USA- The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) installed a new batch of board leaders and trustees during its annual board of trustees meeting on 16th May, during which they also discussed broadening awareness of its resources and initiatives to support the animal food industry.

During the business meeting, the trustees recognized Schuster for his leadership as board chairperson for the 2022-23 IFEEDER fiscal year, ending April 30. 

In his place, for the 2023-24 fiscal year, the trustees installed Mike Gauss of Kent Nutrition Group as the new chairperson and Paul Phillips, of Maxi-Lift Inc./Southwest Agri-Plastics as vice chairperson. 

In addition, Steve Lerner, Ph.D., of Chr. Hansen Animal Health and Nutrition will chair the IFEEDER research committee, and Leah Dorman, DVM, of Phibro Animal Health Corp, will chair the organization’s education and engagement committee for this fiscal year.

New trustees were also installed during the meeting. They include John Akridge, MFA Inc.; Jamee Krug, Elanco Animal Health; Courtney Hall, CHS Inc.; and Juan Tricarico, Innovation Center for US Dairy. 

These trustees will be joining Phillips, Dorman, Gauss, Lerner, Partha Bora, Wilbur-Ellis Co.; Scott Lovin, AgState; and Ashley McDonald, National Pork Board, on the board of trustees.

IFEEDER also used that meeting to recognize the outgoing trustees for their service. They include Gisele Santos-Bin, BASF Corp.; Kevin Halpin, Ph.D., International Ingredient Corp.; Joe Lucas, CJ Bio America, Inc.; John Metzger, Elanco Animal Health; and Schuster.

Discussing ways of supporting the animal nutrition industry was also a major agenda item for the May 16th meeting. 

To bolster the animal feed industry, IFEEDER will invest in research projects that enhance the solutions available for players in the industry. 

The value IFEEDER brings to the industry through its research and education efforts is getting noticed,” said outgoing IFEEDER board Chairperson Mike Schuster with Laidig Systems. 

This research influences the work done by the different players in the industry and IFEEDER’s popularity has been growing 

“We’re getting better known and our conversations with members are more fruitful. Even if they aren’t engaged in sustainability, they are getting to know IFEEDER a bit better,” Schuster added.

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