Q: What is IFEEDER?
The Institute for Feed Education & Research is a 501(c)(3) charitable
Q: Who established IFEEDER & why?
American Feed Industry Association created IFEEDER in response to
the critical need to raise funds to support the increasing need
for answers to the difficult challenges we face in feeding the world
in the next 50 years. AFIA also recognized that education was a
key part of this effort, hence IFEEDER was born. Establishing a
501(c)(3) foundation also allows the benefits of tax deductibility
to a wide range of like minded partners in this effort.
Q: What is IFEEDER’s mission?
A: To sustain
the future of food and feed production through education and research.
Q: How will IFEEDER accomplish that mission?
IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees is made up of representatives
of all parts of the feed or food industries. IFEEDER has education
and research committees that establish the goals and objectives
used to select the projects of maximum value to the feed industry
and animal agriculture as a whole. By raising the needed funds and
applying them to the highest value projects, IFEEDER will lead the
way in educating the industry, future employees, producers and consumers
about the most sustainable practices to reach the goal of feeding
over 9 billion people worldwide in 2050.
Q: Why should I donate to IFEEDER?
A: If you
have benefited from the work others have done to help you be successful
in the feed business, IFEEDER deserves your support. If you believe
that the answer to our toughest problems lie in applying technology
to sustain our future, then you should support IFEEDER. If you want
to insure that the future of agriculture should be shaped by sound
science and higher education, then your donation to IFEEDER is an
investment in that future.
Q: How can I be a part of IFEEDER?
A: Donate today! See the enclosed pledge
card for donation levels and information.
Q: Why did AFIA establish IFEEDER?
A: With increasing demands for AFIA resources dedicated
to legislative and regulatory issues, the ability to attract other
industry stakeholders to participate and the tax deductibility for
individuals of the 501(c)(3) foundation, it was evident that a vehicle
of this type was long overdue, so AFIA established the Institute
for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER).
Q: Who provides funding for IFEEDER?
A: IFEEDER is soliciting initial financial support from the global
food and animal feed agriculture industries.
Q: Do AFIA dues support IFEEDER?
A: No. AFIA dues
DO NOT directly support IFEEDER.
Q: Who decides which projects IFEEDER supports?
IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees has the final approval of all
projects funded by IFEEDER. Within the governance structure of IFEEDER
a Research Committee consisting of PhD technical specialists defines
the criteria for funding, reviews and recommends projects to be
funded that are deemed important to support the IFEEDER mission.
There is a similar committee for Education which reviews and recommends
projects, scholarship opportunities and public education programs
to advance the visibility and viability of our industry.
Q: Can I provide suggestions for IFEEDER projects? If so,
who do I contact?
A: Yes, visit the website and contact
any member of the research or education committees to submit your
Q: What are the “overhead” and/or administrative
costs for IFEEDER?
A: IFEEDER seeks to minimize these expenses
through the voluntary service of the Board of Trustees and committee
members. AFIA provides staff time and shares office space currently.
As IFEEDER grows an executive director and full time staff may become
necessary, but IFEEDER will endeavor to hold administrative costs
to no more that 15% of annual receipts.
Q: Why can’t the issues of research and education
is handled within AFIA, as they always were?
and regulatory issues are increasing in size and complexity, requiring
more resources to be dedicated to addressing this basic need of
AFIA member promises. At the same time, AFIA membership understands
the long range important need to fund research and education to
benefit all stakeholders of the feed and animal industries. IFEEDER
fills this need.
Q: Is there a formal connection of IFEEDER to AFIA?
The only formal connection of IFEEDER to AFIA is that many individuals
and/or organizations involved in the food or feed industries may
have involvement in both organizations. Technically, IFEEDER is
completely independent from AFIA. The mission of IFEEDER and the
function of AFIA are, while related in some ways, very distinct.
AFIA is the trade association representing the U.S. feed industry.
IFEEDER is a foundation with a broader mission with a larger scope,
with different funding.