I’ve often heard the saying, “If you’re not at the table, you might be on the menu.” Although some may scoff, I think there’s a lot of truth in that.
Over the past year, the American Feed Industry Association staff has discussed issues of concern to the animal food manufacturing industry with policymakers and regulators. From international trade to burdensome regulations that prevent new ingredients from reaching the marketplace to the public dialogue on agricultural sustainability, they’ve had an enormous task in ensuring those making decisions understand the pressures in which our businesses operate.
But, the AFIA staff cannot tell our story alone. They need reliable research that supports the industry’s positions, giving them a better vantage point to discuss how federal policies can hinder or promote opportunities for the industry in our markets at home and abroad.
In the last few years, I am pleased that the Institute for Feed Education and Research has supported their efforts by funding research projects on
- the lengthy and costly federal ingredient review and approval process;
- the industry’s contribution to the local, state and national economies;
- the amount of feed U.S. manufacturers produce;
- consumers’ preferences and willingness-to-pay for cage-free egg and slow-growth broiler products; and
- the impacts of no antibiotics ever campaigns on animal health and welfare.
Without a strong industry foundation, we would not be able to conduct the necessary research that helps them develop and deliver key messages to the policymakers and consumer influencers who have the ability to shape our industry’s future. We simply cannot let that happen.
IFEEDER gives us a chance to have a seat at the table. I thank you for your continued support of and participation in this vital charitable organization.
2018-19 IFEEDER Board Chair