“Animal agriculture has an important voice in the heightened conversations on climate change and sustainability,” said Lara Moody, executive director of IFEEDER. “Within the animal food industry, important innovations and game-changing solutions are being advanced to ensure a healthy environment and clean air and water while ensuring a safe and nutritious food supply. To ensure industry efforts are recognized and utilized to achieve the desired outcomes, the IFEEDER board is committed to filling research and knowledge gaps as well as developing tools to advance sustainable actions.”
Moody noted that the board supports incorporating a strategy focused on advancing solutions and being a resource for the animal food industry’s sustainability journey. A key project this year includes developing a road map for industry members to determine their environmental footprints, pursue climate change mitigation strategies and communicate continuous improvement efforts.
As part of the business meeting, the trustees recognized Tim Belstra, of Belstra Milling Co., for his leadership as board chair for the 2020-21 IFEEDER fiscal year and installed Scott Druker, of Church & Dwight Company, Inc., as the new chair for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The IFEEDER board voted to accept the nomination of John Metzger, of Elanco Animal Health, as its vice chair for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
With the installation of three new trustees (noted with asterisks*), the IFEEDER board of trustees now includes: Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling Co.; Partha Bora* of Wilbur-Ellis; Leah Dorman* of Phibro Animal Health Corp.; Scott Druker, of Church & Dwight Company, Inc.; Kevin Halpin of International Ingredient Corp.; Steve Lerner of Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition; Joe Lucas of CJ Bio America, Inc.; Mark Lueking of Cargill Animal Nutrition; Ashley McDonald* of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; and John Metzger of Elanco Animal Health.
IFEEDER also recognized the following outgoing board members for their support and service: Eduardo Galo of Novus International, Inc.; Michael Goble of Diamond V; Chad Risley of Berg+Schmidt America, LLC; and A. Wayne Rod of The F.L. Emmert Co.