Alltech has been International Safe Feed/Safe Food (SF/SF) certified since 2012. The American Feed Industry Association recently spoke with Taryn Pitman, Alltech global quality manager, about why the company participates in the program.
Congress is working their way back to Washington, D.C., over the next several days to do their fall rush of work in the few legislative days available before the election. The House only has 11 days that they are in session between now and Nov. 8, while the Senate is around all of September and two weeks in October. No matter how much they are in town, it’s a given that there will be a mad dash of activity to complete the legislative work by the necessary deadlines or they will give themselves some wiggle room to complete the work later in the year when more is known after the election
There is a growing interest for animal food companies to better understand the impacts of their operations and supply chains to identify market opportunities and meet expectations of downstream stakeholders. Utilizing life cycle assessment (LCA) tools are a great way to assess the footprint of operations and existing product lines. They can also be used to innovate and seize on growing demand for sustainable products in the marketplace.
Who has not experienced an upset digestive system after eating or drinking something questionable? We all recognize that if food or water becomes contaminated with a pathogen, we can get sick after consuming it. It is the same for livestock. If the feed we deliver to the pig barn is contaminated with a virus, pigs could get sick after eating it.
Today, the American Feed Industry Association released our annual, “Our Industry, Our Promise” report, providing a status update on the challenges the U.S. animal food industry is facing at home and abroad and the ways our staff is working to address them head-on. But, if you will allow me a moment, I would like to share how our successes were not borne from our work alone.
A lot of things happened this summer. I moved across the country, got a dog, hiked a lot, graduated with my bachelor’s... but most importantly, I completed my internship with the American Feed Industry Association.
Every year, the American Feed Industry Association sponsors awards that recognize industry leaders who are making an impact on the health and nutrition of livestock and poultry. Read about this year’s animal nutrition award winners below.
If you ask me, Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D., AgNext director and Colorado State University animal science professor, hit the nail on the head about how sustainability is viewed in the animal food industry. I recently spoke with her about some of the challenges the agricultural community will face in the coming years – from increased corporate emissions reporting to carbon markets – and the steps the feed industry could take now to prepare.
This week, the American Feed Industry Association’s President and CEO Constance Cullman penned an op-ed in The Hill on the Food and Drug Administration’s “archaic” policy for reviewing environmentally beneficial animal feed and feed ingredients, which has put U.S. farmers at a competitive disadvantage globally. She said it is time for the agency to develop a solution that allows these products to come to market quickly so that farmers can use them now.
Most of the environmental impact for animal protein is embedded in the feed that animals eat. By reducing feed impacts, food companies have an opportunity to make significant progress toward climate and sustainability goals.