The award will assist in the development of international standards for feed machinery, thus increasing trade exports through trade standardization, the AFIA said. Funding will be dedicated to education, outreach, training, preparation, coordination and travel support for U.S. feed machinery industry representatives engaged in international standards development. The award also includes financial and technical assistance from the International Trade Administration, which will support business plans that strengthen industry by elevating exports. This will be a factor in the creation of U.S. jobs through exports.
A formal presentation took place at EMC, Nov. 4 in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., with DOC and ASABE representatives in attendance to announce the award and answer questions following Huddleston's presentation on ISO/TC-293, an initiative in which the AFIA is heavily involved. Huddleston is chairman for ISO/TC-293's Technical Advisory Group.
The ISO/TC-293 project’s goal is the standardization of single feed machine, processing systems and complete production line, including safety, hygienic requirements, environmental protection and specific technical requirements of feed machinery used in feed processing mills.
“All of these efforts and activities will hopefully help ensure an outcome in this standards work that will be beneficial to U.S. feed equipment manufacturers,” Huddleston said.