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.

IFEEDER Releases 2019-20 Annual Report

ARLINGTON, Va. – Oct. 22, 2020 – The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) released its 2019-20 annual report this week, providing financial and project highlights for the 501(c)(3) public charity over the past year.

“The research and education work IFEEDER does to provide the facts in the face of all the misinformation and marketing hype being done today must continue. No matter what part of the animal food industry you are in, we all benefit from IFEEDER’s work,” said Bruce Crutcher, 2019-20 IFEEDER chair. “The research and education that it provides allows each of us to learn and grow. It helps each of us to make our businesses a little bit better than they were the year before. And it helps build trust and understanding of the feed industry’s role in producing safe, nutritious and affordable animal protein.”

The annual report provides details on several IFEEDER projects initiated over the past fiscal year, including:
• launching the Global Feed LCA Institute;
• supporting responsible agricultural communications;
• evaluating African swine fever biosecurity risks at feed mills; and
• quantifying the pet food industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy.

In addition to the project updates, the annual report details IFEEDER’s support of two funds – the Kenny Berg Research and Education Fund and the American Feed Industry Association’s Equipment Manufacturers Committee’s Scholarship Fund – and its priorities for the 2020-21 fiscal year, including developing an industry-wide sustainability roadmap, analyzing swine disease transmission through a dynamic modeling tool and examining the economic and sustainability impacts of non-genetically modified livestock and poultry feed. The report is available at ifeeder.org/annual-report.

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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.

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IFEEDER Seeks Contractor to Develop Feed Industry’s “Sustainability Road Map”

ARLINGTON, Va. – July 30, 2020 – This week, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) posted a request for proposals (RFP) for the first phase of a new research project it aims to conduct that will assist the feed industry in addressing sustainability in a comprehensive, consistent and strategic way. IFEEDER is accepting proposals until 5 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 31, 2020.

“Across the animal feed industry, we have seen companies take compelling action to reduce their environmental footprints and make a difference in their communities, but there are others that are understandably unsure of where to start,” said Robert Cooper, IFEEDER’s executive director. “At the direction of the IFEEDER Board of Trustees, through counsel and partnership with the leadership of the American Feed Industry Association and AFIA Sustainability Oversight Committee, we are working to fill that void by developing a clear strategy that member companies can use when building their internal sustainability programs.”

Specifically, IFEEDER is seeking a contractor that can help the feed industry:
• identify the sustainability risks and needs of AFIA’s members by segment (e.g., feed manufacturer vs. ingredient manufacturer, etc.);
• develop tools that AFIA’s members can use to enhance or build their own sustainability programs;
• clearly communicate and articulate sustainability for the American animal feed sector;
• target specific sustainability research topics to close knowledge gaps; and
• develop a “sustainability roadmap” that helps AFIA members and IFEEDER connect the industry’s overall sustainability story with the values of its stakeholders.
“Our goal with this project is to promote trust in the feed industry as a committed partner in bringing forward sustainable protein and dairy products to the marketplace,” Cooper said.

The request for proposals is designed for a 12-18 month research project, which will accomplish the first phase of the project. Based on the results, phase two of the project will implement the sustainability roadmap initiative. An RFP announcing the second phase of the project will be issued later.

The IFEEDER Research Committee will make the final selection of the contractor, to recommend to the Board for its approval, based on a competitive bidding and scoring process. Projects with matching funds or in-kind contributions will be given slightly higher priority.

Specific parameters, requirements and submission of the proposed research project can be found on IFEEDER’s website. Interested companies can contact Cooper at rcooper@afia.org for questions.

New Research Shows U.S. Pet Food Manufacturers Feed America’s Pets and Agricultural Economy, Reduce Food Waste

First-of-its-kind research finds that U.S. pet food manufacturers not only provide balanced, safe meals for America’s dogs and cats, but also stimulate the overall agricultural economy through the purchase of ingredients, labor and services from related industries. The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), North American Renderers Association (NARA) and Pet Food Institute (PFI) released a new, jointly funded report today detailing the purchasing power of the $30 billion pet food industry and its economic implications for U.S. agriculture and rural communities. The report also includes an in-depth review of the diverse ingredients most commonly included in dog or cat food. The full report is available online at ifeeder.org.

“This is the first time our three organizations – IFEEDER, NARA and PFI – have partnered using our unique expertise to address a knowledge gap on behalf of our members,” said Constance Cullman, IFEEDER president. “We were able to develop a comprehensive study that illustrates just how remarkable our industry is at feeding America’s cats and dogs, stimulating the rural economy and meeting its commitments to sustainability.”  

The research finds that U.S. pet food manufacturers give back to the agricultural economy by using 8.65 million tons of animal- and plant-based ingredients for dog and cat food to provide the complete nutrition that pets need, at a value of $6.9 billion. The data, compiled and presented by the economic research and analysis firm Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS), shows that pet food manufacturers use an estimated 3.8 million tons of animal-based products, such as rendered products or meat and poultry. Pet food manufacturers also use 4 million tons of farm and farm-product processor ingredients, such as grains, soy products and fruits and vegetables, and approximately 200,000 tons of seafood products. Many of these ingredients are left over from making food for people, such as parts of the animal that people do not eat, reducing food and environmental waste while still providing the nutrition pets need.

Pet food manufacturers produced approximately 10 million tons of dog and cat food in the one-year period studied between June 2018 and June 2019. The top five ingredients used in pet food, based on volume, were whole grains, poultry, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal and soybean meal. Among U.S. Department of Agriculture defined specialty crops – peas, beet pulp and sweet potatoes topped the list of leading ingredients. A review of pet food labels found more than 500 diverse ingredients used in pet food, indicating a variety of choices available for shoppers to meet their pets’ needs.

The research also showed that U.S. pet food manufacturers are buying many of their ingredients from America’s heartland, with the top five states being Missouri, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Ohio. Ingredients purchases reached almost $1 billion in Missouri alone. The purchase of these products from farmers and farmer-product processors stimulates additional upstream economic activity to other related agricultural industries via the multiplier effect. The exchange of pet food ingredients leads to the purchase of an additional $5.3 billion of important materials and services for farmers and farm processors, such as crop inputs, machinery and labor. In addition, those suppliers buy an additional $4.1 billion in services, equipment and labor to meet related needs.

“Two-thirds of U.S. households have a pet at home, meaning that the pet food industry not only plays an important role in the lives of more than 100 million families, but also for our country’s agricultural community,” said Dana Brooks, president and CEO of PFI. “This data is an important step in helping to quantify the economic value this industry brings to our economy and all of U.S. agriculture. As pet lovers, we’ve known the value that pets bring to our lives, but can now further confirm the significance of the entire pet food industry.”

The rendered protein ingredients that pet food manufacturers use to make pet food are highly sustainable. Rendering reduces food waste by transforming otherwise unused portions of an animal to create safe and nutritious pet food ingredients. The rendering process also naturally returns billions of gallons of water into the environment as clean water and has a greenhouse gas reduction equivalent of removing millions of cars off the road, all sustainable practices that are reflected in the finished pet food product.

“With pet parents’ growing interest in the sustainability and carbon footprint of their pets’ food, we feel it is important to highlight that the rendered protein ingredients in their pets’ food is not only nutritious but is also helping to reduce food waste,” said Nancy Foster, president and CEO of NARA. “While about half of an animal isn’t eaten by people, that food provides proteins that our pets crave due to the high nutrient content. Rendering takes that material, which would have otherwise been wasted in landfills or going down the drain, and transforms it into the safe and nutritious pet food that dogs and cats need.”

A full version of the report prepared by DIS, as well as an interactive map detailing economic projections at a state level, are available online at ifeeder.org.

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ABOUT INSTITUTE FOR FEED EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
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 PET FOOD INSTITUTE 
Since 1958, the Pet Food Institute has been the voice of the U.S. pet food and treat makers. PFI is the industry’s representative before Congress and state legislatures, as well as state and federal agencies; public education and media relations resource; organizer of seminars and educational programs; and liaison with other organizations. PFI represents the companies that make 98 percent of U.S. dog and cat food and treat products, an industry with more than $30 billion in U.S. retail sales and $1.62 billion in exports in 2019. Visit petfoodinstitute.org to learn more.  

ABOUT NARA
The North American Renderers Association (NARA) represents the interests of the North American rendering industry to regulatory and other governmental agencies, promotes the greater use of animal byproducts, and fosters the opening and expansion of trade between foreign buyers and North American exporters. In addition to its U.S.-based headquarters, the association maintains offices in Mexico and Hong Kong, and has market consultants in strategic locations around the world. NARA publishes a bi-monthly trade magazine, Render. For more information, visit NARA.org.

IFEEDER Supports Research on the Viral Transmission of Animal Diseases Through Feedstuffs

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), the American Feed Industry Association’s public charity, provided funds to a recently completed research project that provides new information to the animal food industry on how viruses can survive and spread through feedstuffs and details for mitigating risks to domestic swine herds. The research, conducted by the Swine Health Information Center, revises the information for feed holding times.

“In light of the recent outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) across China and parts of Europe, research like this is critically important for the feed industry so manufacturers have the best and latest information, which helps them improve their processes to keep their customers’ swine herds safe,” said Robert Cooper, IFEEDER executive director. “IFEEDER is proud to serve as a partner in this effort with the pork industry and looks forward to filling future research gaps that help the two industries work hand-in-hand to keep ASF and other foreign animal diseases out of this country.”

IFEEDER Celebrates 10 Years of Research, Education Projects

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) is proud to celebrate a decade of service to the animal food industry, conducting many high-priority research and education projects that protect the animal food industry’s license to operate and provide scientific-based information to decisionmakers and consumers so they can make informed policy and purchasing decisions.

“When the American Feed Industry Association incorporated IFEEDER in 2009, the Board saw the need for a charitable organization to be on the frontlines, helping the animal food industry navigate current challenges and develop opportunities to discuss the global feed industry’s sustainability initiatives,” said Lee Hall, IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees chair and vice president of Hallway Feeds. “It’s clear that over its 10 years, IFEEDER has filled voids in scientific research to help the animal food industry comply with changing federal regulations, guard against animal disease outbreaks, surpass sustainability targets and reach out to consumers who have questions about where their food comes from. IFEEDER has laid a great foundation over the past decade and I look forward to what’s to come.”

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