One of the benefits to applying for the award is that each applicant receives benchmarking information at the end of the competition, regardless of status by the end of the competition. Many cite the receipt of benchmarking data as the top reason for applying.

Companies have used the feedback to improve their overall standing in the program, as well as to improve their facility in the areas of safety, quality, efficiency, housekeeping and government compliance.

The application process begins by filling out the online survey. Once applications are processed and scored, site visits to the top finalists by an inspection team from AFIA and Feedstuffs will occur. Final selection is based on a combined scoring of the application and personal visit.

The winner will be announced in the fall.

“Last year, over 80 feed facilities applied. In part, this can be attributed to the benchmarking data provided to all applicants,” explained Keith Epperson, AFIA vice president of manufacturing and training.

“The data can be used compare standards across the industry, already useful tool for any mill to have; but especially so in these times of increased industry regulation.”

Both the winner and the runner-up will be permitted to use appropriate logos for one year to promote their accomplishments.

Participation is limited to feed mills with current AFIA memberships. To apply for the 2012 program, please complete the online application.

The application fee for the program is $35 per facility. Companies who want to enter multiple facilities must pay the fee for each.

Payment should be mailed to AFIA at 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 916, Arlington VA 22201. To ensure payment is credited properly, please type “FMOTY 2012” in the memo line of the check. Applications are due by May 31.

Questions specific to the application may be directed to Keith Epperson at (703) 558-3568.  end_mark


—From American Feed Industry Association news release