ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its popular biennial Feed Industry Institute (FII), which will be offered in a self-paced, virtual learning environment over a span of a few weeks this summer. The conference, which kicks off June 6 and culminates on Aug. 1, brings together industry newcomers to learn the fundamentals of the animal food manufacturing process – from the types of ingredients used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.
“The Feed Industry Institute is a great educational forum to learn the basics on animal nutrition and the process for manufacturing feed/pet food and getting it to market,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “Those new to the livestock feed or pet food industries will find the deep-dive lectures valuable in creating their knowledge base.”
FII officially opens on June 6, when attendees will be invited to sign into the online platform and watch nearly 30 lectures – at their leisure – from highly acclaimed experts in the field. Attendees must complete the lectures by Aug. 1, when the AFIA will hold a live webinar with attendees to answer questions, recap the presentations and conduct a graduation ceremony.
There will be plenty of opportunities for attendees to engage with the material, such as through knowledge checks, and with each other. Upon registration, the AFIA will invite participants to join a private group on LinkedIn, where they can network, discuss the course content and get to know their industry colleagues.
Topics will include an overview of the U.S. feed industry, animal physiology and nutrition basics, information on the types of ingredients used in animal food and why, the role of medications and other additives, and various processing techniques. It will also look at agriculture’s role in building consumer trust, the role of international trade and provide an overview of state and federal regulations. The full agenda can be found on the event’s website.
The AFIA encourages people to register between now and April 29 to receive the special one-time discounted rate of $300 for AFIA members and $650 for non-members. After that, the rate raises to $450 for AFIA members and $850 for non-members.
For more information about FII and to register, visit the event’s website at afia.org/events/fii-2022/.
–American Feed Industry Association