AFIA annual meeting focuses on new leadership, feed priority issues

by Holly Demaree-Saddler
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AFIA's 2018 annual meeting in Washington DC
AFIA met in Washington, D.C., U.S.,  for its annual meeting where the board met with members of U.S. Congress about animal food ingredient review and approval process.
Photo courtesy of AFIA.
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The American Feed Industry Association’s board of directors met May 15-16 for its annual spring meeting to elect new leadership and discuss priority issues impacting the animal food industry with U.S. legislators.

The board, which is comprised of 48 industry representatives, spoke with members of U.S. Congress about the lengthy and costly animal food ingredient review and approval process, some of the association’s international trade priorities, and critical animal research and health provisions that the industry would like to see included in the 2018 farm bill. They also heard from U.S. Representative David Rouzer, who spoke about the upcoming farm bill, trade and the state of U.S. agriculture.

“Hopefully, at the end of this week, we’ll come out unscathed on a farm bill,” Rouzer told the board.

Even if the House bill does not move forward, Rouzer seemed confident that Congress would pass a farm bill soon.

“We’ll have a farm bill one way or another, it just may not be this iteration of it,” he said.

On the topic of trade, Rouzer told the board that he is “not alarmed by the rhetoric used or proposed tariffs” by this administration on China, saying he believes it is a tactic used as “a point of negotiation” by the president. He also added that he believes the United States will come to an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement soon, saying that “if Trump was going to get out of NAFTA, he would have done it already.”

As part of the official business meeting, the board of directors recognized Lee Hall of Hallway Feeds for his leadership as the association’s board chairman during the 2017-18 year. Hall now transitions into his one-year chairmanship of the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s (IFEEDER) board of trustees.

“Lee has been a great leader this past year, bringing his own perspective and energy to the board,” said Joel G. Newman, president and chief executive officer of the AFIA. “I look forward to seeing him continue that leadership throughout his year as chair of the IFEEDER board of trustees.”

In addition, the board officially elected Bruce Crutcher, managing director for Micronutrients USA, LLC, as its new chairman. His one-year term is effective May 1 through the end of AFIA’s fiscal year April 30, 2019.

“As a longtime member and supporter of both AFIA and IFEEDER, who also led the establishment of the AFIA Sustainability Initiative, I’m excited about the leadership Bruce will bring as the new chairman,” Newman said.

The board voted to accept the nomination of Tim Belstra, chairman of Belstra Milling Co., to become chair-elect of the organization. Belstra will succeed Crutcher in May 2019.

The board also elected the following individuals to serve three-year terms, which began during the meeting: William Anders, Nutrient Agri Products; Kevin Baker, Valley Proteins, Inc.; Holly Bellmund, GLC Minerals LLC; Tim Belstra, Belstra Milling Co.; Michael Castle, Alltech; Amy Davis, Novozymes North America, Inc.; Lisa Deverell, Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Scott Druker, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.; Kristy Dulkoski, Mosaic Feed Ingredients; Kenneth Gilmurray, JBS USA/Pilgrims; Lynn Godbersen, Zoetis; Greg Kean, WellPet LLC; Peter Kendrick, Diversified Laboratories; Kevin Kruse, Western Milling; Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.; and Lon Stephens, Co-operative Feed Dealers, Inc.

The board approved eight nominated individuals as additions to AFIA’s executive committee: Charles (Rob) Brock, Westway Feed Products LLC; Lisa Deverell, Land O’Lakes/Purina; Edward Galo, Novus International, Inc.; Jason Hoekstra, Smithfield Hog Productions; Mark Leuking, Cargill Animal Nutrition; Chad Risley, Berg+Schmidt America LLC; Michael Schuster, Laidig Systems, Inc.; and Haley Stomp, Kemin Industries, Inc.

In addition, the board accepted the nominations of four individuals to the IFEEDER Board of Trustees: Jeff Cannon, Diamond V; Marc de Beer, Elanco Animal Health; Edward Galo, Novus International, Inc.; and Chad Risley, Berg+Schmidt America LLC.
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