The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is welcoming John Stewart as its manager of government affairs. This role fills a vacancy on the association's legislation and regulatory team.

Stewart's main responsibility is to educate government officials about the animal food industry. He will lead AFIA's federal advocacy efforts, coordinate member fly-ins and represent the organization at meetings and hearings. He will also be part of AFIA's team monitoring state affairs and assist in the development of the association's comments and testimony.

Stewart joins AFIA from the office of Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), where he was a staff assistant. He previously worked for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and Elanco Animal Health.

"We are pleased to have John join our legislative and regulatory team," said Leah Wilkinson, AFIA's vice president of legislative, regulatory and state affairs. "With experience on the Hill, as well as with industry, he will be a tremendous asset to AFIA and our entire membership, in the process of educating elected officials."

Stewart holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural education with minors in animal science, agribusiness management and agricultural leadership from North Carolina State University.