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AMERICAN FEED INDUSTRY ASSN WELCOMES NEW DEPT OF COMMERCE SEC'Y
Source: American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) news release

"The American Feed Industry Association welcomes Wilbur Ross as the Department of Commerce's secretary. AFIA intends to work closely with the DOC moving forward--U.S. trade efforts, including animal food, are expected to now fall under its diction--and will support the secretary in the promotion and enforcement of laws regarding fair trade and open markets for U.S. products.

"International trade offers the greatest potential for the U.S. animal food industry's future growth--both direct feed and ingredient exports and the increased overseas sale of U.S. livestock, poultry and dairy products. In 2016, our industry's exports exceeded $11 billion in feed, feed ingredients and pet food, and our industry's job opportunities contributed to the 17.3 million American jobs attributed to agriculture.

"It is important for Sec. Ross to understand how international markets are key for continued development and success of the U.S. feed industry. The agriculture industry, specifically the animal food sector, must be a priority when determining administrative trade policy. If not, our ability to advance will be diminished. It is now Sec. Ross and the Department of Commerce's job to protect our industry from unfair global practices, including violations of intellectual property rights. AFIA hopes this is a job he gives the proper attention to.

"AFIA, on behalf of industry, asks Sec. Ross to collaborate and cooperate with the various pieces of the federal trade policy puzzle, including the USDA and USTR, to keep all agricultural exports strong in the face of intense global competition and globally weak commodity prices.

"AFIA looks forward to working with Sec. Ross, and the secretary of agriculture, to ensure the international trade needs, concerns and interests of the U.S. feed industry are represented and taken into consideration in broader administrative trade policy strategies led by the Commerce Department."

About AFIA

The American Feed Industry Association, based in Arlington, Va., is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, the organization membership is comprised of the total feed industry-from commercial and integrated feed manufacturers, to ingredient suppliers, pet food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA is also the recognized leader on international industry developments and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation.

Members include more than 600 domestic and international companies. More than 75 percent of the feed and 70 percent of the non-grain ingredients including soybean meal, distillers co-products, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, yeast products and other miscellaneous/specialty ingredients in the U.S. are manufactured by AFIA members.


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