Monday 18 April 15:30 - 15:45
Opening Address - International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF)
Joel G. Newman, President and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), was elected IFIF Chairman for the 2016-2017 term at IFIF’s 28th Annual General Assembly held at FAO Headquarters in Rome on 13 October 2015. Mr. Newman previously served as Chair of IFIF’s Policy Committee and he brings more than three decades of diverse executive experience in agribusiness with United Cooperative Farmers, Maple Leaf Foods and Agway, as well as his longstanding experience both with IFIF as well as international feed industry matters, to the role of IFIF Chairman. After joining AFIA in 2004, Mr. Newman brought an exciting new vision to the association and has effectively led the membership and staff through a landmark era of change. In 2005, US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns appointed Mr. Newman to the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Grains, Feed and Oilseeds. Mr. Newman holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from West Virginia University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University.