Newman also highlighted some bright spots the feed industry has to look forward to.
“With every challenge comes an opportunity,” Newman said. “The increased global demand for food provides us with not only the opportunity to feed the U.S. population but to export some of our production to other parts of the world, both animal protein products and our feed technology and additives, allowing them to increase their own production.”
IFEEDER raises funds for future of agriculture
The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) was formed to support the future of the feed industry as it works to sustain the escalating world population. It was launched at the 2010 International Feed Expo, and on Jan. 29, 2013, IFEEDER hosted a luncheon to commemorate its third anniversary and seek assistance from leading companies throughout the feed industry. The charitable foundation has already surpassed $1.2 million in pledges and is on the way to reaching its three-year goal of $2 million.
Dean Warras, chairman of IFEEDER’s board of trustees, explained that there are plenty reasons why everyone in the feed industry should be concerned with IFEEDER’s mission.
“As we look forward to 2050, we’re going to have approximately 9.1 billion people in the world, and so our focus is how are we going to feed them,” Warras said. “We can do that by making a more sustainable U.S. feed and food production industry.”
IFEEDER supports creating a more sustainable U.S. feed industry in a number of ways, as outlined by Jim Sullivan, executive director of IFEEDER.
“We’ve funded a number of educational efforts in different forms,” Sullivan said. “We offer scholarships to graduate students for programs like the Feed Industry Institute, and we provide funding for research on the sustainability of the feed ingredients used in the world and studies on the use of byproducts in the feed industry and their ramifications.”
News from the Floor
IPPE 2013 Shatters Attendance, Exhibitor Records
The International Production & Processing Expo — IPPE 2013 — broke attendance records by exceeding more than 25,000 attendees from the poultry, meat and feed industries. People from all over the world ascended on Atlanta, GA, from Jan. 29-31 for the first-ever combined International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo.
Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), and the American Meat Institute (AMI), the trade show totaled an estimated 1,189 exhibitors with more than 430,000 net square feet of exhibit space (figures pending audits by the sponsoring associations in the weeks following the event).
Exhibitors presented the latest innovations in equipment, supplies and services for the production and processing of poultry, eggs, feed products and meat, while many attendees experienced the expanded education program offerings. The IPPE 2013 lineup featured 15 programs, ranging from an antibiotic conference on current issues for the poultry and egg industry to an international feed education program to international regulatory topics for meat.
Five IPPE Exhibitors Celebrate 50 Year or Higher Anniversaries
The International Poultry Expo (IPE), the originator of what is now known as the International Production & Processing Expo, recognized five companies that have been exhibiting for 50 or more years.
James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, PA, and newly elected chairman of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), presented plaques to each company in acknowledgement of their long-term exhibiting tenure.
Aviagen and Watt were recognized for 60 years of exhibiting at the IPE. Lyon Technologies, Inc. and Kuhl Corp. were recognized for 55 years at IPE, and Elanco Animal Health was recognized for 50 years of exhibiting at IPE.
“Your support of the International Poultry Expo has allowed the poultry industry to grow and advance, as we have directly invested show revenues back into the industry. We thank you sincerely for your continued support,” Adams commented.