ARLINGTON, VA. — After announcing the decision to postpone its in-person 2020 Feed Industry Institute (FII), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has moved the event online. The virtual conference, scheduled from Aug. 17 to Sept. 23, will be a self-paced learning opportunity for members of the animal food manufacturing industry.

“The Feed Industry Institute is a great educational forum where people who are new to the livestock feed or pet food industries can learn more about the business of animal food from those who know it best – industry experts,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., director of quality, animal food safety and education for AFIA. "Our goal is that attendees not only understand how to manufacture high-quality animal food, but why doing so is so essential for animal productivity and well-being.”

Attendees may sign into the virtual conference beginning Aug. 17 to access nearly 30 lectures from animal food experts. Participants will have until Sept. 23 to view the content, at which point it will be closed following a live webinar to answer questions and provide a summary of presentations.

The virtual FII will also include quizzes, networking opportunities and private social media discussions.

“At AFIA, we recognize that COVID-19 has changed how we communicate with one another, but it should not be the stumbling block for those new to the industry looking to start their careers off on the right foot,” added Veronica Rovelli, senior director of meetings and events for AFIA. “We are committed to meeting people where they are – whether that be physically distanced or career stage – so they can learn the essentials, build their professional networks and put their best foot forward.”

Topics covered during the 2020 FII include animal food ingredients, federal regulations and policies, nutrition and physiology basics, medications and additives, processing techniques, international trade, consumer sentiments, and an overview of the pet food and feed industry in the United States.

Registration for the virtual FII is now open. Attendees who register before July 22 will receive a discounted rate.

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