ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) recently honored Ken Vaupel and son Ty Vaupel of Alfagreen Supreme for meeting individual pledge goals to the organization. The father and son duo pledged $1,000 each to IFEEDER in 2014 in addition to their corporation's generous donation of $5,000.

In December 2013, Alfagreen Supreme was recognized as a bronze level donor, by making their final payment on a $10,000 commitment to IFEEDER in addition to Ken Vaupel achieving the silver individual level. The company is now working on their next milestone with their latest donations to IFEEDER-the silver corporate pledge category. The silver corporate level is obtained when a corporate donor gives $25,000 to support IFEEDER initiatives. 

"We have been supporters of IFEEDER for four years because it is our way of giving back to the industry," said Ken Vaupel, chief executive officer of Alfagreen Supreme and American Feed Industry Association board member. "You truly do not embrace the power of giving back as a company until you do it personally."

Alfagreen Supreme and its affiliated companies are a family owned and operated supplier of dehydrated alfalfa products. The company was formed in 1960 and has expanded their operations to ten facilities throughout the U.S. to better serve their domestic and international customers.

Ty Vaupel serves on AFIA's Networking, Education and Mentoring in Agriculture Committee. At the age of 26, he is IFEEDER's youngest individual donor to date. 

"I choose to personally give back at such a young age because we have to double food production over the next 50 years to 'Feed the World.' Through IFEEDER, I know my contribution is assisting our industry endeavor of meeting this sustainable goal," said Ty Vaupel. 

IFEEDER, AFIA's foundation, was created in 2009 to address the enormous challenges the food and feed production industries will face in the next 40 years and beyond, as the world's population grows by almost 2.5 billion people.
"IFEEDER supports research and education activities within the food and feed industries thanks to contributions from not only corporate sponsors, but individual donors, like the Vaupel family. Without generous donations our efforts would not be possible," said IFEEDER's Executive Director Ken Thomas.

IFEEDER recently contributed $100,000 toward porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, research and also sponsored the 2013 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology report, "Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050."