Weekly Wrap-Up: April 2

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Feed 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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Last Chance: Targeting Excellence 2021 Scholarships

The 2021 Targeting Excellence Scholarship cycle has opened for submission. This scholarship opportunity is available for undergraduate and graduate College of Agriculture students enrolled in classes by September 1, 2021. 

The application package includes a written or video response to one of the following essay questions:

  1. What is one positive change you see in Food Animal Production as a result of the challenges faced by producers during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. In your opinion what is one issue due to the COVID-19 pandemic that food animal production is struggling to address? What is your solution to this issue?

Applicants must also submit a personal statement of 500 words or less on their personal career goals, two references, and a digital copy of their transcript. Applicants have the option to submit their resume and one additional supporting document (in addition to the essays).

Applications are due Friday April 2, 2021 and awards will be announced April 29, 2021.

ICYMI: Stand Up 4 Grain Safety

This week, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) teamed up with the Grain Handling Safety Council and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS), to offer their annual grain safety webinar series, Stand Up 4 Grain Safety. The week-long series focused on:

  • a kick-off event,
  • near-miss reporting,
  • the impact of grain quality on safety,
  • bin safety, and
  • emergency action plans.

The webinars were recorded and will be available on the Stand Up 4 Grain Safety website, along with the resources for each topic.

Participating companies and individuals are eligible for certificates of participation.

Coming Up

Ask the Pet Food Pro Webinars

Petfood Forum is presenting a series of webinars that’ll answer some of your questions on pet food topics and issues. The first webinar is coming April 28.

Pet food recalls: Best practices and lessons

Michele Sayles, Ph.D., executive director of food safety and technology for Diamond Pet Food, provides her expertise on how to prevent recalls—including for contaminants like mycotoxins—and how to handle them if they occur.

Date: April 28, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. EDT
Registration: Register for the Ask the Pet Food Pro webinar online 

See the entire schedule of Ask the Pet Food Pro webinars.

Thoughts From AFIA

Then & Now: 10 Years of FSMA

A lot has changed in the animal food industries over the last 10 years. AFIA’s recent blog post talks about the changes associated with FSMA and how the industry has positively responded to these changes.

Hemp on the Horizon?

The animal food industry is known for efforts to increase sustainability. One way they do this is by feeding by-products from other industries to animals so they can use nutrients and prevent waste. 

Although hemp isn’t legal yet for animal consumption, efforts to change hemp’s status are currently underway. Read about how these changes are taking place on the state and federal regulatory levels and what it could mean for the industry.

For more information, check out the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Guidelines on Hemp in Animal Food.

Ensuring FSMA/FDA Compliance During a Pandemic

Regulatory compliance is constantly evolving, especially with regard to food safety. As we become aware of new and emerging food safety challenges, our regulatory framework must change to meet these needs. Pet Food Industry published an article on ensuring FSMA/FDA compliance during a pandemic, discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the regulatory system and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) response with innovative ways for conducting inspections.

For more information about what to expect during an inspection, read our inspection factsheet.

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How Animal Food Facilities Can Prepare for Regulatory Inspections

Though they can be a source of worry, the fact of the matter is that many animal food facilities often think about preparing for inspections as the inspectors walk through …


As part of a facility’s comprehensive food safety plan, it’s important to be aware of market recalls that could impact your food safety system.

Recent recalls can be a good source of information for employees responsible for food safety planning, as new hazards for certain foods could impact the results of a hazard analysis.

Be sure to keep up with FDA’s most recent recalls for the latest information.

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.