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Specialist hired to assist Indiana animal feed producers

June 9, 2020

Roy Ballard, a recent Purdue Extension retiree who spent 28 years as an Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Floyd and Hancock counties, has been appointed at Purdue Extension as the Office of the Indiana State Chemist Animal Food Safety Specialist.

Ballard will assist producers with animal feed regulation and compliance questions regarding the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule. This rule requires that covered animal food facilities implement a food safety plan with an analysis of hazards and risk-based preventive controls to minimize those hazards. The FSMA Animal Food rule was developed to proactively reduce the potential for injury or loss to pets, livestock and humans who may come in contact with animal food products or animal byproducts.

“I look forward to working with Indiana animal feed producers to find ways to accommodate the expectations of this rule before they become a hardship for their business. Together we can find ways to comply as we proactively ensure the safety of Hoosier animal feeds,” said Ballard.

Ballard has created a private Facebook group called Indiana Animal Feed Producers to foster communication between animal feed producers in Indiana. Producers seeking more information about regulatory compliance for animal feeds are encouraged to join the group and contact Ballard at or (317) 642-6566. Producers are also welcome to take an online survey found at

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