Dr. Dale Hill of ADM Alliance Nutrition and Paul Phillips of Maxi-Lift/Southwest Agri-Plastics have been named the American Feed Industry Association’s 2011 members of the year.

The AFIA Member of the Year award is given to individuals who exhibit amazing support in helping the association achieve its goals and objectives over the previous year.


Hill is the manager of companion animal nutrition with ADM, and has a background in dryland and irrigated crop production and livestock production. He has served on the AFIA pet food committee since 2009 and served as chair this last year. In 2010, he spearheaded the effort to review, renew and publish an updated version of “Salmonella Control Guidelines.”

Phillips is executive vice president of Maxi-Lift and vice president of marketing for Southwest Agri-Plastics. Over the past several years Mr. Phillips has been a strong advocate for the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee’s Scholarship Fund, working to increase it so more Kansas State University scholarships can be awarded to students entering the feed industry. While serving on the AFIA board of directors and executive committee, Phillips served as chair of the EMC. He was a charter trustee of the Institute for Feed Education and Research and one of its first donors. He also serves on the Safe Feed/Safe Food Board-level Advisory Task Force.