Joel Newman is AFIA's president, CEO and corporate treasurer. Joel has more than three decades of diverse executive experience in agribusiness, with United Cooperative Farmers, Maple Leaf Foods and Agway. Joel brought an exciting new vision to the association and has effectively led the membership and staff through a landmark era of change. In 2005, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns appointed Joel to the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Grains, Feed and Oilseeds. Joel represents AFIA on all international issues and is a director of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), headquartered in the United Kingdom. He holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from West Virginia University and an MBA in finance and marketing from Syracuse University.