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New IFEEDER Resource Showcases Industry Sustainability Stories
July 16, 2024
New IFEEDER Resource Showcases Industry Sustainability Stories

Sure, greenhouse gas emission reductions often get the limelight when it comes to corporate sustainability programs, but sustainability goes much broader than climate change. Consider the issues that matter most to them, i.e., conducting a “materiality assessment,” as a key step in deciding where the company should focus its sustainability efforts to make an impact. This concept can be confusing, so I break it down here and explain a new resource that the Institute for Feed Education and Research is launching to help companies understand it even better. 

By Lara Moody
Updating Our Feed and Pet Food Consumption Data
July 1, 2024
Updating Our Feed and Pet Food Consumption Data

This year, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) initiated work on a project to update its pet food and feed ingredient consumption reports. The goal is to provide transparent data, quantifying the numerous ingredients used to feed livestock, poultry, fish and pets in the United States. These reports serve as some of the best reference materials available for those discussing matters impacting the U.S. animal food value chain. IFEEDER is the only public charity investing in this kind of research to inform decisions in the animal food industry.

By Taylor Lekin
Perspectives on a Year of Growth
June 6, 2024
Perspectives on a Year of Growth

As I close out my term as chair of the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s Board of Trustees, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the incredible accomplishments of our entire team. IFEEDER has truly become a trusted resource for the animal food industry and our stakeholders. Let’s take a moment to reflect on our successes and recognize the areas where the team has made significant impacts. 

By Guest
Should What Matters to Dairy Executives Also Matter to Feed?
May 21, 2024
Should What Matters to Dairy Executives Also Matter to Feed?

In a recent report, McKinsey & Company and the International Dairy Foods Association shared findings from their annual survey of dairy executives. Their responses showed that while dairy executives are excited about the opportunity for growth (expected to be 4% annually through 2027, primarily from cheese and yogurt sales) and product innovation, sustainability keeps them up at night and has moved to the center of the conversation.  

By Lara Moody
Fostering the Next Generation of Feed Industry Professionals
May 17, 2024
Fostering the Next Generation of Feed Industry Professionals

Last fall, Iowa State University unveiled the new ISU Kent Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex, which is dedicated to feed and grain research and education. After this facility's inauguration, ISU launched a traineeship program, providing students with invaluable, well-rounded industry experience. I recently had the opportunity to visit my alma mater to speak with Dirk Maier, Ph.D., the complex’s director, to learn more about this innovative approach to hands-on learning for the future of the feed industry.

 

By Taylor Lekin
Navigating ESG: A Corporate Journey
May 6, 2024
Navigating ESG: A Corporate Journey

At the recent International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), the American Feed Industry Association hosted an educational session called, “Feed Your ESG: How Feed Will Help Hit Sustainability Targets.” While I spoke about Institute for Feed Education and Research’s sustainability efforts underway to support the feed industry and our customers, I took away much more from the panel discussion with Mike Gauss, president of KENT Nutrition Group, who shared insights into his company’s efforts to advance ESG in practice.  

By Lara Moody
Enhancing Swine Nutrition: Important Considerations for Updating the Nutrient Requirements of Swine Report
April 9, 2024
Enhancing Swine Nutrition: Important Considerations for Updating the Nutrient Requirements of Swine Report

Since 1944, the National Research Council, and now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), has published 11 editions of the Nutrient Requirements of Swine. As the primary reference for developing swine diets, the 12th edition will be a valued resource to feed industry members, their customers, swine nutritionists and researchers. The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), with the National Pork Board, National Corn Growers Association and United Soybean Board, is providing funds and industry feedback to support the revision

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Preparing for the Next Animal Disease Outbreak – Feed Mill Hygiene and Decontamination
April 2, 2024
Preparing for the Next Animal Disease Outbreak – Feed Mill Hygiene and Decontamination

Since the outbreak of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in 2013, the feed and livestock industries have worked to gain a better understanding of pathogen transmission through feed and the supply chain. Multiple studies have documented the distribution of viral pathogens in mills after contamination, the stability of viruses in feed and ingredient matrices, and virus reduction using chemical mitigants or extended holding times.

By Guest
Why Dietary Change Is Not the Path to Reducing Animal Agriculture's Environmental Footprint
March 11, 2024
Why Dietary Change Is Not the Path to Reducing Animal Agriculture's Environmental Footprint

The International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) is an important opportunity for meetings and networking and also where great opportunities for learning occur. I had the opportunity to participate in the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, hosted by the American Feed Industry Association, Meat Institute, and U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.

By Lara Moody
Why Supporting IFEEDER Is Imperative for Companies in Animal Agriculture
March 11, 2024
Why Supporting IFEEDER Is Imperative for Companies in Animal Agriculture

In the tapestry of sustainability and innovation, there are stories that serve not just as individual successes but as rallying cries for entire industries. One such unfolding narrative centers around the urgent need for sustainable agriculture—a call that reverberates from the fields to the boardrooms, from rural communities to urban centers. While some players, like Novonesis, have set important precedents, the full story is yet to be written.

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