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ASSOCIATIONS
AMERICAN
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FEED INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Promising advocacy, representation and support to
industry members in times of turbulence or calm.
Regulatory hurdles, economic stressors and trade opportunities
are all top of mind for the American Feed
Industry Association (AFIA) as it helps the industry
navigate shifting conditions and unprecedented disruptions
across the animal feed and pet food industries.
These priorities are emphasized through the association's
continued advocacy for animal health and wellness,
trade, industry sustainability, food and employee
safety, education, research, and engagement.
AFIA's membership consists of more than 650 domestic
and international companies, including pet food and
feed manufacturers, ingredient and equipment suppliers,
and industry-adjacent businesses. According to the
AFIA, more than 75% of US animal feed and roughly
70% of non-whole grain ingredients in the country are
manufactured by its members.
The AFIA strives to give a voice to decisionmakers
on Capitol Hill or at the regulatory agencies on legislative
and regulatory matters and provide key insights
on timely topics affecting these industries. The AFIA
also offers confidential expertise to its members, as
well as opportunities for training and education, professional
development, and networking throughout
the year.
" A cornerstone of the AFIA is its four promises to
membership: Voice, Representation, Expertise and
Engagement, " wrote Mike Schuster, immediate past
chair at the AFIA and vice president of sales at Laidig
Systems, Inc., in AFIA's 2021-2022 State of the US
Animal Food Industry Report, which was published in
late August. " In my year as board chair, it was gratifying
to watch these promises fulfilled by the outstanding
work of the association. The past year saw impressive
progress on many issues important to the membership
and our industry. "
In its latest State of the US Animal Food Industry
Report, the AFIA reiterated its mission, vision and values,
and provided updates on the current business climate,
feed and food safety, industry competitiveness
and trade, sustainability, and educational and networking
opportunities past, present and future.
" Disruptions in the supply chain will inevitably stay
with us throughout 2022 and unfortunately into 2023,
but so too will our commitment to work with industry
partners and governments around the world to resolve
bottlenecks, identify new opportunities and navigate
the global uncertainties posed by pandemics, production
shortages and political unrest, " wrote Constance
Cullman, president and chief executive officer of the
AFIA, in the report.
Over the last year, the AFIA has made headway on
several of these issues. Pressure on the Biden administration
contributed to the passage of the Ocean Shipping
Reform Act in June, which increases the authority of the
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to investigate unreasonable
fees and cargo refusals. The organization also
fought for the DRIVE-SAFE Act, a pilot program allowing
18- to 20-year-old drivers to obtain interstate licenses
for commercial trucking, which was included
in the Infrastructure Investment and
Jobs Act signed into law in November
2021.
Additionally, the AFIA joined
Pet Food Institute (PFI) and the
National Grain and Feed Association
(NGFA) in signing a letter urging the
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