The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) says it plans to be active in discussions with President-elect Donald Trump’s administration and Congress in addressing “strict regulatory burdens,” when it is “appropriate for the animal food industry.”
In a statement issued November 9, AFIA said: “AFIA – a bi-partisan organization – has worked diligently to provide Congress, and current and former administrations, information and expertise about the animal food industry, striving for balanced regulation. Unfortunately, many of the regulations mandated recently have not been in the best interest of our industry or animal agriculture, many times inflicting excruciating costs on our members and consumers, without corresponding benefit.
“AFIA looks forward to working with the new administration and the 115th Congress to restore regulatory balance, which will maintain animal food safety at the forefront and also be practical for industry compliance.”
AFIA said it met with the Trump campaign’s co-chair and policy adviser, Sam Clovis, on October 19. The discussion focused on animal feed and agricultural issues; trade, including Trump’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership; regulations; immigration; and tax reform.
“Based on pre-election discussions with the Trump camp, our president-elect plans to embark on a regulatory revolution come January 20. AFIA asks the president-elect to hold true to his campaign promise and make addressing strict regulatory burdens a priority of this new administration. We plan to be active in these discussions where appropriate for the animal food industry,” AFIA said in the statement.