AFIA hosts succesful annual spring forum
The American Feed Industry Association held its annual Spring Forum and
Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference in Las Vegas, March 3-7. The
event attracted over 500 attendees to the Flamingo Hotel to hear experts discuss
the direction of the feed industry. In addition, numerous AFIA committees and
the Board of Directors met.
Floyd Gaibler, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm
and Foreign Agricultural Services, opened the conference, noting that exports of
agricultural products represent 20-25% of total agricultural cash receipts as a
result of growth in global demand and a weak dollar.
He also noted the
size of the middle class in developing countries is growing, thus influencing
the strong demand for agricultural products. On corn production and use, Gailber
stated "Large increases are projected in corn used for ethanol production over
the next several years. Relatively high prices for crude oil contribute to
favorable returns for ethanol production, which combine with government programs
to provide economic incentives for a continuation of the ongoing expansion in
ethanol production capacity."
Dr. Dave Downey, formerly of Purdue
University, spoke on suppliers and manufacturers' relationships; Dr. Keith
Behnke, Kansas State University, provided a historical perspective on safety of
safe feed; and Dr. Harold Tilstra, Land O'Lakes provided information on the
nutritional impact of co-products from the biofuel industry. Other speakers
provided detailed outlooks impacting the feed industry, entertainment and
Next year's Spring Forum and Conference will be held
March 9-13, 2009 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Florida.
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