MFA Incorporated's Aurora Mill Named 2023 Commercial Feed Facility of the Year

January 31, 2024

Contact Victoria Broehm

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Feedstuffs named MFA Incorporated’s Aurora Mill as its 2023 Commercial Dry Feed Facility of the Year. Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs, presented Trevor Erwin, plant manager, with the award today during the AFIA’s Feed Education Program, happening in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo this week in Atlanta, Ga.

"We take great pleasure in acknowledging those commercial dry facilities that exceed expectations in their commitment to ensuring safe and efficient operations,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs, “The MFA Incorporated's Aurora facility is an interesting mix of old and new and demonstrates how facilities can evolve over time and adjust to the needs of a changing industry."

MFA Incorporated built Aurora Mills’ south tower in the 1960s and the north tower in 1999. Over the years, the adjoining towers’ processes have become more automated, and the south tower installed newer equipment. The facility is a multi-species mill that is approved to manufacture medicated feed and is Safe Feed/Safe Food certified. The feed mill produces about 40,000 tons of feed annually, which can be accredited to its three pelleting systems and the newest addition of a pellet cooler with increased capacity and quality.

The AFIA has been recognizing excellent feed manufacturing facilities through the Feed Mill of the Year program since 1985. Beginning in 2016, the program expanded to the Feed Facility of the Year and began offering awards for an overall winner and four category winners. In 2021, the FFY program separated each category into its own individual program: liquid feed, commercial dry, premix and ingredient, and integrator, with each category having its own facility of the year award. Learn more at

The semi-finalists for AFIA’s 2023 Commercial Feed Facility of the Year award are Kent Nutrition Group of Logansport, Ind., and Marshall, Mo., and Western Milling of Goshen, Calif.