IFIF’s new chairman positive but realistic about future

IFIF’s new chairman positive but realistic about future

Joel G. Newman discusses his outlook for his new role

As Joel G. Newman settles into his new position as chairman of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), he is setting his sights on building partnerships and strengthening IFIF’s role.

“I want to continue the positive momentum that is recognizable within IFIF as the membership works together on behalf of the global feed industry,” Newman told WATT Global Media in an email.

The IFIF elected Newman, president and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), as its new chairman for 2016-17 at IFIF’s 28th annual general assembly held on October 13.

He said he has three main objectives for 2015-16: building on the partnership already in place between IFIF and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); ensuring continual growth in global membership while providing meaningful opportunities for those members to be actively involved in the organization; and strengthening IFIF’s voice on vital issues affecting the industry. 

But, Newman said that he realizes that, like any industry, the feed industry faces hurdles.

“However, how we face the hurdle is what matters,” he said. “Being a member of IFIF affords the opportunity to prepare for challenges as a united front and working together utilizing expertise from across the globe. Be it the long-term challenge of potential food insecurity due to growing demand and population or the daily challenge of answering questions from consumers, companies are stronger because of their commitment to IFIF.”