Animal Food Industry Gathers at PISC for Networking, Education

March 20, 2024

Contact Victoria Broehm

PISC attendees gather in networking
lounge to do business

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) hosted its annual Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC) last week, March 12-14, in San Antonio, Texas. The conference brought together nearly 600 feed ingredient buyers and sellers, including over 100 first-time attendees. During the three-day conference, attendees conducted business meetings, attended educational sessions and participated in various networking opportunities.

“With nearly 600 attendees joining us in San Antonio last week for AFIA’s Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference, it is clear that PISC is where the animal food industry gets business done,” said Jessica Morse, AFIA's director of meetings and events. "As always, face-to-face networking opportunities are a top priority at PISC. The sponsored networking lounges were a huge success. And from the mariachi band to the interactions with cuddly goats, the 2024 PISC offered a truly memorable experience." 

The educational programming brought together industry experts to discuss the impact of California’s Proposition 12 legislation and similar bills on the animal agriculture industry; consumer trends in grocery retail; logistical challenges in the supply chain; strategies for navigating human resource challenges; and a current market outlook for grain and livestock products. Beyond the educational sessions, the conference provided ample networking opportunities for attendees to connect and network with industry colleagues, including golf, goat yoga, a late-night dessert bar and several receptions and networking lounges.  

Also at the conference, the AFIA and Feedstuffs named ADM’s Bluffton, Ind., plant as its 2023 Premix/Ingredient Feed Facility of the Year.  

The AFIA thanks its PISC sponsors: platinum level sponsors Anhui Huaheng Biotechnology (ABH) and BBFY Industries USA, Inc.; gold level sponsors Animal Agriculture Alliance, Ardent Mills, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, Cargill, CJ Bio America, Feed Strategy, Grain Journal, Huvepharma, Nutrien and World Grain; silver level sponsors Adisseo, Baymag, Inc. and FNF Ingredients; and bronze level sponsors Diamond V, Energy Feeds International, International Nutrition, Mosaic, Phileo by Lesafre and Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition.  

The 2025 PISC will take place March 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.