The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to announce Joe Harris, Ph.D., executive vice president of Westway Feed Products, as its 2019 Liquid Feed Hall of Fame inductee. AFIA’s Liquid Feed Committee presented the award – the highest award offered in the liquid feed industry – to Harris today at AFIA’s Liquid Feed Symposium, being held this week in Omaha, Neb.
“Dr. Harris has been described as ‘one of the best minds in the liquid feed industry’ for his innovative thinking and knowledge of chemistry that has enabled him to develop many new liquid feed products,” said Rob Brock of Westway Feed Products. “Without a doubt, his teachings and talents have contributed to the development, growth and continued expansion of the liquid feed industry.”
He has been an outspoken communicator, authoring many articles in both U.S. and international publications on the benefits of molasses, liquid feed and coproducts, and speaking to industry groups.
Harris joined Westway Feed Products in 1992 and since then, he has helped grow the company’s U.S. locations from two to 28 across North America. Under his leadership, he has also expanded the company’s product lines and developed products to meet the needs of Westway’s customers across the beef and dairy cattle industries.
Harris has a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from the University of Florida, where he graduated in 1981.
The Liquid Feed Symposium is the country’s largest gathering of liquid supplement leaders in manufacturing, nutrition, quality, sales and marketing. The annual Liquid Feed Hall of Fame award recognizes outstanding individuals in the liquid feed industry, who receive a plaque to commemorate their achievements. There have been only 20 prior inductees.
Founded in 1909, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal food industry and its suppliers. The organization’s membership is comprised of more than 680 domestic and international companies that represent the total feed industry—manufacturers of commercial and integrated feed and pet food, ingredient suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA members manufacture more than 75 percent of the feed and 70 percent of the non-grain ingredients used in the country. AFIA is also recognized as the leader on international industry developments, and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).