IFEEDER & WWF Announce Feed Systems Sustainability Summit, Case Study Opportunity

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have partnered to debut the Feed Systems Sustainability Summit, set to take place Sept. 28-29, in Milwaukee, Wis. The summit will bring together the full feed value chain, including upstream and downstream entities, to advance action around four critical sustainable feed systems components: circularity, innovation, regenerative agriculture and responsible sourcing.

“The animal feed sector has the unique opportunity to lead the transformation towards sustainable production across the agricultural industry, but only by working together,” said Courtney Hall, director of sustainable livestock systems, WWF. “That’s why we want to build a community that spans the entire value chain of the feed system, so stakeholders can share insights, harness ambition, and ultimately collaborate to move at a far faster pace than any one organization could alone.”

The in-person event will convene a select group of diverse stakeholders who collaboratively share a vision for sustainable feed systems. To garner input, thought provoking case studies and engaging workgroup discussions will be the cornerstone of the summit.

To ensure participation across the full feed value chain, organizations can participate by sponsoring, submitting a case study, or by invitation. In the months preceding the event, IFEEDER and WWF will offer three, no-cost webinars exploring topics impacting feed system sustainability efforts.

IFEEDER and WWF are seeking high quality case studies from a diverse selection of organizations representing the feed supply chain. Case studies should demonstrate relevant activities across the feed supply chain that activate the sustainability pillars: people, planet and governance.

“The feed sector’s sustainability efforts are influenced by many stakeholders both upstream and downstream of the industry, creating real opportunities for improved clarity,” said Lara Moody, executive director, IFEEDER. “Gathering perspectives and exploring challenges and opportunities through case studies will help elucidate needs to be addressed.”

IFEEDER and WWF thank the host sponsor, Chr. Hansen Animal Nutrition, and the showcasing sponsors, Bayer and Syngenta, for their generous support of the Feed Systems Sustainability Summit. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

IFEEDER Board Working to Expand Industry Reach

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) held its annual Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday to discuss broadening awareness of the value of its research and education initiatives on behalf of the animal food industry, as well as install new Board leadership and trustees.

As IFEEDER advances sustainability efforts to directly benefit the animal feed and pet food industry, it also serves the important purpose of being a trusted resource among stakeholders up and down the food supply chain who are making decisions that will impact the future of food production,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER’s executive director. “Increasing our presence and engagement with those throughout the food value chain will ensure we have a good pulse on what customers want, which informs our future research and education initiatives.”

As part of the business meeting, the trustees recognized Scott Druker, Ph.D., of Arm & Hammer Animal Food and Production, for his leadership as Board chair for the 2021-22 IFEEDER fiscal year, which ended April 30, and installed Mike Schuster, of Laidig Systems, Inc., as the new chair for the 2022-23 fiscal year. John Metzger, of Elanco Animal Health, will serve a second term as vice chair for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

With the installation of four new trustees (noted with asterisks*), the IFEEDER Board of Trustees now includes: Gisele Santos-Bin* of BASF Corporation; Partha Bora of Wilbur-Ellis; Leah Dorman, D.V.M., of Phibro Animal Health Corporation; Kevin Halpin, Ph.D., of International Ingredient Corporation; Steve Lerner, Ph.D., of Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition; Scott Lovin* of Agstate; Joe Lucas of CJ Bio America, Inc.; Ashley McDonald of the National Pork Board; John Metzger of Elanco Animal Health; Paul Philips* of Maxi-Lift Inc./Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.; and Mike Schuster* of Laidig Systems, Inc.

IFEEDER would like to recognize and thank the following outgoing trustees for their service: Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling Company; Druker; and Mark Lueking of Cargill Animal Nutrition.

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New Report Examines Impact of Increased Use of Non-GM Feed on  U.S. Animal Feed Industry 

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) released new research today which shows that if more U.S. food companies are to require feed for their livestock and poultry be free from genetically modified (GM) ingredients, then greenhouse gas emissions on farms could rise, grain elevator and feed mill product handling and production requirements would be greater, and the price of meat, milk and eggs for consumers could increase.

The study, “Impact of Non-GM Livestock and Poultry Feed on the U.S. Feed Industry,” conducted by Iowa State University and Decision Innovation Solutions, examined the environmental and economic implications should U.S. animal food manufacturers need to boost the production of non-GM feed. Partnering with Dairy Management Inc., MFA Incorporated, the National Corn Growers Association, the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and others, IFEEDER initiated the research to inform companies throughout the food value chain of the complexities involved with producing GM and non-GM feed lines from the farm to grain elevator to feed mill.

“Like many industries involved in the production of America’s food supply, the U.S. animal feed industry is diligently working to be more sustainable and efficient, using all available tools at its disposal, as part of our commitment to consumers to be good environmental stewards,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER executive director. “The research released today shows that when you limit the use of safe, proven technologies, like GM crops, the costs for both the environment and consumers can increase. As food retailers and manufacturers pursue ambitious sustainability goals in the future, we hope this research will inform their decision making on the value that GM feed provides.”

Key findings from the 156-page report include:

  • From a monetary viewpoint, GM seeds cost corn and soy farmers more initially, but are typically offset by lower costs for herbicides, insecticides and field operations when compared to non-GM production. For a farmer to consider switching to non-GM farming from GM, the research showed that a significant premium on non-GM would be needed to offset the production cost difference.
  • A shift away from non-GM seeds creates land sparing benefits; for example, the use of GM seed traits produced between 6.8 million to 15.9 million acres of land sparing and 35% to 65% less land conversion from grassy habitats to crop production, which would have occurred otherwise for the period from 2007-16.
  • The researchers evaluated the impact of on-farm fuel reductions to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to the environment by using GM crops and found that the GM corn no-till system emits the least CO2 for diesel combusted in field operations at 0.0258 metric tons per acre, based on 2020 corn production budget data.
  • Nitrogen efficiency has improved with the expansion of GM seed use and other technologies. Examining corn alone, the research shows that if it takes 4.9% more corn acres to yield the same level of production with non-GM corn as would be expected with GM corn, then total nitrogen volatilization and leaching losses under all non-GM corn production would be expected to be 2.7% and 4.3% higher than with all GM corn production.
  • The study found that all participants in the non-GM feed production supply chain would be subject to additional costs related to segregation and isolation of GM and non-GM ingredients. For example, the grain elevator could potentially spend an additional $0.05 to $0.07 per bushel to handle and segregate non-GM soybeans, compared with regular soybeans, and $0.07 to $0.09 per bushel more for non-GM corn.
  • The feed mill, at the end of the feed production chain, would be subject to the largest increase in the price of the final product, which would directly impact consumer prices for meat, milk and eggs derived from animals fed non-GM feed.
  • The overall consumer retail price of meat, milk or eggs from animals fed non-GM feed is expected to increase over animals fed GM feed.

The full results, along with a six-page executive summary, can be found at ifeeder.org/GMfreeFeedStudy.

EMC Scholarship to Fund WVU Students

ARLINGTON, Va. – March 9, 2022 – The American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) Equipment Manufacturers Committee (EMC) is proud to partner with the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and West Virginia University (WVU) on a new scholarship that will support WVU students pursuing careers in the feed or grain sciences industries. Named in honor of Joel G. Newman, previous AFIA president and CEO and 1971 graduate of the Davis College’s program in animal and nutritional sciences, the EMC scholarship will provide $3,000 annually in financial assistance to students. 

“When we look at the future of food and agriculture in the United States, we know the challenges that lie before us are many, but not beyond our reach,” said Mike Schuster, AFIA Board chair and IFEEDER chair elect. “By reaching out a hand and supporting the next-generation workforce through the EMC scholarship program, we enable today’s best and brightest to be tomorrow’s changemakers.” 

Administered by IFEEDER, the EMC scholarship fund has grown since its inception in 2009. It now provides annual scholarships to students at seven universities, including Auburn, California State Polytechnic, Iowa State, Kansas State, North Carolina State, North Dakota State and West Virginia.  

“I am so pleased that that this scholarship will expand the development of next generation leaders for the food and agriculture industry,” said Newman, who retired in 2019 following a 48-year career in the agriculture and food industries. “Under Dr. Joseph Moritz’s leadership, Davis College graduates have found further education and employment opportunities throughout the industry and this investment in students will multiply this opportunity.” 

To learn more about the scholarship program or to donate, visit ifeeder.org/education.  

New Research Project to Investigate Feed Mill Decontamination in the Event of an ASF Outbreak

ARLINGTON, Va. – Jan. 25, 2022 – The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) and United Soybean Board (USB) have joined with the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) to launch a research project that will evaluate several methods for cleaning and disinfecting feed mills following a potential African swine fever (ASF) outbreak. The information gained from the study’s results will inform North American feed industries’ ASF preparedness plans as well as feed mill biosecurity plans to minimize supply chain and trade disruptions in the event of an outbreak.

“SHIC continues to look into all routes of entry and dissemination of emerging diseases, not just to identify these pathways, but to do something about them with research of this kind,” said SHIC Executive Director Paul Sundberg, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVPM. “With partnership across the allied feed-related groups to benefit the U.S. swine herd, SHIC is encouraged to see this project move forward. We have learned that once ASF virus is in a feed mill, it will remain in that environment for a long time. This work is essential to address this risk to the U.S. swine herd.”

The 12–18-month project will examine the optimal methods for disinfecting feed mills, paying particularly close attention to feed manufacturing equipment that is not designed for disinfection. Researchers will test several disinfection and flushing procedures using three viruses known to be most stable in feed and endemic in the United States – Seneca Virus A (SVA), porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). The project will also determine the infectivity of feed and environmental samples after completely flushing and decontaminating equipment.

The feed inoculation and manufacturing will occur in Kansas State University’s Cargill Feed Safety Research Center, which includes a pilot-scale feed mill with pelleting capabilities and is approved for handling biosafety level 2 pathogens. Samples tested for infectivity will occur at Iowa State University.

“Over the past few years, the U.S. feed industry has taken steps to improve its biosecurity procedures to reduce the risk of ASF introduction and transmission at feed mills, such as voluntarily holding ingredients for extended periods and reducing foot-traffic onsite,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER executive director. “Now, we are looking at filling knowledge gaps within the milling process – should an outbreak occur. There are currently no recommendations for best practices to clean and disinfect a feed manufacturing facility experiencing ASF contamination. With the support of American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) members, we are backing this research to provide guidance to companies to quickly and safely get their operations back up and running, minimizing any long-term shutdowns, which could have detrimental food supply chain and economic consequences.”

“The Canadian feed industry recognizes the devastating impact the introduction of ASF in North America would have on the swine industry,” said Melissa Dumont, ANAC’s executive director. “A strong biosecurity and supplier approval program is key to keeping animal diseases out of feed mills and these programs continue to evolve as the science evolves. However, if ASF were to be introduced in North America and enter feed mills, facilities are lacking the crucial information on how to decontaminate a feed mill. ANAC is excited to support this research project, which will provide critically important knowledge so we can adequately be prepared in the event of an outbreak and continue to provide all livestock with safe feed.”

ASF poses no health concerns to humans but is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting pigs and it has devastated swine industries across Africa, Europe and Asia. In the summer of 2021, it was detected in the Caribbean, the closest it has ever been to the U.S. mainland. Recent estimates show that an outbreak of ASF in the U.S. could cost upwards of $50 billion to the U.S. economy.

“The United Soybean Board has partnered with the swine and feed industries since 2015 to ensure a long-term, sustainable and biosecure swine supply chain—including investment in development of a risk-free ASFv surrogate, the investigation of feed mitigants, virus survival in transportation and virus survival during the feed milling process,” said Philip Good, USB’s Demand Action Team chair and a Mississippi farmer. “Our collaborative investments help ensure that the U.S. swine supply chain is prepared and able to minimize risk from foreign animal diseases.”

About ANAC
The Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) is the national trade association of the Canadian livestock feed industry. Originally formed in 1929 under the name Canadian Feed Manufacturers’ Association, ANAC has been representing the Canadian feed industry for nearly 100 years. ANAC advocates on behalf of the feed industry with government regulators and policymakers to foster a favourable business environment for its members. As an international partner in sustainable animal nutrition, the association promotes and enables the highest standards of feed and food safety in Canada. Our members include feed and ingredient manufacturers and distributors, as well as suppliers of a wide range of goods and services to the feed industry. Taken together, ANAC’s membership represents 90 percent of commercial feed manufactured in Canada.

About IFEEDER 

Founded in 2009 by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Institute for Feed Education and Research is a 501 (c)(3) public charity and is a critical link in the ever-evolving food supply chain. Serving as a champion for the animal food industry, IFEEDER supports critical education and research initiatives that ensure consumers have access to a safe, healthy and sustainable food supply. IFEEDER focuses its work in two primary areas: funding critical animal feed and pet food research to support AFIA’s legislative and regulatory positions, and developing appropriate messaging for policymakers, consumer influencers and stakeholders which highlights the industry’s positive contributions to the availability of safe, wholesome and affordable food, and the preservation of our natural resources. 

About USB
United Soybean Board’s 78 volunteer farmer-leaders work on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers to achieve maximum value for their soy checkoff investments. These volunteers create value by investing in research, education and promotion with the vision to deliver sustainable soy solutions to every life, every day across the three priority areas of Infrastructure & Connectivity, Health & Nutrition, and Innovation & Technology. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff. For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit unitedsoybean.org.

About SHIC
The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), launched by the National Pork Board in 2015 solely with Pork Checkoff funding, continues to focus efforts on prevention, preparedness, and response to novel and emerging swine disease for the benefit of U.S. swine health. As a conduit of information and research, SHIC encourages sharing of its publications and research. Forward, reprint, and quote SHIC material freely. SHIC is funded by America’s pork producers to fulfill its mission to protect and enhance the health of the U.S. swine herd. For more information, visit swinehealth.org or contact Dr. Sundberg at psundberg@swinehealth.org.

IFEEDER Launches Industrywide Sustainability Project

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), along with The Context Network, officially launched a project this month to develop a sustainability road map for the animal food industry. The road map will support the advancement of both corporate sustainability programs and climate-smart initiatives with key stakeholders. Through industry and stakeholder assessment, IFEEDER will evaluate risks and opportunities within each animal food industry segment to determine the extent of support to be mapped and further developed.

“Our recent conversations with member companies about their sustainability programs have illuminated the fact that everyone in our industry – no matter where they are at in their sustainability journeys – wants to do more to help their customers achieve their climate pledges and meet changing consumer expectations,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER’s executive director. “By leveraging the expertise of The Context Network, our goal is to use research and analysis to identify and advance strategies and tools our members can use to improve their sustainability programs and meet the needs of their stakeholders.”

The road map development will be conducted in three phases, with the first phase focusing on developing a gap analysis to understand the barriers preventing companies from launching or measuring progress on sustainability programs and mapping the stakeholders impacted by industry initiatives. The second phase will be to conduct qualitative and quantitative research by working with select scientific advisors focused on environmental sustainability in the feed industry along with AFIA members and key supply chain advisors. The last phase will be developing key findings, tools and strategies the industry can use to advance their sustainability programs and communicate their vision to key influencers.

A good sustainability road map will enable all members of the U.S. feed and pet food industry to collaboratively make progress on issues that are important to them, their customers and the communities they operate in,” said Matt Sutton-Vermeulen, principal of The Context Network. “That means companies that have yet to begin their sustainability journeys will have an ‘on-ramp’ to get up to speed, while other companies with mature sustainability programs will be able to stay on track to make continuous improvements.”

IFEEDER continues to seek partners willing to join in the sustainability road map project, which is one part of its multifaceted strategies to advance understanding and trust in a sustainable animal food industry. To date, Arm and Hammer Animal and Food Production, Animix, LLC, Anipro/Xtraformance Feeds, Belstra Milling, Berg+Schmidt America, LLC, Bill Barr & Company, Inc., CJ Bio America, Inc., ED&F Man Liquid Products LLC, Elanco Animal Health, Kemin, The Mosaic Company, United Animal Health, Inc., Westway Feed Products and Zinpro Corporation have joined the effort.

More about IFEEDER’s sustainability road map project, including recent webinars with The Context Network, can be found at ifeeder.org/sustainability/.

Founded in 2009 by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Institute for Feed Education and Research is a 501 (c)(3) public charity and is a critical link in the ever-evolving food supply chain. Serving as a champion for the animal food industry, IFEEDER supports critical education and research initiatives that ensure consumers have access to a safe, healthy and sustainable food supply. IFEEDER focuses its work in two primary areas: funding critical animal feed and pet food research to support AFIA’s legislative and regulatory positions, and developing appropriate messaging for policymakers, consumer influencers and stakeholders which highlights the industry’s positive contributions to the availability of safe, wholesome and affordable food, and the preservation of our natural resources.

The Context Network is the premier global agribusiness business management and strategy consulting firm, providing services to the world’s leading agriculture, biotechnology and food companies.  Through its broad-ranging set of associates and dynamic network of experts, Context assembles best in class project teams dedicated to delivering customer value across both global and local markets in food, fuel and fiber.

USDA Funds Scientific Collaboration to Reduce Methane Emissions in Dairy Operations

New Project to conduct on-Farm trials of innovative feed management strategies

The Nature Conservancy, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and the Institute for Feed Education and Research are launching a three-year project to explore innovative feed management strategies that can reduce enteric methane emissions in dairy cattle. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a $537,440 award for this project through its Conservation Innovation Grants On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trial program. With project partner resource contributions, the project will total more than $800,000.

Working with up to 10 dairy farms in Michigan and Wisconsin, this project will combine on-farm trials and demonstrations of emerging technologies with strategic engagement of critical stakeholders including farmers, farm advisors, industry, carbon market players, and regulators for scaling the adoption of feed management strategies. The project will provide direct financial support to participating farmers to cover their costs of participation and as a direct incentive to participate.

Each organization will have a key role in the project:

  • The Nature Conservancy will oversee project management and lead producer and stakeholder survey efforts to inform project deliverables and corresponding outreach, education, and engagement.
  • The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will lead the on-farm trials and demonstrations and oversee outreach and communication of project findings.
  • The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) will develop and manage the industry and scientific expert panel to provide technical review and insights as well as manage a third party to undertake the on-farm trial economic assessment.

“The opportunity to work directly with farmers to test out feed management strategies, including the use of additives, and gain more insights, both scientific and anecdotal, will help the industry scale the adoption of climate-smart practices that are good for the planet and financially advantageous for operators,” said Alisha Staggs, dairy program manager for The Nature Conservancy in North America. “Our project will help inform greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for cattle, Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, and the development of protocols for measuring enteric emissions—all in service of mitigating one of U.S. dairy’s largest emission sources.”

Methane emissions—from a variety of sources including oil and gas, coal, agriculture and landfills—comprise one-fifth of all man-made greenhouse (GHG) emissions, with enteric methane emissions accounting for 25% of cradle-to-grave GHG emissions by the U.S. dairy sector. Given the ambitious goal of the recent agreement between the United States and the European Union to reduce overall methane emissions by 30% by 2030, this project could help U.S. dairy operations reduce emissions, which in turn, could have a significant impact across the industry.

“Feed rations and feed additives can significantly impact the carbon footprint associated with dairy, livestock and poultry production, and the feed industry is integral to developing and supporting these strategies for reduced GHG emissions on farms,” said Lara Moody, executive director of IFEEDER. “This project will support efforts to advance the use of these solutions through more informed on-farm and stakeholder decision making and is part of IFEEDER’s long-term approach to supporting sustainability efforts across the animal protein sector.”

Feed management, including additives, to reduce emissions is gaining interest as an approach to reduce the dairy industry’s carbon footprint. However, the strategies are not widely used within USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, nor do project currently exist to generate credits within carbon markets, making it difficult to support an economic case for adoption. This project aims to better understand the barriers to adoption and overcome those barriers by sharing on-trial results, economic assessments and scientific insights to better inform NRCS programming and engage a wide spectrum of key stakeholders to scale adoption via private and public sector-supported pathways.

The partners are conducting this effort in support of the U.S. Dairy’s Net Zero Initiative (NZI), a five-year, collaborative effort launched in 2020, which includes research, on-farm pilots and partner-based strategies to develop a pathway on-farm to reaching the 2050 environmental stewardship goals set by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. NZI seeks to accelerate voluntary action to reduce environmental impacts by making sustainable practices and technologies more accessible and affordable to U.S. dairy farms of all sizes and geographies.

“Enteric methane mitigation is not a novel field of research but demonstrating that the most promising options are effective on-farm is critical to the widescale adoption necessary to meet the dairy industry’s environmental goals,” says Dr. Juan Tricarico, vice president for sustainability research at the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Dairy operations exist across the 50 U.S. states and are an integral part of the global food system. By exploring innovative feed management strategies and engaging key stakeholders, this collaborative project seeks to close scientific gaps and inform industrywide practices that will reduce dairy’s environmental footprint, while ensuring operations are sustainable.

“The livestock sector is a crucial part of the agriculture system,” said Staggs. “This project will advance innovative techniques that will deliver tangible outcomes for the good of the environment, farmers and, ultimately, consumers.”

AFIA, IFEEDER Welcome Emily Igli

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) are pleased to announce the addition of Emily Anne Igli as the new development and operations specialist, effective July 12.

Igli will provide tactical support for Constance Cullman, AFIA’s president and CEO, and Lara Moody, IFEEDER’s executive director, as well as facilitating Board operations and donor stewardship. She will also support the IFEEDER Board of Trustees and deliver reports on fundraising efforts and results, while working closely with the IFEEDER executive director to establish and implement the overall strategic direction for the public charity. Additionally, she will work closely with the AFIA communications team, developing strategies for a development presence in all communications and marketing. 

Emily Igli

“Emily’s past experience in agricultural government relations and interest in sustainability makes her an excellent asset to the AFIA team,” said Cullman. “I’m thrilled to welcome her and I look forward to seeing the new perspective and expertise she will bring to our association and industry research arm.”

Bringing a wealth of experience from the interpersonal facets of various business organizations, Igli values the importance of quality communication while fostering creativity and tangible sustainability in the workplace. Prior to joining the AFIA and IFEEDER, Igli learned the ins and outs of corporate agriculture as she completed a professional clerkship with Tyson Foods in their legal and federal government relations department. 

Igli holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from the University of Arkansas. She can be reached at (703) 558-3577.

IFEEDER Board Working to Advance Industry’s Sustainability Journey

ARLINGTON, Va. – May 12, 2021 – This week, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) held its annual Board of Trustees meeting to review the public charity’s accomplishments over the past year, discuss strategic priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and install new trustees and Board leadership.

“Animal agriculture has an important voice in the heightened conversations on climate change and sustainability. Within the animal food industry, important innovations and game-changing solutions are being advanced to ensure a healthy environment and clean air and water while ensuring a safe and nutritious food supply,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER’s executive director. “To ensure industry efforts are recognized and utilized to achieve the desired outcomes, the IFEEDER Board is committed to filling research and knowledge gaps as well as developing tools to advance sustainable actions.”

The Board supports incorporating a strategy focused on advancing solutions and being a resource for the animal food industry’s sustainability journey. A key project this year includes developing a road map for industry members to determine their environmental footprints, pursue climate change mitigation strategies and communicate continuous improvement efforts.

Scott Druker

As part of the business meeting, the trustees recognized Tim Belstra, of Belstra Milling Co., for his leadership as Board chair for the 2020-21 IFEEDER fiscal year and installed Scott Druker, Ph.D., of Church & Dwight Company, Inc., as the new chair for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The IFEEDER Board voted to accept the nomination of John Metzger, of Elanco Animal Health, as its vice chair for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

With the installation of three new trustees (noted with asterisks), the IFEEDER Board of Trustees now includes: Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling Co.; Partha Bora of Wilbur-Ellis; Leah Dorman, D.V.M., of Phibro Animal Health Corporation; Scott Druker, Ph.D., of Church & Dwight Company, Inc.; Kevin Halpin, Ph.D., of International Ingredient Corporation; Steve Lerner, Ph.D., of Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition; Joe Lucas of CJ Bio America, Inc.; Mark Lueking of Cargill Animal Nutrition; Ashley McDonald of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; and John Metzger of Elanco Animal Health.

IFEEDER would like to recognize and thank the following outgoing Board members for their support and service: Eduardo Galo of Novus International, Inc.; Michael Goble of Diamond V; Chad Risley, Ph.D., of Berg+Schmidt America, LLC; and A. Wayne Rod of The F.L. Emmert Company.

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IFEEDER Welcomes New Executive Director Lara Moody

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) is pleased to announce the addition of Lara Moody as its new executive director, effective April 30. Moody will provide visionary leadership to IFEEDER’s activities including program development, strategic partnerships and collaborative resourcing. Working closely with IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees and committee members, she will develop and support resources and related efforts to advance the public charity’s research and education mission. Collaborating with the American Feed Industry Association to pursue and communicate the institute’s work, she will create opportunities to engage donors and further the dialogue on important issues impacting the feed industry.

“As the animal food industry evolves, innovates and works to address emerging global challenges, we need visionary leadership to ask the tough questions, provide reliable data and research and engage with stakeholders and the food chain to advance solutions and understand the issues that impact our business,” said IFEEDER’s President and AFIA’s President and CEO Constance Cullman. “Lara’s demonstrated thought leadership, experience building initiatives and programs, background in sustainability and success in managing industry and academic research programs, will position IFEEDER to successfully fulfill its research and education focus for the future.”

Moody joined IFEEDER from The Fertilizer Institute, where she served as the vice president of stewardship and sustainability. In this position, she led the development and implementation of The Fertilizer Institute’s programs to increase the use and adoption of fertilizer best management practices and oversaw sustainability initiatives related to fertilizer production and its use in the field. Moody has also worked in research and extension programs at Iowa State University and the University of Tennessee.

Moody holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and master’s degree in biosystems engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She can be reached at lmoody@afia.org or (703) 650-0148.