this blog, formaldehyde plays a critical role in controlling pathogens in animal feed, and we have been working tirelessly to ensure the EPA’s process is both transparent and rooted in science, given its future implications for other reviews of chemical products.  

By Gary Huddleston
New OSHA Worker Walkaround Rule Concerns Animal Food Industry
July 3, 2024
New OSHA Worker Walkaround Rule Concerns Animal Food Industry

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a controversial final rule expanding access for third parties to participate as employee representatives in workplace inspections. The rule could potentially open employers up to third parties that do not necessarily represent employees’ or the government to OSHA’s inspection process and has caused animal food companies some alarm.

By Gary Huddleston
Understanding the Preferences and Perceptions of US Pet Food Among Vietnamese Veterinarians
July 1, 2024
Understanding the Preferences and Perceptions of US Pet Food Among Vietnamese Veterinarians

In addition to the feed additives survey the American Feed Industry Association recently conducted in the Vietnamese market, we also reached out to the pet food industry for their thoughts.

By Madison Wyman
Bridging the Gap: Bringing Agriculture into the Green Finance Conversation
June 20, 2024
Bridging the Gap: Bringing Agriculture into the Green Finance Conversation

One thing we excel at in agriculture is discussing our sustainable practices within our own community. So, when the American Feed Industry Association had the chance to engage with “green” finance professionals, i.e., stakeholders outside of our community, at a conference in New York City last week, we said YES!

By Sarah Novak
Navigating the Vietnamese Feed Additives Market: Insights and Future Prospects
June 19, 2024
Navigating the Vietnamese Feed Additives Market: Insights and Future Prospects

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has maintained a strong presence in Vietnam despite the ever-changing global markets, intense competition and general uncertainty. By staying informed and open to new opportunities, the AFIA provides Vietnamese feed companies with valuable insights into U.S. feed additives. Through meetings with stakeholders in Vietnam, our global policy team has gathered crucial data, shedding light on the industry’s efforts to compete in Vietnam’s feed additive sector. 

By Madison Wyman
AFIA Policy Priorities: Driving Innovation, Sustainability and Global Competitiveness in the Animal Food Industry
June 6, 2024
AFIA Policy Priorities: Driving Innovation, Sustainability and Global Competitiveness in the Animal Food Industry

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is committed to advancing the animal feed industry through strategic policy priorities that enhance business operations, promote sustainability, ensure safety and bolster global competitiveness. These policy priorities are developed with input from our membership and Board leadership. 

By Leah Wilkinson
Agriculture Needs Solutions, Can the Feed Industry Help?
May 29, 2024
Agriculture Needs Solutions, Can the Feed Industry Help?

Last week, I attended and participated in the “State of the Science Summit” at the University of California, Davis, where over 250 experts came together to discuss the research, applicability and regulatory challenges in enteric emissions reduction strategies in animal agriculture. The global “who’s who” in the room collectively acknowledged the role of feeding strategies as a very important part in the reduction of enteric emissions. However, U.S. attendees remained reluctant to get their hopes up, since there were no approved feed ingredients for this intended use available in the market.

By Leah Wilkinson
Reflections on My Tenure: A Farewell Address from Outgoing AFIA Board Chair
May 16, 2024
Reflections on My Tenure: A Farewell Address from Outgoing AFIA Board Chair

It is difficult to believe that my tenure as the American Feed Industry Association’s Board chair has ended. In some ways, it feels like I just got started and have more goals to accomplish. However, as I look back on this experience, I am appreciative of all that I learned, of the friendships made, and of the incredible staff and Board members that I was fortunate enough to work alongside. Over the course of my years in the feed industry, the AFIA played a significant role in my development and understanding of our landscape and potential future. Besides the current staff and Board, I owe a debt of gratitude to all the past employees and members who have shaped our organization. It has been my great honor to represent the AFIA as Board chair, and I hope I was able to repay some of what AFIA has offered me over the years. 

By Guest
A New Chapter Begins: Leading AFIA into the Future
May 28, 2024
A New Chapter Begins: Leading AFIA into the Future

As I begin my tenure as Board chair of the American Feed Industry Association, I find myself filled with a mixture of excitement, anticipation and a healthy dose of humility. I am thankful to be following Carlos Gonzales, Ph.D., of Hills Pet Nutrition. Carlos has set an excellent leadership example, and he has been very considerate in sharing key AFIA insights to prepare me for the challenges in the upcoming year.ouy

By Guest
AFIA Board Advocates for Key Policy Priorities on Capitol Hill
May 22, 2024
AFIA Board Advocates for Key Policy Priorities on Capitol Hill

The American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) Board of Directors wrapped up its annual spring meeting last week, where they advocated for key policy priorities impacting the animal food industry on Capitol Hill.  

By Madison Wyman

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