NGFA Feed Contacts


Staff and Committees

David Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services

David Fairfield

Senior Vice President of Feed Services

David was promoted to vice president of feed services in March 2012, after having served as director since joining the staff in 2001. He manages the NGFA’s activities pertaining to feed and feed ingredient manufacturing, and livestock/poultry integrator operations. Among other things, he directs the NGFA’s highly acclaimed Model Feed Quality Assurance Program and distance-learning courses, and other feed-related educational and training programs. He also assists in membership recruitment and retention programs for the feed sector, and provides assistance to Affiliated Associations in addressing feed-related issues at the state level. He is the principal staff liaison to the Feed Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee and Feed Manufacturing and Technology Committee, and is a staff liaison to the Biofuels and Co-Products Committee. Dave joined the staff after 20 years as a manager of feed mills for Cargill Inc.’s Nutrena Feed Division; Continental Grain Co.’s Wayne Feed Division and Animal Nutrition Division; and Hubbard Feeds Inc. He was recipient of Feed Management Magazine’s Feed Mill of the Year Award in 2000 and a four-time recipient of the former Continental Grain Co.’s Quality Top Achiever Award. A Kansas native, he is a magna cum laude graduate in feed science and management from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., and was recognized as a Kansas scholar.

David is the staff person to contact if you need information on:

  • Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Biofuels co-products
  • Environmental issues (feed mills)
  • Feed ingredients
  • Feed manufacturing
  • Feed mill operations
  • Feed safety and quality systems
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Safety Issues (feedmills)
  • State Feed Regulatory Agencies
Jess McCluer, Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Jess McCluer

Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Jess manages NGFA’s wide-ranging operational programs concerning employee safety and industrial health, environmental issues, grain-handling facility design and equipment, and grain inspection and weighing issues. He is principal staff liaison to the Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee, Grain Grades and Weights Committee, Biotechnology Committee, and Agroterrorism and Facility Security Committee.

He joined NGFA’s staff in 2007 after serving since April 2003 as a program analyst at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Office of Outreach Services and Alliances. In that capacity, he worked with trade associations, professional societies, academia, unions and government agencies to coordinate the implementation of national alliances and the development of compliance assistance resources. He was honored twice – in 2003 and 2005 – as recipient of the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award. Before joining OSHA, McCluer served from 1999-2003 as manager of government affairs for the Shipbuilders Council of America, overseeing the association’s Safety, Environmental and Human Resources Committees.

McCluer was staff assistant for both the Dole/Kemp ’96 presidential campaign and the 1996 Republican National Committee convention. A native of Dallas, Texas, he was graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and international studies. He also received a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jess is the staff person to contact if you need information on:

  • Environmental issues
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Facility design, operations and security
  • Fires and explosions
  • Fumigants and pesticides
  • Grain inspection, weighing
  • Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards
  • Administration
  • Grain quality
  • National Conference on Weights and Measures
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Operations/technical issues
  • Safety and health issues
  • Sanitary/phytosanitary regulation
  • Toxins, contaminants
Feed Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee

This committee addresses federal, state and international legislative and regulatory issues affecting feed and feed ingredient manufacturers and integrators, including animal feed safety and world animal health codes.  It inter­acts extensively with the Food and Drug Administration, the Association of American Feed Control Officials and state feed regulatory agencies on feed safety, model feed laws, labeling, ingredient definitions and other issues.

Feed Manufacturing and Technology Committee

This committee addresses operations issues and technological developments important to the manufacturing operations of commercial feed mills, feed ingredient firms, and livestock and poultry integrators.  Among other things, it evaluates the latest developments in product safety, quality, production and manufacturing technology; interacts with universities; and provides education and communication on feed operations issues.  It provides input on updates to the NGFA’s first-of-its-kind Model Feed Quality Assurance Program; develops the NGFA’s approach to new quality systems (such as hazard analysis and critical control point, ISO 9000 and global quality assurance systems); and promotes methods to improve plant operation efficiencies and control costs.

Biofuels Committee

This committee identifies trends and addresses issues in the biofuels industry significant to NGFA-member companies, including those related to the production and use of biofuel co-products used as feed ingredients.  It also keeps abreast of the needs of NGFA-member companies involved in biofuels production as they relate to the grain, feed and grain processing industry.  The committee refers issues and recommendations important to the biofuels sector concerning such matters as grain availability, co-product utilization, transportation/logistics, and safety, health and environmental compliance to the appropriate NGFA committees for review and action.  And it develops plans for attracting additional biofuels companies into the NGFA membership.