IFEEDER Board Building Buzz on Research, Education Initiatives

IFEEDER Board of Trustees Class 2023-24.

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

“The value IFEEDER brings to the industry through its research and education efforts is getting noticed,” said IFEEDER Board Chair Mike Schuster with Laidig Systems. “The buzz is growing, we’re getting better known and our conversations with members are more fruitful. Even if they aren’t engaged in sustainability, they are getting to know IFEEDER a bit better.”

As part of the business meeting, the trustees recognized Schuster for his leadership as Board chair for the 2022-23 IFEEDER fiscal year, which ended April 30, and installed for the 2023-24 fiscal year Mike Gauss of Kent Nutrition Group as the new chair and Paul Phillips of Maxi-Lift Inc./Southwest Agri-Plastics as vice chair. Steve Lerner, Ph.D., of Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition, will chair the IFEEDER Research Committee and Leah Dorman, D.V.M., of Phibro Animal Health Corp., will chair the IFEEDER Education and Engagement Committee.

With the installation of four new trustees (noted with asterisks*), the IFEEDER Board of Trustees now includes: John Akridge*, MFA Incorporated; Partha Bora, Wilbur-Ellis Company; Dorman; Gauss; Courtney Hall*, CHS Inc.; Jamee Krug*, Elanco Animal Health; Lerner; Scott Lovin, AgState; Ashley McDonald, National Pork Board; Phillips; and Juan Tricarico*, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. IFEEDER would like to recognize and thank the following outgoing trustees for their service: Gisele Santos-Bin, BASF Corporation; Kevin Halpin, Ph.D., International Ingredient Corporation; Joe Lucas, CJ Bio America, Inc.; John Metzger, Elanco Animal Health; and Mike Schuster of Laidig Systems, Inc.

IFEEDER Seeks Partners for Second Phase of Sustainability Project

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) announced today that it is moving forward with the second phase of its Sustainability Road Map Project, which has played a pivotal role in helping dozens of U.S. animal food companies start or advance their sustainability journeys. Now, IFEEDER is seeking partners to strategically implement many objectives identified in the first project phase around data and information management, sustainability research, life cycle assessments (LCA) and educational resources and training.

“When IFEEDER initially launched the Sustainability Road Map project, we knew full well that our understanding of the industry’s sustainability efforts might change and we could uncover more questions than we had answers for,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER executive director. “While it is certain that many knowledge gaps remain, we have the resolve and support of many industry partners who are now looking to deliver measurable, continuous improvements on the impacts related to people, planet and governance that are most important to them and their stakeholders.”

During the project’s first phase, IFEEDER and the Sustainability Roadmap Advisory Committee worked with The Context Network to conduct industry research and develop several new industry resources, including a definition for “sustainability” for IFEEDER and a toolkit of insights and resources to help companies establish their internal sustainability programs, respond to stakeholders’ requests and communicate their sustainability stories. The insights from the toolkit led to the identification of several knowledge and data gaps that stymie the industry’s ability to collectively make meaningful progress reducing its environmental footprint and being responsive to the needs of its shareholders, customers and other stakeholders.

In the second phase of the project, IFEEDER and The Context Network will work with committed animal food industry partners to:

  • Pursue alignment and industrywide consistency in how data is measured, reported and verified across key indicators and metrics important to the industry and its customers.
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the use of LCAs so the industry and its customers can make strides in meeting their sustainability goals.
  • Quantify and communicate the environmental benefits of innovations (e.g., in animal food ration development, ingredients and additives) that will support stakeholders in meeting their corporate sustainability pledges.
  • Develop a 2.0 version of its Animal Food Industry Sustainability Toolkit, with resources and value propositions clearly identified for each segment within the U.S. animal food value chain.

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 get involved, visit ifeeder.org.

IFEEDER Releases Materials to Support Industry Sustainability Progress

The U.S. animal food industry is poised to collaborate with and address the future sustainability needs of its customers, thanks in part to new tools unveiled today at the International Production & Processing Expo. The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) released its Animal Food Industry Sustainability Toolkit, intended to drive continuous improvement among the full feed value chain. IFEEDER also shared its definition for “sustainability,” grounding the public charity’s next steps on its multifaceted Sustainability Road Map project.

“Animal food industry members have indicated they are ready and willing to support broader sustainability goals within the food and agriculture community, but their ability to make measurable progress on areas important to their customers and suppliers is at times hindered by not knowing where to start,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER executive director. “Now, we have provided an ‘on ramp’ for them to help achieve leadership buy-in and employee engagement so that sustainability becomes part of their corporate cultures and shapes future business decisions.”

By leveraging the expertise of The Context Network and animal food industry members and stakeholders, IFEEDER developed a toolkit that equips feed grain and oilseed processors, animal feed and pet food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and equipment manufacturers with guidance and reference materials to support them in their sustainability journeys. Stakeholder interviews about what sustainability metrics the industry should track and be responsible for led to the development of three key pillars:

  • People: feed safety and food safety, human capital, human health and wellness, social good and helping communities, and worker safety.
  • Planet: energy usage, greenhouse gases, land, marine and resource use, waste, water quality, and water usage.
  • Governance: accountability, legal, regulatory and institutional compliance, stakeholders and shareholder engagement, shareholder rights and transparency.

The toolkit materials, which are supported by 18 months of research and development, are grouped into three stages to support those companies getting started, making progress and reporting out on their set targets and goals. It includes practical tools and resources, such as how to conduct a materiality assessment, a scientific literature review of what the global feed industry has done to date to support broader environmental goals, insights into building the sustainability business case, message mapping to help members communicate their stories to their key audiences and more.

As part of the Sustainability Road Map project, IFEEDER defined “sustainability” for the U.S. animal food industry as “defined and managed by each individual organization to deliver measurable, continuous improvements on the impacts related to people, planet and governance that are most important to them and their stakeholders.”The definition provides guidance for industry and flexibility to meet the definition needs for themselves and their customers.

“We know that industry member sustainability efforts will evolve and with them, so will our tools,” Moody said. “However, with the launch of this industrywide suite of materials, we now have a solid starting point, thanks to the 23 companies who partnered with us to show the U.S. animal food industry is committed to reducing its environmental impact and helping consumers feel good about where their food comes from.”

Input into the Sustainability Road Map project and supporting toolkit were provided by the following companies who also provided monetary contributions for this effort: Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production/Church & Dwight Company; Animix, LLC; Anipro/Xtraformance Nutrition; BASF Corporation; Bayer CropScience LP; Belstra Milling Co.; Berg+Schmidt America, LLC; Bill Barr & Company, Inc.; Cargill; CJ Bio America, Inc.; Darling Ingredients; DSM Nutritional Products; ED&F Man Liquid Products LLC; Elanco Animal Health; Kemin Industries, Inc.; International Ingredient Corporation; ILC Resources; The Mosaic Company; Sustainable Oils, Inc.; United Animal Health, Inc.; Western Milling; Westway Feed Products and Zinpro Corporation. The toolkit is available for free to AFIA members and IFEEDER donors on IFEEDER’s website and available for purchase to nonmembers in AFIA’s Online Store. AFIA members and IFEEDER donors are invited to register for a member webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. ET to learn more about how to use the toolkit.

Industry Stakeholders Convene to Advance Feed Sustainability

ARLINGTON, Va. – Oct. 18, 2022 – The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) hosted industry stakeholders September 28-29 at Chr. Hansen in Milwaukee, Wis., to collaboratively identify ways to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction and other commitments (e.g., water, land use change, biodiversity) important to the animal food industry and its customers through continuous improvements in feed systems.

“We all have a role to play to advance sustainability within the feed system, yet we recognize that many companies are at different stages of their journeys,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER executive director. “At the summit, we identified the ‘must haves,’ what barriers stand in the way, what opportunities exist, what partnerships or collaborations need to be established, and what we can do together to make meaningful progress.”

At the Feed Systems Sustainability Summit, attendees shared their experiences and best practices for collaborating to incorporate sustainability into their companies’ culture, strategies and services. The attendees collectively identified: a need for consistent definitions and standards; flexible and adaptable implementation; established sound science and innovation; and the ability to communicate sustainability stories as keys to achieving success.

  • Enhancing or creating data systems and their components to clarify and quantify the role and impact of feed ingredients in achieving GHG emissions reductions and other commitments.
  • Creating broader understanding of the unique value proposition feed sustainability has for each actor in the value chain.
  • Continuing to share insights and case studies to build awareness and interest in activating feed systems as a climate solution.

“It was great to launch this summit to shine a spotlight on feed. There is a sense of urgency needed to work within animal food systems on solutions to climate change and animal feed plays such critical role,” said Courtney Hall, director of sustainable protein systems at the WWF-US. “It will be important to seize upon the momentum from the summit and find ways to accelerate and scale.”

An in-depth review of the Feed Systems Sustainability Summit findings will be provided by project partners on Nov. 16 in Glendale, Ariz., at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit during a session titled, “Activating Solutions to Meet the Need for Feed.”

IFEEDER and WWF thank Chr. Hansen for hosting the summit and innovation tour made possible by the following sponsors Bayer, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Syngenta, BASF, Cargill and Elanco Animal Health.

IFEEDER Releases 2021-22 Annual Update

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) released its 2021-22 annual update this week, providing financial and project highlights for the 501(c)(3) public charity.

“It could be argued that the past year was one of the most important for the Institute for Feed Education and Research since its inception,” said Mike Schuster of Laidig Systems, Inc. and IFEEDER Board chair 2022-23. “The vision and commitment of the American Feed Industry Association leadership, along with a strong level of energy generated by IFEEDER’s new executive director, has placed IFEEDER on an exciting path for the future.”

The annual update provides details on several IFEEDER research and education projects, including on the topics of:

  • Advancing the feed industry’s sustainability initiatives;
  • Improving feed management strategies and animal diets to boost production efficiency and reduce environmental impacts;
  • Preparing for a potential African swine fever outbreak; and
  • Examining the costs and benefits of sourcing genetically modified-free ingredients.

In addition to those and other project updates, the report highlights IFEEDER’s support of two funds – the Kenny Berg Research and Education Fund and the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee’s Scholarship Fund. The report is available at ifeeder.org/annual-update.

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.


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.