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The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its biennial Feed Industry Institute (FII), happening June 11-14 in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference, which has been held every other year since merging with the National Feed Ingredients Association in 1992, brings together roughly 125 individuals in the industry to learn the basics of the animal food manufacturing process – from the types of foods used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.
“The Feed Industry Institute is ideal for people who are new to the livestock feed or pet food industry, as it provides a good overview of animal health and nutrition,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “Throughout the four-day educational program, industry experts share practical information and best practices for attendees. Our goal is that attendees not only understand how to manufacture high-quality animal food, but why doing so is so essential for animal productivity and well-being.”
The 2018 FII will include an overview of the U.S. feed industry, animal physiology and nutrition basics, information on the types of ingredients used in animal food and why, the role of medications and other additives in animal food, and various processing techniques. It will also look at agriculture’s role in building consumer trust, the role of international trade and provide an overview of state and federal regulations. The full agenda can be found on the event’s website.
In addition to the educational program, there will be a reception on Monday, June 11, and a networking outing to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Wednesday, June 13. The baseball outing is an additional $50 and includes a ticket to the game and $25 worth of “Cardinal bucks” to be used for food and drinks in the stadium.
AFIA encourages people to register between now and March 30 to receive the discounted rate of $650 for AFIA members and $800 for non-members. The AFIA member rate includes a $100 discount for registering online. Fees will increase April 1.