ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) celebrates a decade of conducting feed research and education projects geared toward protecting the animal food industry’s license to operate and provide scientific-based information. The goal is to provide animal food industry decisionmakers and consumers with information so they can make informed policy and purchasing decisions.
“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 vice-president 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.”
Over the past decade, IFEEDER has:
- invested $1.4 million in 33 research and education projects;
- raised over $3.8 million in support of industry initiatives;
- used 100% of contributions and $0 administrative fees to fund projects;
- leveraged $5 for every $1 donated;
- included leveraged funds in over 80% of its projects; and
- awarded scholarships to students pursuing careers in the animal food industry.
Founded in 2009 by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Institute for Feed Education and Research is a 501 (c)(3) public charity. IFEEDER supports education and research initiatives that work to ensure consumers have access to a safe, healthy and sustainable food supply.
IFEEDER focuses its work in two primary areas: funding animal feed and pet food research to support AFIA’s legislative and regulatory positions, and developing messaging for policymakers, consumer influencers and stakeholders which highlights the industry’s positive contributions to the availability of safe, wholesome and affordable food, and the preservation of our natural resources.