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May 11, 2012 | By Elise Schafer
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Feed Industry Investigates Future Challenges

Study to address sustainability concerns over feeding livestock into the 21st century

By the year 2050, the United Nations projects the world's population will swell to 9 billion. That's 2 billion more people's mouths to feed than there are today. Sustaining the population at that level will put more strain on agriculture than ever before, but it's a challenge that today's feed industry is already preparing to address.

With up to a $50,000 grant from the Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has commissioned a study to evaluate the relationship between ethanol mandates and feed grains availability, the potential impact of climate change on animal agriculture and other influential factors as we look into the future. The initiative aims to investigate which factors will play pivotal roles in growing the feed industry and where potential challenges lay.

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