IFEEDER Board of Trustees Class 2024-25 and outgoing trustees
IFEEDER Board of Trustees Class 2024-25 and outgoing trustees

ARLINGTON, Va. – May 15, 2024 – The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) held its Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, May 14, to discuss its current projects and install new Board leadership and trustees.

“IFEEDER has made great strides in advancing our strategic plan, becoming a trusted resource for the animal food industry and our allied stakeholders, advancing sustainability research, and broadening IFEEDER’s pool of resources,” said Lara Moody, IFEEDER executive director. “These collaborations strengthen the industry’s collective efforts toward sustainability and innovation in the feed and pet food sectors.”

In the next year, IFEEDER plans to work on several projects in accordance with its strategic plan, including: adding new resources to the Animal Food Industry Sustainability Toolkit, supporting other research and pursuing education and sustainability projects on the animal food industry’s behalf. IFEEDER will also update its datasets on U.S. feed and pet food ingredient consumption.

As part of its business meeting, the IFEEDER Board of Trustees recognized Mike Gauss, president of Kent Nutrition Group, Inc., for his leadership as Board chair for the 2023-24 IFEEDER fiscal year, which ended April 30, and installed Carlos Gonzalez, Ph.D., vice president of global regulatory affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., as the new chair for the 2024-25 fiscal year, which began May 1. Stever Lerner, Ph.D., senior scientific and business advisor of Novonesis Animal and Plant Biosolutions, will serve as vice chair for the 2024-25 fiscal year.

With the installation of three new trustees (noted with asterisks*), the IFEEDER Board of Trustees includes: John Akridge of MFA Incorporated; Susanna Elliot* of Alltech, Inc.; Gonzalez; Courtney Hall of CHS, Inc.; Jamee Krug Blahauvietz of Elanco Animal Health; Lerner; Scott Lovin of AgState; Paul Phillips of DuraPlas Inc./Maxi-Lift Inc.; Dan Rice* of Western Milling; Chad Risley*, Ph.D., of Berg+Schmidt America, LLC; and Juan Tricarico, Ph.D., of Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

IFEEDER would like to thank the outgoing trustees for their service: Leah Dorman, D.V.M., Phibro Animal Health Corporation; Gauss; and Chris Hostetler, Ph.D., National Pork Board.

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Founded in 2009 by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Institute for Feed Education and Research is a 501 (c)(3) public charity and is a critical link in the ever-evolving food supply chain. Serving as a champion for the animal food industry, IFEEDER supports critical education and research initiatives that ensure consumers have access to a safe, healthy and sustainable food supply. IFEEDER focuses its work in two primary areas: funding critical animal feed and pet food research to support AFIA’s legislative and regulatory positions, and developing appropriate messaging for policymakers, consumer influencers and stakeholders which highlights the industry’s positive contributions to the availability of safe, wholesome and affordable food, and the preservation of our natural resources.