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AFIA Releases Digital 'Feed Manufacturing Technology'

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The American Feed Industry Association has released an updated Feed Manufacturing Technology (FMT) as an online subscription as well as a printed copy. This resource is a must-have for everyone involved in the production and manufacture of food for livestock, poultry, aquaculture, horses and pets.

It's a comprehensive reference for everyday operations, covering topics such as employee safety and health, materials handling and storage, sanitation and pest management and quality assurance. It also includes detailed information on planning new facilities or remodeling existing facilities.

"Having been a feed mill plant manager myself, I found the AFIA Feed Manufacturing Technology book to be an extremely useful reference manual and looked at it on a regular basis” says Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. “Now that the FMT is available online, this will add a whole new set of functionalities to the end-user, such as hyperlinks to additional resources and allowing for more frequent updating than with a print only version.”

The FMT is written by nearly 100 industry experts and professors with decades of experience. The resource, which has not been updated since 2005, includes sections on:

  • The history of the U.S. feed industry
  • Plant feasibility, design and construction
  • Manufacturing operations
  • Bulk materials handling and storage
  • Specialty feed
  • Plant management
  • Quality assurance
  • Regulatory
  • Utilities and maintenance
  • Computer applications for feed manufacturing
  • Energy management

The online FMT includes links to many diagrams, tables and charts and will be updated regularly.

“I would like to thank the AFIA FMT task force for its foresight in developing an online manual, which we know today is even more important than ever to offer digital education and training opportunities, and the industry experts whom AFIA worked with to research and write updated chapters for this launch,” Huddleston adds. “Because of their hard work, the entire regulatory section and several other chapters were updated in 2020 and we have a rigorous schedule to update even more chapters next year with the goal of updating them all by 2023.”

The FMT costs AFIA members $299 ($499 for nonmembers) for a 12-month online subscription or $349 ($599 for nonmembers) for a 12-month subscription plus a printed copy. Subscribers must renew their subscriptions annually at a cost of $50 for members ($75 for nonmembers) for online only or $149 ($174 for nonmembers) for members for both online and a printed copy. For bulk orders of 25 or more or for university student special pricing, contact [email protected] for more details. To order, visit AFIA’s Online Store at

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