ARLINGTON, VIRGINA, US — Mike Schuster, of Laidig Systems, Inc., was installed as the new chair of the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) for the 2022-23 fiscal year during the annual board of trustees meeting on May 18.

Schuster succeeds Scott Druker, PhD, of Arm & Hammer Animal Food and Production, whose 2021-22 term ended April 30. John Metzger, of Elanco Animal Health, will serve a second term as vice chair for 2022-23.

With the installation of four new trustees (noted with an asterisk*), the IFEEDER board of trustees now includes: Gisele Santos-Bin* of BASF Corp.; Partha Bora of Wilbur-Ellis; Leah Dorman, D.V.M., of Phibro Animal Health Corporation; Kevin Halpin, PhD, of International Ingredient Corp.; Steve Lerner, PhD, of Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition; Scott Lovin* of Agstate; Joe Lucas of CJ Bio America, Inc.; Ashley McDonald of the National Pork Board; John Metzger of Elanco Animal Health; Paul Philips* of Maxi-Lift Inc./Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc.; and Schuster*. 

Outgoing trustees are Tim Belstra of Belstra Milling Co.; Druker; and Mark Lueking of Cargill Animal Nutrition.

IFEEDER, a nonprofit founded by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) in 2009, advocates for the animal food industry, supporting critical education and research initiatives that ensure consumers have access to a safe, healthy and sustainable food supply. During the meeting, the board also discussed its goal to broaden awareness of its initiatives.

“As IFEEDER advances sustainability efforts to directly benefit the animal feed and pet food industry, it also serves the important purpose of being a trusted resource among stakeholders up and down the food supply chain who are making decisions that will impact the future of food production,” said Lara Moody, executive director for IFEEDER. 

“Increasing our presence and engagement with those throughout the food value chain will ensure we have a good pulse on what customers want, which informs our future research and education initiatives,” she added.