Robert Cooper Joins IFEEDER As Executive Director

The Institute for Feed Education and Research is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Cooper as its executive director, effective June 18. IFEEDER, the American Feed Industry Association’s public charity, focuses on research and education to support the feed industry.

Cooper will provide leadership for IFEEDER in crafting and implementing the overall strategic direction for the institute. He will develop and manage fundraising and donor stewardship programs and maintain relationships with current and future donors. He will also work closely with IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees and other committees to carry out key research and education projects and with the American Feed Industry Association’s communications team to share the institute’s mission and message in various communications to both donors and the public.

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New Research Shows How Animal Food Manufacturing Industry Keeps America’s Livestock Fed, Drives National Economy

Each day across America, more than 6,200 animal food manufacturing facilities are quietly humming along, producing millions of tons of animal food to provide the right nutritional balance to keep the country’s livestock, poultry and pets happy and healthy. Today, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) is proud to share the results of two, first-of-a-kind, yearlong research projects, which quantify the industry’s contribution to the national, state and local economies. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the ingredients used in the top livestock, poultry and aquaculture diets. 

Each day across America, more than 6,200 animal food manufacturing facilities are quietly humming along, producing millions of tons of animal food to provide the right nutritional balance to keep the country’s livestock, poultry and pets happy and healthy. Today, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) is proud to share the results of two, first-of-a-kind, yearlong research projects, which quantify the industry’s contribution to the national, state and local economies. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the ingredients used in the top livestock, poultry and aquaculture diets. 

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IFEEDER Focuses 2016-17 Research, Education Priorities on Improving Public, Policymaker Support of Feed Industry Issues

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) released its first-ever annual report to donors today, reinforcing its continued commitment to executing research and education projects and initiatives that support the animal food industry’s legislative and regulatory priorities, protect its license to operate, and preserve consumer choice.

“The past year for IFEEDER has been about one thing—focus,” said Rob Sheffer, the 2016-17 chairman of the IFEEDER Board of Trustees. “In 2016-17, we spent plenty of time refocusing what types of projects to fund in the future as well as how to better communicate with, or ‘pay particular attention to,’ you, our donors. … Even the logo has a ‘focus’ on research and education, while paying tribute to the importance of the historical green and black to signify the message of sustainability and growth.”

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New Research Project Evaluates Salmonella Risk in Animal Feed Production

The Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER), along with several partners–including the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), National Pork Board, National Renderers Association, Poultry Protein and Fat Council, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, and U.S. Soybean Board–has launched a new research project with the University of Arkansas to analyze whether animal feed contains any of the serotypes from the bacteria Salmonella that could pose a health threat to livestock. The yearlong project is aimed at helping the animal feed industry better understand if the bacteria is prevalent at their manufacturing facilities so that it can make more informed decisions on what additional safety measures, if any, should be taken to promote feed safety and protect animal health.

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AFIA, NGFA Foundations Partner with University of Minnesota to Develop Generic Hazard Analysis to Assist FSMA Compliance

The research and education arms of the American Feed Industry Association and National Grain and Feed Association are partnering to finance a major project that will help animal feed, feed ingredient and pet food facilities cost-effectively comply with a core requirement of the Food and Drug Administration’s final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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IFEEDER Applauds Summer Pledges – Kent Nutrition Group and JBS United

The Institute for Feed Education & Research welcomed donations from two new corporate sponsors this summer–Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) and JBS United–as well as individual pledges from John Swisher, Don Orr, Walter Ney (all of JBS United) and Randy Davis (QLF-Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.).

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IFEEDER Funds Three-Year University Research Project

The Institute for Feed Education and Research, the American Feed Industry Association’s 501(c)(3), announces its selection of a recipient for its first research grant chosen through a competitive process to help further education and research within the animal food industry. IFEEDER sought requests for proposals (RFPs) earlier this year from those dedicated to education and research within the animal food industry, primarily land grant universities.

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IFEEDER Welcomes Spring Pledges; Donation Outside Core Donor Circle

“As IFEEDER continues to grow, so does the desire to learn more about the foundation—our goals, our mission, our accomplishments,” said Institute for Feed Education & Research Executive Director Ken Thomas.

The latest participation from American Feed Industry Association members–the organization responsible for the creation of IFEEDER—comes from two corporate gold pledges. Novus International Inc., headquartered in St. Charles, Mo., and Feed Products & Service Company, located in St. Louis, donated $50,000 each toward education and research in the feed industry.

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