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Funding the Future of Florida Feed

Florida’s feed industry works to support food and feed safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome products.

The Florida Feed Association, Inc., generously created an endowment to support scholarships or fellowships for graduate students in the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, with preference given to students intending to pursue a career in the animal feed industry.

The feed nutrition research programs within the department are widely diversified with a distinct emphasis on nutritional challenges facing livestock production in a subtropical climate. Efforts focus on increasing understanding of the functions and interactions of carbohydrates, lipids, protein, minerals and vitamins in domestic animal metabolism. Many of these findings advance commercial enterprises and the animal feed industry. Graduate and faculty research findings are reported in educational efforts, such as the Equine Science Society Symposium, the Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, the Beef Cattle Short Course, and the Dairy Production Conference held yearly in Gainesville.

Faculty and graduate students work collaboratively across disciplines and departments in order to address challenges more effectively and to improve the Florida animal feed industry. Other departments conducting research with nutrition faculty of the Animal Sciences Department include Agronomy, College of Veterinary Medicine, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Microbiology and Cell Science, Statistics, and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

“The Florida Feed Association has been a long-time supporter of the Department of Animal Sciences through scholarships,” said John Arthington, Professor and Chair of the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences. “We are thrilled that they have decided to increase their investment in our Department, our students and in the Florida feed industry as a whole. This endowment will be used as a graduate student fellowship for students pursuing nutrition research that has application toward the animal feed industry. Endowments and financial support from industry partners, such as this one, allows us to attract and retain the best students and researchers, who will be able to solve the problems facing the Florida Feed industry.”

The Florida Feed Association is a non-profit organization that works diligently to assist members in providing their utmost service to feed product consumers, and to consumers in allied industries. The Florida Feed Association, Inc. encourages development of friendly relations between all segments of the feed and related industries, such as transport, packaging, equipment, marketing, insurance, and laboratory analysis.

You can join the Florida Feed Association in supporting graduate students in the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences by clicking here. For more ways to support this endowment, please contact John Hooker (jdhooker@ufl.edu, 352-294-7868).