NARA’s 2024 Congressional Fly-In: Advocating for the Rendering Industry

The North American Renderers Association (NARA) recently hosted its annual Congressional Fly-In in Washington, D.C., from June 10-12. This three-day event brought together NARA members who came to our Nation’s Capital from all over the U.S. to advocate for the rendering industry’s interests.   Productive Meetings with Policymakers Throughout the Fly-In, NARA members met with engaged in meaningful discussions with their Representatives, and their staff. Key topics included: Sustainability Regulatory Concerns Trade Environmental Stewardship Food

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Senators Advocate for Including Rendering in National Food Waste Strategy

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In a significant move to address the critical issue of food waste, a bipartisan group of eight Senators has urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to incorporate rendering into the Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. You can read the full letter they sent here.   The Senators Behind the Initiative Led by Senators Roger Marshall, Michael Bennet, and

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Gearing Up For National Rendering Day -10 Ways to Celebrate

The 2nd annual National Rendering Day will be observed on April 21st. Celebrating this important day each year helps in educating on and acknowledging the vital role of rendering in sustainability and environmental protection and shows appreciation for all those in the rendering industry. Initiated by the North American Renderers Association (NARA) in 2022, this National Day highlights agricultural rendering, a process that has been used for centuries to transforms food waste into valuable resources.

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7 Reasons to Attend the International Rendering Symposium at IPPE

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The annual International Rendering Symposium returns to the 2024 IPPE, and this year it’s better than ever! Join us in person February 1 & 2 at the Georgia Center Congress Center or virtually!   Register now to…   1. Hear from global industry thought leaders on subjects like: How to think like a bird or a shrimp…or at least what feed ingredients they crave How to improve the sustainability of aquaculture diets How to increase sustainable pet food production How to utilize global

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Organics Recycling: What It Is and Why It Matters

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On October 10th NARA issued a press release announcing a broad-reaching information campaign with the goal of educating on Organics Recycling and how including renderable material plays a critical role in sustainability. The campaign includes a colorful and detailed infographic titled Organics Recycling: How Recycling Food Waste with Rendering Creates Value & Ensures Sustainability, which was designed be used as an educational tool for the public, and those in the government sector who may not be

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Upcoming EPA Chloride Restrictions: Planning for Potential Changes

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This article contains sponsored content. Guest Post By NARA Member, Eric Schnakenberg, Area Manager at Chem Aqua Midwest           Chlorides – What are they? The short answer is salt. Where do they come from? Most likely your water softener and its regeneration process. These softeners are great plant assets used to protect the boilers, scrubbers, and other water using equipment in plant operations, but they discharge chlorides during their cleaning cycles.

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A Message From NARA’s President, Kent Swisher

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NARA has debuted an informative new video issuing a message from NARA’s President, Kent Swisher, who took the helm as President and CEO of the association in January of 2022. The video informs members and the public of current events and updates, exciting new announcements, details of NARA’s vision and mission, and a three point plan for the future of NARA under Swisher’s leadership. It also serves as informative and helpful communication for current members, the community,

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NARA Voices Support for Bipartisan SAFE Act 


NARA issued a Press Release earlier this month expressing strong support for the Safe American Food Exports Act (SAFE Act) which was recently introduced by Reps. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA). It would codify USDA’s role in negotiating regionalization agreements that allow livestock, poultry, and other animal products from unaffected areas of the country to continue to be safety exported in the event of an animal disease outbreak.   Regionalization is a critical tool to

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NARA Supports The Protein PACT

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Earlier this month NARA issued a press release announcing that it has joined  dozens of other food and Agriculture organizations in supporting The Protein PACT: For the People, Animals and Climate of Tomorrow, the largest-ever effort to strengthen animal protein’s contributions to healthy people, healthy animals, healthy communities and a healthy environment. NARA has endorsed the Protein PACT because we recognize the importance of continuous improvement in the animal agriculture industry and see the benefit that

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The First National Rendering Day

a logo for national rendering day on april 21

Friday, April 21st was the inaugural National Rendering Day.   NARA issued a press release that included the official National Day Calendar issued proclamation announcing National Rendering Day to media and the public. One of NARA’s goals is educating the public and our communities on the highly sustainable nature of rendering. By observing National Rendering Day every April 21st, we hope to bring to awareness to rendering’s many environmental benefits and how rendering plays a really critical in role reducing and eliminating food

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