Feed Bites

AFIA Board Pounds the Pavement for Animal Food Issues

Written by: Guest   |   May 25, 2023


By: Emma Bower, AFIA communications intern

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. In particular, they lobbied for a legislative amendment to regulate novel animal food additives at the Food and Drug Administration as feed ingredients, instead of drugs; $5 million in increased funding for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine for ingredient reviews; and key trade and conservation programs in the Farm Bill that can help the industry remain globally competitive and sustainable in the future.

Thank you to the U.S. Senate and House offices who met with our members and our AFIA leadership for pounding the pavement! See photo highlights below.

Scott Baker; SEM Minerals, LP, Mark Poeschl; Furst McNess Company, Gerry Daignault; The Maschhoffs LLC, Paul Davis; AFIA, Rep. Mary Miller (IL-15), Chad Risley; Berg+Schmidt, Rebecca Mowen: ADM Animal Nutrition, Inc.

Phil Greene; Foster Farms, Inc., Carlos Gonzalez; Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Dan Rice; Western Milling, Rep. Tracey Mann (KS-1)

Doug Webel; United Animal Health, Inc., Mike Schuster; Laidig Systems, Inc., Sean McNear; Blue Buffalo

Robert Crowe; Novus International, Inc., John Akridge; MFA Incorporated, staff Madelyn Derks (Rep. Alford, (MO-4) and Paul Davis; AFIA

Rob Sheffer; Zinpro Corporation, Susanna Elliot; Alltech, Inc., Garreth Hubbard; Land O'Lakes, Inc., Sarah Brenholt; Cargill, Eliana Goldsher; Cargill, Leah Wilkinson; AFIA, Rep. Brad Finstad (MN-1)

Calla Wickenhauser, Legislative Correspondent, staff Aaron Weber (Sen. John Hoevens office, (ND)), Matt Podany; EMB Manufacturing, Karl Thoene; CHS Inc., Tony Colanino; NewStar Sourcing and Service.

Julio Contreras; Sweet Manufacturing Company, Grady Fain; Hamlet Protein, Inc., staff Mike Stoever (Sen. Gary Peters office, (MI)), Leigh Ann Sayen; The Peterson Company, Craig Martin; WL Port-Land Systems, Inc., Mallory Gaines; AFIA

Chad Risley; Berg+Schmidt, Gerry Daignault; The Maschhoffs LLC, Mark Poeschl; Furst-McNess Company, Scott Baker; SEM Minerals, LP, staff Omar Ibarra for Rep. Budzinski (IL-13), Paul Davis; AFIA

Ben Towns; Arm and Hammer, Frank Goode; ILC Resources, Mike Gauss; Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., Ryan Ordway; Balchem Corporation, Gina Tumbarello; AFIA with staff Nick Bowser for Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA-2)

Sarah Brenholt; Cargill, Gary Huddleston: AFIA, Eliana Goldsher; Cargill, and Rob Brock; Westway Feed Products LLC, talking to staff member Allison Slagell from Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-3)

Dan Rice; Western Milling, Elizabeth Maier; Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition, Rep. Valadao (CA-22), Phil Greene; Foster Farms, Inc.

Craig Martin; WL Port-Land Systems, Inc., Rep. Andy Harris (MD-1), James Emerson; Darling Ingredients Inc., Mike Gauss; Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., Leigh Ann Sayen; The Peterson Company, Mallory Gaines; AFIA 

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