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This week, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) welcomed over 275 feed ingredient buyers and sellers from across the country to Orlando, Fla., for its annual Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (PISC), postponed from March. The three-day program offered attendees the ability to reconnect with industry colleagues, make new connections, conduct business and engage in professional development.
“Since March 2020, our members have been solely focused on safely manufacturing animal food to keep the U.S. food and pet food supply chain stable amid many pandemic-induced challenges,” said AFIA’s President and CEO Constance Cullman. “Although our industry has adapted well to the new business environment, it thrives on personal relationships and we knew our members longed to reconnect with their industry colleagues in a professional forum. While we certainly missed those who could not be with us in-person this week, we heard from PISC attendees that they relished the time spent learning about the current market forces that could impact their businesses and networking with their industry colleagues."
The event included two days’ worth of educational programming, with a diverse lineup of speakers, including:
Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney, a fighter pilot and PGA professional, who spoke on how individuals can find purpose by following their dreams despite their fears of failure.
For the first time, the AFIA conducted a blood drive to assist in the nationwide blood shortage, collecting over a dozen units of blood with the potential to save 30 American lives.
A recording of the educational program will be made available for purchase in the AFIA Online Store starting in September and photos from the event are available on AFIA’s social media channels. The AFIA thanks its sponsors: diamond sponsor Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production; platinum sponsors Barchart and The F.L. Emmert Company; gold sponsors Adisseo USA, Ardent Mills, CJ Bio America, Nutrien and Watt/Feed Strategies; and silver sponsors Alfagreen Supreme, Animal Agriculture Alliance, Baymag, Central Life Sciences, Diamond V, DSM Nutritional Products, Huvepharma, International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc., International Nutrition, Micronutrients, Mosaic, Phileo by Lasaffre, Premier Magnesia and Zinpro Performance Minerals.
The 2022 PISC will be held in San Francisco, Calif., March 8-10. For the latest AFIA calendar of events, visit afia.org/events.
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Photo caption: The American Feed Industry Association staff welcomes attendees back to the Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference after a nearly two-year hiatus.