ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) announced on Dec. 13 that it received more than $80,000 in donations during the American Feed Industry Association’s (AIFIA) Equipment Manufacturers Conference in November in Amelia Island, Florida, U.S. 

Among the funds contributed during the conference, the non-profit organization was presented with a check for $78,000, the single largest contribution donated to the charity since its founding in 2009.

“The Equipment Manufacturers Committee is proud to be able to make such a significant contribution to IFEEDER as it is a nonprofit that ensures continual research and education in our industry, something our committee believes in wholeheartedly,” said EMC Chairman Randy Stauffer.

AFIA’s EMC presented IFEEDER Executive Director Ken Thomas with the sizeable check to be used toward collegiate scholarships for students pursuing degrees related to the feed industry. Additional funds were raised during the overall conference through an annual golf tournament, raffle and individual contributions made by meeting attendees.

“We are thrilled by this generous donation to IFEEDER as it will go toward a worthwhile cause,” said Thomas upon receiving the funding. “The donation will fund scholarships for students at Kansas State University as well as two additional universities (yet to be determined) during five-year commitments. I cannot think of a better gift than that of education and that is exactly what the Equipment Manufacturers Committee is providing with this funding.”

IFEEDER will work with EMC to allocate the funds, which will still be dispensed through the EMC Scholarship Fund.