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Industry Growth Relies on Untapped Markets
June 22, 2023
Industry Growth Relies on Untapped Markets

“If we don’t find overseas markets for our products, many farmers, many producers, go out of business.”

That was the message Daniel Whitley, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, told the American Feed Industry Association’s Board leadership at a recent meeting. Our global policy team would strongly agree - the future of American agriculture, and the U.S. animal food industry, will be contingent on demand from beyond U.S. borders.

By Lacie Dotterweich
The Benefits of Growing Alfalfa Extend Beyond Animal Feed
June 22, 2023
The Benefits of Growing Alfalfa Extend Beyond Animal Feed

Alfalfa is one of the world’s oldest domesticated crops, and today, it is grown on over 20 million acres from coast to coast, making it the nation’s fourth largest acreage crop after corn, soybeans and wheat. The alfalfa plant is not often thought to be used for more than just feeding animals, but it is extremely useful to our environment, with a wide range of benefits, such as rewards to crop rotations, wildlife habitat, soil health and more!

By Guest
AFIA's Feed 101 Program Hosts USDA on Feed Mill Tour
June 21, 2023
AFIA's Feed 101 Program Hosts USDA on Feed Mill Tour

The American Feed Industry Association’s Mallory Gaines and Gary Huddleston recently brought staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service on a tour of the Kent Nutrition feed mill in Hagerstown, Md., as part of the AFIA’s Feed 101 Program.

By Guest
Meet Kim Atkins!
June 8, 2023
Meet Kim Atkins!

The American Feed Industry Association is thrilled to welcome aboard our new manager of membership and engagement, Kim Atkins! Kim is passionate about membership and is excited to work with AFIA members and provide top-notch member service. Learn more about Kim below.

By Sarah Novak
Feed Innovation Can Lower Environmental Footprints
June 8, 2023
Feed Innovation Can Lower Environmental Footprints

Feedstuff production on the farm may be a leading source of the environmental footprint for livestock, poultry, horses and pets, but it doesn’t mean it will be the best solution for reducing it. Regenerative agriculture, climate-smart practices and efforts to improve soil health are agricultural practices that receive a lot of attention by stakeholders for reducing t animal feed’s footprint, but I would argue that we must give equal attention to some of the animal food industry innovations in the pipeline that will offer solutions as well.  

By Lara Moody
Dogs and Vegan Diets: Can It Work?
June 7, 2023
Dogs and Vegan Diets: Can It Work?

A few years ago, I was out for a walk with my dog Sherman on a late summer day along a quiet road and came across a friend repairing the fortress-like fence around her vegetable garden. “Woodchuck after the greens again?” I asked. “NO!” she replied, clearly agitated, “The darn dog ate my carrots, it’s the second planting I have lost this year.” Dogs are willing vegetable eaters? It turns out that many dogs will snitch vegetables and berries right out of gardens and can thrive on vegetarian or even vegan diets. This got me to questioning: what are the advantages of vegan diets for dogs and what considerations need to be made in diet formulation?

By Louise Calderwood
It Is Our Responsibility to Seek and Develop Leaders
June 1, 2023
It Is Our Responsibility to Seek and Develop Leaders

I am honored and humbled to begin my tenure as chair of the American Feed Industry Association’s Board of Directors. I have learned a great deal from the past chairs I have been fortunate to work with and want to specifically recognize and thank Mike Gauss, Kent Nutrition Group, for his leadership over the past year and counsel in the coming one!

By Guest
Doing the Right Thing Isn't Always Easy
May 25, 2023
Doing the Right Thing Isn't Always Easy

It is with a heavy heart that I end my time as chair of the AFIA Board. This trepidation is not due to any doubts about the new leadership, but simply, because I will deeply miss working with the exceptional individuals who make up this organization. I have full confidence in the abilities of Carlos Gonzalez and Leigh Ann Sayen, who will undoubtedly provide outstanding leadership. Furthermore, I am pleased to note that the association is blessed with a highly talented staff, occupying key positions, ensuring that our industry and members will be well represented for years to come.

By Guest
Animal Food Can Help Us Aim for Climate
May 25, 2023
Animal Food Can Help Us Aim for Climate

On both the domestic and international fronts, we are being asked how feed additives and ingredients can mitigate offsets, such as methane, and support sustainable and nutrient-dense animal protein diets. The American Feed Industry Association prides itself on its commitment to being the voice for the animal food industry at the international level and has invested more time and energy into the sustainability and climate change space over the past few years. This is also one reason why the AFIA is engaged in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C), and participated in the meeting held in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago.

By Mallory Gaines
FDA CVM: Working With Stakeholders to Troubleshoot, Look to the Future
May 25, 2023
FDA CVM: Working With Stakeholders to Troubleshoot, Look to the Future

Last week, the American Feed Industry Association’s Board of Directors participated in a “fireside chat” with senior Food and Drug Administration officials about challenges facing the regulatory agency and steps it’s taking to work with stakeholders to solve problems and prepare for future innovation.

By Victoria Broehm

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