Cooperation growing in global feed industry

by Susan Reidy
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Given the feed industry’s worldwide market, it’s important for all global players to cooperate on critical topics such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR), sustainability throughout the production process, and the development of universal standards, said Joel Newman, chief executive officer and president of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA).

In addition to his duties at AFIA, Newman is serving as the chairman of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) for 2016-17. He previously served as chair of IFIF’s policy committee and as a member of the IFIF board of directors.

World Grain spoke with Newman during the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. One of the biggest changes Newman has seen in his 33 years in the industry – the last 12 with AFIA – is the amount of global impact on the industry.

“There’s nobody in our industry that’s not impacted by it,” he said. “We import a large percentage of our vitamins and other key ingredients. Everybody is impacted by the global market place, and that’s only going to get more significant. The area of new technologies is growing significantly and it’s very much impacted by a global effort.”