Weekly Wrap-Up: March 12

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Photo of NC State Bell Tower at duskFeed milling outreach goes beyond the resources and stories we create from NC State Extension.

We want to help you keep up, so we’re sharing relevant news with you as we find it. Each week we’ll compile industry news and events to share in one post on Friday. We’re calling this new series Weekly Wrap-Up.

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Coming Up

Two Webinars on COVID-19 and Supply Chains

  1. BPD “Impact of COVID-19 on Supply Chain – A year into it and potential impacts to the Future”​ Virtual Symposium (hosted by NCBiotech)

    Date: March 18, 2021
    Time: 1–3 p.m. EDT
    Registration: Register for the NC Biotech webinar online
  2. Food Supply Chain Disruptions during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Future Implications (hosted by Mississippi State University).

    Date: March 18, 2021
    Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. EDT
    Registration: Register for the MSState webinar online

Webinar: How Feed Formulation Analytics Can Reduce Animal Protein Footprint

Watt Poultry and Feed Strategy are hosting a webinar to discuss the potential of feed formulation on the challenge of environmental impacts of livestock. 

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time: 10–11 a.m. EDT

Registration: Register for the Watt Poultry and Feed Strategy webinar online via GoToWebinar

What you’ll learn:

  1. Understand livestock/animal protein value chain sustainability pressures and opportunities.
  2. Discover how changes in feed formulation affect the environmental impact and what you can do to reduce your footprint.
  3. Explore how a new digital tool integrated with feed formulation software reduces complexity and cost of footprinting without compromising profitability.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Commissioner Troxler’s 2021 N.C. State of Agriculture Address

Commissioner Troxler’s 2021 N.C. State of Agriculture address was streamed live via Facebook. The recording is available online via the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Facebook account.

Watch the State of Ag address.

The address recording runs 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Podcast: How are High Feed Prices Affecting Producers?

Feed Strategy sat down with World Agricultural Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to talk about the rise in feed costs and strategies for keeping these costs down. They also discussed the long-term effects of high feed prices on livestock and poultry production.

Listen to the podcast.

The podcast episode runs 17 minutes and 28 seconds.

New Factsheet on Extrusion by Dr. Michael Joseph

Our new factsheet, The Role of Preconditioning in Food and Feed Extrusion, will give you a solid overview of how – and why – preconditioning matters when using extrusion technology.

Sections cover defining preconditioning, explaining when it’s needed, benefits, equipment design and an overview of the physical and chemical processes happening during preconditioning.

If you have questions about extrusion, please contact Dr. Michael Joseph.

iFEEDER Updates

iFEEDER animal food consumption report

The Institute for Feed Education and Research’s latest animal food consumption report is here!

It’s no secret that animal food is essential for livestock and poultry production and our domestic pets at home. iFeeder has published their 2019 study for feed production based on over 5,800 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. This study is an update of the 2016 report. 

Overall, North Carolina was in the top five feed-producing states, with 16.3 million tons of feed consumed in 2019. Corn was the top crop in the U.S, making up more than half of the total feed consumed.

The impacts of COVID-19 on feed consumption are still to be determined, but the report also contains information about COVID-19 Projections for Total Feed Consumption in 2025.

Read more about the report from AFIA.

iFEEDER Member Webinar

iFEEDER will be hosting a member webinar (Animal Feed Consumption and COVID-19 Impact Analysis) to provide a high-level overview of the data and answer any questions you may have. For more information, contact Rob Cooper, iFEEDER’s executive director.

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Registration: register for the iFEEDER member webinar online via GoToWebinar

First Application for Hemp as Feed Ingredient Submitted

Although hemp and CBD products are not yet approved for use in animal food, the Hemp Feed Coalition has submitted the first ingredient application in the U.S. for hemp to be federally approved as a feed ingredient. The application focuses on the ingredient in feed for laying hens.

This is the first step in getting these ingredients approved for use in other feeds as well.

Read more from New West Genetics. 


It’s important for consumers and producers to be aware of recent recalls, especially recalls that involve a particular ingredient, product or feed used or produced by a facility.

Being aware of new and evolving hazards is an important component for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals or others who are tasked with creating and implementing a food safety plan for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a list of current and past recalls on their Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. You can filter the recalls by product type, selecting Animal & Veterinary to see animal food recalls.

Do you have feed milling or animal food safety news to share? Contact Marissa Cohen to learn about ways to have your stories featured.

If you have questions about animal food safety, please contact Marissa Cohen.