Members of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance (NEAFA) wrapped up several days of seminars, conferences and networking opportunities at the organization’s 2014 annual meeting and forum.
NEAFA President Bill Colten announced a new name and logo for NEAFA (formerly Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance) during his remarks. The changes are designed to more accurately reflect the growing and evolving sectors of the agribusiness industry. Additionally, Colten announced the addition of a new website, blog and Facebook page as tools to better communicate with members.
Policy and advocacy issues for the coming year were at the forefront of the meeting agenda. On both the national and state level, NEAFA will continue to work on legislation and policies that directly affect the agriculture industry and the organization’s members. These issues include the opposition to labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients in several Northeast states, immigration reform, and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Industry leaders, including Rob Sheffer of Cargill and Andy Vance, Editor of Feedstuffs Magazine lead discussions on trends and issues facing the agriculture industry. Sheffer’s discussion on global population growth, and changes in consumer trends provided insight for the next decade and beyond. “The changing world creates incredible opportunities for growth in the animal feed industry – globally, nationally, and locally as we poise our industry to feed a hungry world in a more sustainable and transparent way than ever” said Sheffer.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented this year to Jim Bushey, co-owner of Bordeaux and Bushey Incorporated. For more than 50 years, Jim has played a major role in the agriculture industry in Vermont and across the region. Jim has long been a voice for his fellow farmer, as a regular presence at the statehouse in Montpelier, hosting annual bus tours for legislators and making connections between those passing agribusiness policy and those implementing those policies on the ground.