ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)’s Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) turned 10 years old April 17, 2019. A look back at the organization’s progress shows valuable high-priority research and education projects provided scientific information to key decisionmakers in the animal food industry, as well as to consumers.
“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 VP 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.”
IFEEDER has invested $1.4 million in 33 research and education projects; raised more than $3.8 million to support industry initiatives; used 100% of contributions and spent $0 in administrative fees to fund projects; leveraged $5 for every $1 donated; used leveraged funds in more than 80% of its projects; and awarded scholarships to prospective animal food industry students.
Other efforts included benchmarking the industry’s environmental impact, supporting FSMA compliance, working to streamline the regulatory process for reviewing new ingredients, and measuring the industry’s economic impact, among other accomplishments.
Read a comprehensive list of top projects IFEEDER accomplished between 2009 and 2019. Learn more about the organization at www.ifeeder.org.
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