The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) congratulates Joseph Biden, Jr. and Kamala Harris for assuming the duties of president and vice president respectively of the United States. AFIA’s President and CEO Constance Cullman issued the following statement following the presidential inauguration in Washington.
“On behalf of our nearly 700 animal feed, pet food and ingredient manufacturing members across the country, we extend our best wishes to the Biden administration for a successful term in office. Our 944,000-strong workforce is the backbone of the U.S. food supply chain, keeping America’s livestock, poultry and pets fed, while generating nearly $300 billion in sales and over $22 billion in taxes to support local communities and state coffers.
“Now more than ever, we need a strategy that will curb the spread of COVID-19 and get our economy going and growing again; an efficient regulatory system that allows U.S. manufacturers to swiftly bring innovations that can improve animal health and nutrition to the marketplace; and trade policies that foster opportunities for growth and leadership abroad to maintain our competitive edge. We also look forward to working together on a science-based strategy for tackling climate change and improving rural infrastructure, including improving the connectivity of the rural communities responsible for keeping us fed in times of calm and crisis.
“Our country is facing tough challenges, but just as a farmer does not give up on farming after a difficult growing year, we will not give up in our belief that we can and will meet these challenges. We stand committed to partnering with the new Biden administration in being part of the solutions that will improve the lives of all Americans.”
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