US - Keith Epperson, American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) vice president of manufacturing and training, will retire on 31 December after nearly 40 years of service in the feed industry.
Mr Epperson joined AFIA in 2005 in the position he holds today and also served on three AFIA committees in leadership roles for numerous years while employed by Kent Feeds.
He said: "AFIA has allotted me the opportunity to continually work with the feed industry through our membership, other industry professionals and government agencies to face the issues, which have changed greatly since I first entered the industry."
He began his career in the feed industry at Kent Feeds in 1976, working his way through the ranks before retiring as the company's Vice President of Quality Assurance, Safety and Training and Operations of the Eastern Region.
AFIA President and CEO, Joel G. Newman, said: "Keith's feed and plant management expertise has proven to be a true asset to our members and the association. He has led the development and implementation of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, the International Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program and the Pet Food Manufacturers Certification Program. On behalf of AFIA, we wish Epperson all the best and are very thankful for his hard work through the years."
During his time at AFIA, Keith Epperson provided guidance and leadership on behalf of AFIA to federal agencies, including the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation and Homeland Security.
He served as the staff liaison of the Equipment Manufacturers Committee, assisting in the planning and implementation of the annual Equipment Manufacturers Conference, an event he once attended as an industry representative. He also served as the staff contact for the Quality, Integrator and Production Compliance committee.
Mr Epperson currently serves on the Kansas State University's Department of Grain and Science's Advisory Board and collaborates with K-State to provide distance learning education courses focusing on feed manufacturing.
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