In the 1800s, entrepreneurs and inventors in the flour milling, brewing and sugar milling industries began wading into animal nutrition, developing food and beverage processing systems and new ways to use byproducts in feed. As the science of animal nutrition evolved, soon, state regulatory agencies began to take note of this burgeoning industry.
In 1906, Congress enacted the landmark Federal Pure Food and Drug Act, which gave federal officials the authority over feeds shipped in interstate commerce. Realizing a need to stay informed about these new regulations, in 1909, the industry assembled in Chicago and created the American Feed Manufacturers Association, the organization from which AFIA stems.
AFIA has also enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Association of American Feed Control Officials, an association of state and federal agencies charged by law with regulating the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drugs. AFIA has participated in an unbroken chain of cooperative meetings biannually with AAFCO since its establishment in 1909. With a common goal of creating sound legislation based on the AAFCO Model Feed Bill – one developed by consensus – the organizations are engaged in using each other’s expertise to develop state feed laws and regulations that are rooted in science.
Manage the association’s government affairs activities on behalf of the AFIA legislative and regulatory (L&R) team. Work closely with the L&R team to ensure a high level of legislative and regulatory representation, one of AFIA’s 4 Promises of membership value. Work closely with the L&R staff on state affairs and lead the proactive and responsive efforts for the states assigned. Staff AFIA committees and member interest groups as assigned and provide updates to other committees/member interest groups as needed.
Manage relevant AFIA legislative and regulatory priorities as assigned
Broaden AFIA’s reach on Capitol Hill through building relationships and regular
meetings with members of Congress and their staff, the administration and regulatory
Lead the annual AFIA legislative fly-in
Represent the feed industry at hearings, receptions and other informal meetings related to
Maintain good standing for the association and self through proper disclosures of
Encourage AFIA member involvement in L&R advocacy efforts
Assist in the development of association policies and positons, as well as help develop
comments, testimony, issue briefs, etc.
Build relationships with AFIA members’ D.C. offices and foster partnerships with key
content; conduct media interviews and other speaking engagements as required.
Draft communications to inform the members of legislative and regulatory developments
Contribute to AFIA’s recruitment of new members, retention of existing members and
positive two-way member relations
Support and maintain VoterVoice on the AFIA website and engage members in
grassroots advocacy and engagement
Assist AFIA’s committee and member interest groups when appropriate
Support and contribute to the successful implementation of the AFIA mission
Other projects as assigned by supervisor
Bachelor’s degree in animal science/agricultural policy or related area
Two or more years of experience in agriculture and/or the legislative or regulatory
process (Hill experience preferred)
Demonstrated successful leadership in issues or crisis management
Ability to read, analyze and interpret legislative and regulatory issues
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Ability to build and maintain a positive working relationship with colleagues and
members to accomplish objectives
Self-motivated and capable of multi-tasking with minimal supervision
Detail-oriented with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Superior customer service ethic – ability to respond effectively to inquiries from AFIA
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