ARLINGTON, VIRIGINIA, U.S.  — The American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) board of directors elected a new chair along with board and executive committee members during its annual spring meeting.

On May 14, Tim Belstra, chairman of Belstra Milling Co., was elected as chairman of the board for a one-year term. It is effective through the end of AFIA’s fiscal year April 30, 2020.

The board voted to accept the nomination of Scott Druker of Church & Dwight Company, Inc. to become chair-elect of the organization. Druker will succeed Belstra in May 2020.

The board of directors recognized Bruce Crutcher of Micronutrients USA LLC for his leadership as the association’s board chairman during the 2018-19 AFIA fiscal year. Crutcher now transitions into his one-year chairmanship of the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s (IFEEDER) Board of Trustees.

“Bruce has provided exceptional leadership over this past year as chairman, from building consensus to thinking outside of the box to push the association forward in new ways, but always with his eyes on the goal,” said Joel G. Newman, president and chief executive officer of AFIA. “He played a pivotal role in leading the selection committee search for my successor as CEO, and I commend him for his diligence in seeking and listening to the input of our membership in the process.”

The board also elected the following individuals to serve three-year terms, which began during the meeting: Jeff Ast, Lallemand Animal Nutrition; Mike Gauss, Kent Nutrition Group, Inc.; Carlos Gonzalez, Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Alan Gunderson, Vita Plus Corp.; Kevin Halpin, International Ingredient Corp.; Camissa Hummel, ADM Animal Nutrition, Inc.; Steve Lerner, Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition; Andrew Loder, Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition LLC; Joe Lucas, CJ America, Inc.; Eric McMillan, Cactus Feeders; Landis Shoemaker, Sunnyside Feeds LLC; Michael Skuodas, POET Nutrition; Dean Warras, Phibro Animal Health Corp.; Glen Wilkinson, Huvepharma, Inc.; Jonathan Wheat, 4B Components, Ltd.; and Mindy Whittle, Bayer U.S. – Crop Science.

The board approved seven nominated individuals as additions to AFIA’s Executive Committee: Mitch Anderson of PerforMix Nutritional Systems, LLC; Kevin Baker of Valley Proteins, Inc.; Holly Bellmund of GLC Minerals, LLC; Scott Druker of Church & Dwight Company, Inc.; Sherman Miller of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.; Lisa Norton of BioZyme Inc.; and Jason Vickers of Mars Petcare US.

In addition, the board accepted the nominations of nine individuals to the IFEEDER board of trustees: Cathy Bandyk, of AB Vista, Inc.; Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling Co.; Mike Goble of Diamond V; Marc de Beer of Elanco Animal Health; Ed Galo of Novus International, Inc.; Mark Lueking of Cargill Animal Nutrition; C. Ross Hamilton of Darling Ingredients Inc.; A. Wayne Rod of The F.L. Emmert Co.; and Chad Risley, of Berg+Schmidt America, LLC.