Catalyzing Feed Systems Sustainability by Engaging the Full Value Chain
September 28-29, 2022 in Milwaukee, WI
The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are bringing together the full feed value chain, including upstream and downstream entities, to advance the discussion around four critical components of sustainable feed systems:
The summit will convene 30-40 diverse stakeholders to catalyze action around a shared vision for sustainable feed systems. We are not creating a new multi-stakeholder roundtable or attempting to define sustainability for the feed sector, rather, we are enabling a pre-competitive environment of feed sustainability to support animal supply chain needs to ensure efforts are:
- Grounded in science and aligned to societal ambitions around climate and nature (e.g., science-based targets and FLAG).
- Anchored on industry investments into existing tools and collaborations (e.g., IFEEDER’s Sustainability Road Map).
- Informing value chain sustainability frameworks.
- Creating value and opportunity for stakeholders to support more sustainable protein (from sourcing to innovation).
Through case studies curated to inform the discussion and virtual sessions held in advance of the summit, we’ll engage feed manufacturers, ingredient producers, protein companies, researchers, nongovernmental organizations and others along the feed value chain to inform a sustainable feed system vision.
Organizations can participate in the in-person event by sponsoring, submitting a case study or by invitation to ensure participation across the full feed value chain. In the months preceding the event, the partners will offer three, no-cost webinars exploring topics impacting feed system sustainability efforts and will make a portion of the in-person event available virtually.
Summer Virtual Session Registration
Join the Institute for Feed Education and Research and World Wildlife Fund for our summer webinar series as we explore topics impacting feed system sustainability.
Webinar 1: Animal Feed – The Secret Ingredient for Meeting Food Company Sustainability Targets
During this webinar, we discussed the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) and the upcoming Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) guidance for food and feed companies. We also heard from McDonald’s and United Dairymen Arizona regarding how feed fits into their science-based targets and implementation plans. Speakers included Christa Anderson, Director of Climate Science and Carbon Metrics, World Wildlife Fund; Kendra Levine, Director of U.S. Sustainability, McDonald’s; and Brandon Clark, Business and Sustainability Analyst, United Dairymen Arizona.
Webinar 2: LCAs- Should Your Products Have One?
August 16, 2022 | 2 – 3 p.m. ET
During this webinar we’ll explore why lifecycle assessments (LCAs) and high-quality data are getting so much attention, how they can be a resource for corporate decision making, and what resource the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) is developing as a database and tool in the animal food sector. Speakers include Tom Battagliese, Senior Manager Global Sustainability Metrics, BASF; Martin Guthrie, Corporate Director of Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, Darling Ingredients; and Erica Lain, Sustainability Manager, Iowa Select Farm .
Webinar 3: Feeding Future Sustainable Protein Systems
September 15, 2022 | 2 – 3 p.m. ET
During this webinar we’ll gain awareness and understanding of various protein sector sustainability targets and ways that feed production and feed products can contribute to shared goals. Speakers include Samantha Werth, Ph.D., executive director for the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef; Suzanne Vold, Minnesota dairy farmer and member of Dairy Management Inc.’s board and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Environmental Stewardship Committee; and Ashley McDonald, vice president of sustainability at the National Pork Board; and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs (invited).
Request for Case Studies and Submission
IFEEDER and WWF are calling for case studies from a diverse selection of companies representing the feed supply chain. Case studies should demonstrate feed relevant activities across the supply chain relative to the sustainability pillars: people, planet, and governance. Selected case studies will be highlighted during the Summit. Gathering perspectives and exploring challenges and opportunities through case studies generated from those already on a sustainability journey will help elucidate needs to be addressed.
Case studies should provide insights that can advance action around the four summit themes (circularity, innovation, regenerative agriculture, and responsible sourcing). The case studies will provide an opportunity to understand key learnings of what went well and/or what could have been better to catalyze future action across the value chain. Case studies are not designed or intended to be a platform to promote a service or product.
For more information or to claim a sponsorship opportunity, please contact: