The Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) welcomed donations from two new corporate sponsors this summer – Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) and JBS United. John Swisher, Don Orr, Walter Ney (all of JBS United) and Randy Davis (QLF-Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.) made individual pledges.
KNG donated $50,000 to IFEEDER during a check signing ceremony at its Muscatine, IA, headquarters. A division of the family-owned Kent Corporation, KNG is known for its two animal nutrition brands – Kent and Blue Seal.
KNG President John Thorpe said his company felt compelled to partner with IFEEDER "to show our commitment and appreciation of IFEEDER's strong education and research programs. As a company, we value what they are working to achieve. They hold the same high standards we do, and IFEEDER genuinely cares about the feed markets we serve."
JBS donated $50,000 toward industry research and education via IFEEDER.
"JBS United remains committed to the animal feed industry, and specifically research and education. We are proud to support IFEEDER and its important work in our industry," said Douglas Webel, Ph.D., COO of the company’s Animal Nutrition & Health group.
Individual donor Orr, who is JBS United's president emeritus and former AFIA chair, said, "IFEEDER's concept was identified as the highest priority initiative during the period of my chairmanship at AFIA. IFEEDER is fundamental for meeting the research and education mission of AFIA and it benefits all AFIA members. I am proud that IFEEDER has successfully moved from concept to reality, due to the diligent work and leadership of many individuals. Those are some of the reasons why I am personally contributing to IFEEDER."