LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Dear Friends:

Bold ideas, strategic action and meaningful conversations are the hallmark of what has made the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) a success and is how it will continue to do so in the coming years.

This year, we have already seen big changes with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our businesses and industry. Continuing to help the public trust that the animal food chain is safe, resilient and operates in an ethical and environmentally friendly manner will be paramount to ensuring our continued license to operate.

Everyone from regulators to decision makers and consumer influencers will be watching closely and seeking more information about where their food comes from and how it is produced. Not only will they want safe, nutritious and affordable food for their families, but they will want to ensure that it aligns with their values.

When they read sensational headlines or hear negative information about our industry, it greatly shapes their food choices and purchases, and policymakers and retailers listen. At IFEEDER, we know the U.S. animal food industry has a good story to tell. We are working to:

  • Ensure scientific evidence drives national policies on the animal food industry, not misinformation or fear. One thing we’ve learned from the coronavirus pandemic is that Americans are much more receptive to scientific fact than we previously thought.
  • Fill research gaps so we can do our jobs more efficiently and promote good animal health; and
  • Develop communication strategies with committed partners that allow us to discuss our shared values with decision makers and consumer influencers.

Those of us in the animal food industry know that we are part of the solution to environmental issues such as climate change. And we know that animal protein should remain part of a balanced nutritious diet. Documenting these points through research and developing messages for key audiences will allow us to reposition the animal food industry as a solution provider – and not the problem to be fixed – to issues like climate change and dietary choice.

I look forward to the Board of Trustees developing a five-year strategic plan to guide our work into the future. We will be reaching out to many of you for your ideas, reflections and recommendations about how we best support and represent you.

We need to be there as a collective group to support IFEEDER, your industry charity. IFEEDER provides valuable resources that each of us can use in our own way. I ask each of you, in your own way, to determine how you can best support the work of IFEEDER so that it can continue to be a voice and a partner for the American Feed Industry Association.

I look forward to helping the industry find ways to invest in its future and the future of IFEEDER. I also look forward to reporting to you on the IFEEDER’s successes in the coming year.

Sincerely,

Tim Belstra
IFFEDER Chair 2020-21

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees is fully committed to ensure that the foundation supports critical education and research activities that assure consumers a safe, healthy and sustainable food supply. Each Trustee believes in IFEEDER and encourages you to consider supporting the foundation.

Tim Belstra

Belstra Milling Company
Board of Trustees Chair 2020-21

Tim

Mike Goble

Diamond V
Board of Trustees Vice Chair 2020-21

Mike

Scott Druker

Church & Dwight

Scott

Ed Galo

Novus International, Inc.

Ed

Kevin Halpin

International Ingredients Corporation 

Kevin

Steve Lerner

Chr. Hansen Animal Health & Nutrition

Steve

Joe Lucas

CJ Bio America, Inc.

Joe

Mark Lueking

Cargill Animal Nutrition

Mark

John Metzger

Elanco Animal Health

John

Chad Risley, Ph.D.

Berg & Schmidt America LLC
Chair of Research Committee

Chad

A. Wayne Rod

The F.L. Emmert Company

Wayne

STAFF

To learn more about IFEEDER, contact any of the staff below at (703) 524-0810.

Constance Cullman

Robert Cooper

Executive Director

Robert Cooper

Sarah Novak

Secretary

Sarah Novak

Andy Timmins

Treasurer

Andy Timmins

Bridget Rinker

Development Assistant

Bridget Rinker

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

IFEEDER’s Research Committee is important to the foundation’s success. These talented individuals provide a diligent and systematic review of the various proposals submitted to IFEEDER and select the projects that are funded. The Research Committee also gains the additional insight and input from the broader Research Advisory Committee in identifying critical research gaps in the IFEEDER research priorities.

Chad Risley, Ph.D.

Berg & Schmidt America LLC
Chair of Research Committee

Chad

Eric Altom, Ph.D.

Balchem

Eric

Elliot Block, Ph.D.

Church & Dwight

Elliot

David Butler

Alltech

David

Paul Davis, Ph.D.

American Feed Industry Association
Staff Liaison

Paul Davis

Marc de Beer, Ph.D.

Aviagen

Marc

Tom Earleywine, Ph.D.

Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Company

Tom Earleywine

C. Ross Hamilton, Ph.D.

Darling Ingredients, Inc.

C. Ross

Jolene Hoke

ADM Animal Nutrition, Inc.

Jolene Hoke

Joan Kasprzycki-Strauss

Omega Protein, Inc.

Joan Kasprzycki

James La Marta, Ph.D.

DSM Nutritional Products

James La Marta

Mike Lennox

Kentucky Equine Research, Inc.

Mike Lennox

Steve Lerner, Ph.D.

Chr. Hansen

Steve

Jennifer Luchte

Green Field Solutions

Jennifer

Jon Nelson

Southeastern Minerals, Inc.

Jon Nelson

Janet Remus, Ph.D.

DuPont

Janet Remus

Scott Ringger

United Animal Health

Scott

Rob Shirley

Addiseo

Rob

Scott Snyder, Ph.D.

Ziegler Feed

Scott

MARKETING AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE

IFEEDER’s Marketing and Education Committee is vital to the foundation’s success. As it becomes more and more important to share our message with people not involved in agriculture, these passionate individuals help provide counsel and direction to the foundation.

Cathy Bandyk, Ph.D.

Westway Feed Products LLC
Chair of Marketing and Education Committee

Cathy Bandyk

Eric Arnold

Bill Barr & Company, Inc.

Eric Arnold

Scott Oler

Adisseo USA, Inc.

Scott Oler

Dean Warras

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Dean Warras

Sarah Novak

American Feed Industry Association
Staff Liaison

Sarah Novak

Kevin Halpin

International Ingredient Corporation

Kevin Halpin