The American Feed Industry Association's annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference (EMC) brought 41 attendees to Orlando, Florida. The event, hosted by the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee, focused on assessing risk management in the equipment manufacturing industry, while providing opportunities to network and raise money for the EMC scholarship fund.
Attendees heard from a diverse lineup of speakers on a variety of topics, including an update on policy issues being discussed in Washington, D.C., a presentation on safety labels, a panel discussion with AFIA's Production Compliance Committee and more. Dan Klein, author of My 3:59, a story about Dan's mission to live each day in the present, gave the keynote address on moving with purpose.
"Attendees have said this year's Equipment Manufacturers Conference was informative and relevant, making it a huge success," said Gary Huddleston, AFIA's director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. "The speakers all provided great education for attendees, and Dan Klein really motivated attendees to push past their limits and reach for their goals."
In addition to the educational program, the event kicked off with the annual four-person scramble golf tournament, which raised more than $2,000 for the EMC scholarship fund, which offers scholarships to students pursuing feed industry-related degrees. AFIA recognizes the first-place team consisting of Andy Bishop of Kalmbach Feeds, Mike Gauss of Kent Nutrition, Tim Lease of WL Port-Land Systems, and Gary Huddleston of AFIA. The Equipment Manufacturers Committee partners with the Institute for Feed Education and Research to provide the scholarship fund.
The 2018 Equipment Manufacturers Conference will take place Nov. 7-9 in San Antonio, Texas.