American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) member The F.L. Emmert Company recently made the largest public donation on record to the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) to advance education and research within the feed industry. The donation is valued at $125,000, which will help IFEEDER support critical research and education projects focused on meeting the challenges of sustainable feed and food production.

Emmert, based in Cincinnati, is a family-owned and -operated nutritional feed ingredients supplier that manufactures unique brewer's yeast supplements. The company has been in the Emmert family for more than 100 years.

Emmert's pledge makes the company the first member of IFEEDER's Corporate Chairman's Club, an elite level of giving. The company's donation was recognized during a check-signing ceremony recently with IFEEDER Executive Director Ken Thomas and Chairman Dean Warras.

"As we examined our core beliefs and the challenges, opportunities and hopes of our industry, we realized we must do more than agree -- we must engage, commit and help lead," said Emmert President Mike Manning in a company statement.

IFEEDER was created in 2009 to address the challenges the U.S. food and feed production industries will face in the next 40 years and beyond, as the world's population grows by almost 2.5 billion people.

IFEEDER recently contributed $100,000 toward porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus research and also sponsored the 2013 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology report, "Animal Feed vs. Human Food: Challenges in Sustaining Animal Agriculture Toward 2050."