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The American Feed Industry Association publishes news releases surrounding its legislative and regulatory work, important political announcements, association events and more. See our most recent news below. For more information or to be added to our distribution list, contact Victoria Broehm, AFIA’s director of communications.

AFIA Announces 2019 Feed Facility of the Year Category Winners
January 23, 2020
AFIA Announces 2019 Feed Facility of the Year Category Winners

The American Feed Industry Association and Feedstuffs are proud to announce the four category winners for the 2019 Feed Facility of the Year (FFY) program. AFIA congratulates Western Milling of Goshen, Calif., as the winner of the commercial dry livestock feed plant category; Koch Farms of Morton, Miss., as the winner of the integrator category; Quality Liquid Feeds of Menomonie, Wis., as the winner of the liquid feed plant category; and Trouw Nutrition of Nesoho, Mo., as the winner of the premix manufacturing plant category.

By Lacie Dotterweich, Communications Coordinator
USMCA is a Big Win for the U.S. Animal Food Industry
January 16, 2020
USMCA is a Big Win for the U.S. Animal Food Industry

The American Feed Industry Association congratulates and thanks Congress on the long-awaited passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The U.S. animal food manufacturing industry depends on the free-trade access it enjoys with Canada and Mexico, which has allowed exports of feed ingredients, feed and pet food to more than quadruple since the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) implementation, growing from roughly $669 million in 1993 to over $3.2 billion today.

By Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations
Animal Food Industry Applauds Phase One Trade Agreement with China
January 15, 2020
Animal Food Industry Applauds Phase One Trade Agreement with China

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) commends and congratulates the administration on the signing of a historic phase one trade agreement with China. The U.S. animal food manufacturing industry faces a number of challenges in this market, including those which have restricted any new U.S. feed additive and premix products to be exported to China since 2011 and those which restrict U.S. feed products with ruminant-origin ingredients and a number of poultry-derived ingredients. This agreement directly addresses these constraints by streamlining and facilitating a facility registration process for feed additives, premixes and compound feed, as well as lifting the poultry and ruminant ban for animal food products. AFIA looks forward to working with industry and the appropriate U.S. government agencies to facilitate implementation.

By Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations
AFIA Efforts Secure Additional Funding for CVM Ingredient Approvals
December 20, 2019
AFIA Efforts Secure Additional Funding for CVM Ingredient Approvals

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) applauds the passage of bipartisan legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2020 fiscal year. The legislation, expected to be signed into law by President Trump today, not only averts a midnight deadline to shut down the government, but also achieves a very important AFIA policy priority to increase funding for animal food ingredient approvals.

By Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations
AFIA Applauds House Passage of USMCA
December 19, 2019
AFIA Applauds House Passage of USMCA

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) congratulates the bi-partisan passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) today by the U.S. House of Representatives.

By Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations
Mark Your Calendars for AFIA's 2020 Meetings & Events
December 16, 2019
Mark Your Calendars for AFIA's 2020 Meetings & Events

The American Feed Industry Association has released its 2020 schedule of conferences and online courses. Registration for several of these events is already open at afia.org/events.

By Lacie Dotterweich, Communications Coordinator
Statement Regarding Confirmation of FDA Commissioner
December 12, 2019
Statement Regarding Confirmation of FDA Commissioner

The American Feed Industry Association appreciates Congress’ decision today to confirm Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration. AFIA looks forward to working with Commissioner Hahn, as FDA is the main agency regulating the animal food industry.

By Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations
AFIA Applauds USMCA Agreement, Urges Swift Ratification
December 10, 2019
AFIA Applauds USMCA Agreement, Urges Swift Ratification

The American Feed Industry Association applauds the efforts made by the House Democrats’ Trade Working Group and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to resolve the remaining provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and for reaching a deal.

By Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations
AFIA Addresses Concerns on Unintended Consequences with Requirements for Emerging Tech
December 5, 2019
AFIA Addresses Concerns on Unintended Consequences with Requirements for Emerging Tech

The American Feed Industry Association supports the Food and Drug Administration's vision outlined in the Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety, but is concerned about unintended consequences brought about by the requirement to adopt emerging technology for use in food tracking and traceability.

By Sarah Novak, Vice President of Membership and Public Relations
Free Education Program Provides Updates on Regulatory Changes in Animal Food Industry
December 4, 2019
Free Education Program Provides Updates on Regulatory Changes in Animal Food Industry

The American Feed Industry Association’s free Feed Education Program returns this year to the International Production & Processing Expo on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, to update attendees on recent changes within several federal agencies. The four-hour program is ideal for animal food facility managers, operations personnel and mill personnel looking to learn about the latest regulatory requirements impacting their businesses. 

By Lacie Dotterweich, Communications Coordinator