ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, US — In the coming year, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) plans to add its sustainability toolkit, support research on sustainability and update its datasets on US feed and pet food ingredient consumption.

The nonprofit group, which works with the animal food and agriculture sector on research, education and sustainability projects, also installed new board leadership and trustees during its annual meeting on May 14.

“IFEEDER has made great strides in advancing our strategic plan, becoming a trusted resource for the animal food industry and our allied stakeholders, advancing sustainability research, and broadening IFEEDER’s pool of resources,” said Lara Moody, executive director of IFEEDER. “These collaborations strengthen the industry’s collective efforts toward sustainability and innovation in the feed and pet food sectors.”

The IFEEDER board of trustees recognized Mike Gauss, president of Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., for his leadership as board chair for the 2023-24 fiscal year, which ended April 30.

Carlos Gonzalez, vice president of global regulatory affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., was named the new chair for the 2024-25 fiscal year, which began May 1. Stever Lerner, senior scientific and business adviser of Novonesis Animal and Plant Biosolutions, will serve as vice chair.

With the installation of three new trustees (noted with asterisks), the IFEEDER board of trustees includes: John Akridge of MFA Inc.; Susanna Elliot* of Alltech, Inc.; Gonzalez; Courtney Hall of CHS, Inc.; Jamee Krug Blahauvietz of Elanco Animal Health; Lerner; Scott Lovin of AgState; Paul Phillips of DuraPlas Inc./Maxi-Lift Inc.; Dan Rice* of Western Milling; Chad Risley*of Berg+Schmidt America, LLC; and Juan Tricarico of Innovation Center for US Dairy.

Outgoing trustees included: Leah Dorman, Phibro Animal Health Corp.; Gauss; and Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board.