Arlington, VA (Dec. 19, 2023_ -– The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is pleased to announce the addition of Taylor Lekin as its marketing and program development coordinator, effective Dec. 11.

In this newly created position, Lekin will play a pivotal role in marketing AFIA’s educational and networking events as well as the overall value of AFIA membership.

In addition, Lekin will work closely with the executive director of the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), AFIA’s 501(c)(3) public charity, on an ambitious branding campaign to communicate the need for industry leaders and stakeholders to invest in the future of the animal food industry.

“Taylor exudes positive energy and a passion for helping the agriculture industry thrive, and I know she will bring creative new ideas to engage AFIA members at events and through our programs,” said Victoria Broehm, AFIA’s senior director of communications. “With her background working for a foundation and analyzing complex agricultural research and policy, I have no doubt she will be an asset to IFEEDER as it embarks on an ambitious communications strategy to reach donors, potential donors and external stakeholders in the new year.”

Lekin is a recent Iowa State University graduate with a degree in agriculture and rural policy studies.

She grew up raising cattle with her brother, and her family owns and operates Tama Livestock Auction.

She has experience working as a writer for ISU’s Foundation and at the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, as well as has been active in her sorority and participated in the CALS Dean’s Leadership Study Abroad program.