Industry Links

Below are links to organizations that the American Feed Industry Association either has a formal partnership with or is currently a member.

  • Animal Agriculture Alliance: Founded in 1987, the alliance is the broadest coalition of individual farmers, ranchers, producer organizations, suppliers, packer-processors, scientists, veterinarians and retailers. The AFIA is a founding member of the alliance and currently serves on the board of directors. The alliance's mission is simple: “Connect, Engage, Protect.” It is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, connecting key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. The alliance engages food chain influencers and promotes consumer choice by helping consumers better understand modern animal agriculture. The alliance protects by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation.
  • Clarion Safety Label Program: The AFIA and Clarion Safety Systems developed a partnership to provide the feed industry with up-to-date safety labels. Together, the organizations are driving safety performance to a new level of compliance and risk reduction. The labels have been engineered to meet the latest ANSI Z535 standards. Members are offered special AFIA pricing on the labels as one of the benefits of membership. Clarion Safety Systems is an industry leader in creating a system of visual safety for today's machinery, equipment and facilities.
  • FAMI-QS: FAMI-QS is the quality and safety system for specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures. Since 2004, representatives of the specialty feed ingredients industry have worked together to devise FAMI-QS, the first code aimed at this sector of the animal feed business. The FAMI-QS Code addresses safety, quality and regulatory compliance of specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures by minimizing the risk that unsafe specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures will enter the feed and food chain. It also enables an operator to implement the objectives of the Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005/EC) and provides measures to ensure that other feed safety regulatory requirements are met. FAMI-QS is a pioneer in its field, as it is the only certifiable code specifically aimed at specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures. Additionally, it was also the first Community Guide to Good Practice to obtain official recognition from the European Commission as foreseen in the Feed Hygiene Regulation. Today, certified companies are spread across more than 40 countries. They have a worldwide network of certification bodies that allow the implementation of FAMI-QS in any part of the globe. AFIA’s International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification program meets the FAMI-QS requirements.
  • International Feed Industry Federation: IFIF represents the global feed industry as an essential participant in the food chain that provides sustainable, safe and nutritious food. Overall, IFIF members represent more than 80 percent of feed production worldwide, comprised of national and regional feed associations, feed-related organizations and corporate members from around the globe. It provides a unified leadership and coordinating role to promote the global feed industry in order to contribute to the sustainable supply of safe, healthy feed, and therefore, food. The AFIA serves on IFIF’s board of directors and has been a member since 1997.
  • International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 293 (ISO/TC 293): ISO/TC 293 is developing international standards for feed machinery with the initial focus on hygiene, safety and terminology. The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG) to TC 293 represents U.S. interests in this effort and formulates the U.S. vote, and the AFIA is very engaged with the US TAG.
  • IFEEDERInstitute for Feed Education and Research: In 2009, the AFIA formed IFEEDER to support the future of the feed industry as it is challenged to sustain the escalating world population. Through today’s focused research and educational programs, IFEEDER is paving the way for future generations to meet these enormous challenges. IFEEDER is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to sustaining the future of food and feed production through education and research. IFEEDER broadly represents the feed industry, including representation from academia and experts in science and technology.
  • National Institute for Animal Agriculture: NIAA’s purpose is to provide a forum to facilitate and engage industry leaders and organizations to develop solutions on current issues in animal agriculture. NIAA began operations in January 2000 and addresses issues of interest to the industry, providing vital industry information, continuing education and communication outlets for animal agriculture professionals. NIAA is dedicated to programs to: work toward the eradication of diseases that pose a risk to the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promote a safe and wholesome food supply for our nation and abroad; and promote best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health and well-being. NIAA’s issue initiatives encompass the entire animal agriculture field, including the cattle, sheep, swine, avian, equine and aquaculture industries.
  • Safe Quality Food Institute: SQFI is recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world that require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. The SQFI Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute, SQFI benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQFI-certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors. The mission is to deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders. SQFI has been the administrator for the AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and the Pet Food Ingredient and Pet Food Manufacturer Certification Programs since 2013.