TFGA Seeks Executive Secretary

Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 09:02 PM

The Tennessee Feed and Grain Association currently has a vacancy in the role of Executive Secretary.  The TFGA is seeking candidates with strong leadership and interpersonal relationship skills.  This role requires analytical and logical skills combined excellent oral and written communication.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to Martha Shy [[email protected]].

Job Description:

The Executive Secretary of the Tennessee Feed and Grain Association manages all areas of the day to day business of the association. The tasks depend on the type of promotion/education activity they are involved in for the association.

The following are the basic tasks and duties of Executive Secretary: implements the plans and strategies for annual promotion, education, and convention projects as determined by the Executive Board of Directors. The Executive Secretary ensures that all policies and rules are implemented and followed. The Executive Secretary represents the Tennessee Feed and Grain Association to other organizations across the state.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements

Expected to be a good motivator, good leader, strong interpersonal relationship skills. This job also requires analytical and logic skills. Communication skills – oral and written expected.


Updated Convention Agenda and Attendees List

Friday, January 6, 2017 @ 06:01 PM

The 2017 TFGA Convention Agenda and Attendees List has been updated.  Visit the TFGA Events page to view the updated information.

Website Updates

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 08:09 AM

Several sections of the website, including the membership directory and the events page, are being updated. Any questions, comments, or concerns should be directed to Executive Secretary Martha Shy at [email protected].

In an effort to provide clarity on the clouded topic of greenhouse gas emissions, a recent report out of the University of California, Davis, focuses on animal agriculture’s contribution to GHG–believed to drive climate change–challenging naysayers with surprising and encouraging new evidence.

In an effort to provide clarity on the clouded topic of greenhouse gas emissions, a recent report out of the University of California, Davis, focuses on animal agriculture’s contribution to GHG–believed to drive climate change–challenging naysayers with surprising and encouraging new evidence.

The American Feed Industry Association strongly backs the “Livestock’s Contribution’s to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction” white paper, which states globally and in the U.S., energy production and use, as well as the transportation sector, are the largest anthropogenic contributors of GHG. The document, produced by UC-Davis’ Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., details research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stating animal agriculture contributes only 4.2 percent GHG emissions, not the 18 percent to 51 percent often wrongfully cited.

“Comparing the 4.2 percent GHG contribution from livestock to the 27 percent from the transportation sector, or 31 percent from the energy sector in the U.S., brings all contributions to GHG into perspective,” wrote Mitloehner in the document.

“It is no wonder why there is so much confusion today surrounding the topic of greenhouse gases. With anti-agriculture groups shouting inaccurate data about ‘cows causing climate change’ and ‘ag being to blame,’ it is hard for anyone to focus on, or even to find, the facts,” said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman.

However, the facts are clear, especially surrounding where the most effective opportunities are for decreasing GHG emissions in various sectors, adds Newman. The white paper denounces “Meatless Mondays,” stating the program is not as efficient as its advocates lead the public to believe.

If all Americans practiced Meatless Mondays, only a 0.6 percent reduction of GHG emissions would be seen in the U.S. If the U.S. population instead replaced their incandescent lightbulbs with Energy Star bulbs, double the reduction would be seen (1.2 percent).

“One certainly cannot neglect emissions from the livestock sector, but to compare them to the main emission sources would put us on a wrong path to solutions, namely to significantly reduce our anthropogenic carbon footprint to reduce climate change,” Mitloehner stated in the paper.

“It may come as a surprise, but the U.S. livestock sector–looked at on a global scale–has the lowest carbon footprint per unit of livestock produced (i.e. meat, milk, eggs). We want to educate others in the feed, livestock and poultry sectors worldwide on using research, new technologies and best practices to achieve this as well,” said Newman.

To accurately and fairly assess emissions, as well as identify an overall path toward providing abundant food for years to come, Mitloehner and AFIA are part of a multi-stakeholder partnership project hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) titled “Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership”–a globally harmonized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology for all livestock species and the feed sector. The first three-year phase project was finalized in December 2015 producing six publically available LCA guidelines.

The white paper reminds, “Now is the time to end the rhetoric and separate facts from fiction around the numerous sectors that contribute emissions, and to identify solutions for the global food supply that allow us to reduce our impact on the planet and its resources.”

SFGA Forms Online

Sunday, July 3, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

Several forms have been added for those attending the Southern Feed & Grain Association Convention.  Please locate the forms on the Events page or below.

July 24-27, 2016
Southern Feed & Grain Convention

The 2016 Southern Feed and Grain Association Convention will be held in Sandestin, Florida from July 24 until 27, 2016.

The Hotel Housing Form is now online.  Please make your reservation soon to ensure you get the room you requested.

The Alabama Feed and Grain Association Membership Application is also available.

Agenda – 2016 SFGA Convention

Registration Letter – 2016 SFGA Convention

Contribution Form – 2016 SFGA Convention

Booth Registration Form

Enrollment Form – 2016 SFGA Convention

Payment by Credit Card – 2016 SFGA Convention

Any questions should be directed to Edna Walker ([email protected]) of the Alabama Feed and Grain Association.