ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced on July 25 the addition of Cassandra Kusmisz as communications specialist. The newly created position will work in collaboration with Miranda McDaniel, AFIA's manager of communications, to focus on the organization's communications efforts.
Kusmisz will serve as the primary lead for AFIA's social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and assist in the maintenance of AFIA's online newsroom. She will also assist in content creation for the association's newsletter, FeedGram and The AFIA Journal, as well as event-related communications.
"We are pleased to welcome Cassie as the newest member of the AFIA team," said McDaniel. "Her communications degree partnered with her passion for agriculture are valuable assets to the organization and our members as we continue to provide a well-heard voice for the total feed industry."
Kusmisz is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural communication and an interdisciplinary certificate in leadership and service. She has held internships with the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Department at UGA. Kusmisz also participated in a study abroad program, which focused on agricultural sustainability, in Uruguay.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.