Organics Recycling: What It Is and Why It Matters

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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Have You Checked Out Our Rendering Podcast?

Have you checked out NARA’s rendering podcast, The Invisible Industry? Whether you are a member of the Animal Ag or rendering industries, or you are just interested in learning about rendering, how rendering supports sustainability, reduced food waste and the circular economy; we invite you to begin your journey by starting with our newest episode!   In this historic 6th episode of the podcast we discuss National Rendering Day, a new National day that is

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A Message From NARA’s President, Kent Swisher

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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Welcome Dr. Charles Starkey!

Dr. Charles Starkey

As many in the rendering industry know, after more than 18 years at NARA and a lifetime in the animal agriculture industry, Dr. David Meeker has retired from his position as The Fats and Proteins Foundation (FPRF) Research Director, and NARA’s Senior Vice President of Scientific Services. Read the press release announcing Dr. Meeker’s retirement. NARA thanks Dr. Meeker for his time and dedication to the rendering industry, and though the farewell was bittersweet, NARA

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NARA Talks Sustainability at USDA’s Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair

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Earlier this month, on September 14th, NARA’s Director of Communications, Anna Wilkinson joined other esteemed speakers from the agriculture, reduced food waste and sustainability industries for USDA’s 2nd Annual Virtual Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair. In her presentation titled “Rendering: The Unsung Hero of Sustainability,” she detailed why the often-overlooked rendering industry is actually a major player in the reduction of food waste. She discussed rendering’s important role in not only food waste reduction

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NARA President Testifies on Rendering Sustainability Benefits at House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

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On July 15th, President, and CEO of the North American Renderers Association (NARA), Kent Swisher, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on the sustainability benefits of rendering. Swisher was one of four witnesses testifying and the sole representative of the agriculture sector. He was joined by Dana Gunders, Executive Director, ReFED, Dr. Melinda Cep, Vice President for Natural Solutions and Working Lands, National Audubon Society, and Elly Brown,

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Rendering’s Sustainability Story Gets a Boost: Feature Article Published in 3 International Agriculture and Animal Nutrition Magazines

International Petfood Magazine June 2022

Rendering education continues to be a top priority at NARA. The more awareness there is about what rendering is and what we do, the more renderers and NARA members can showcase rendering’s important contributions to reduced food waste and sustainability as a whole. Agricultural rendering is an industry that has largely “flown under the radar” for many years, but we are now proudly sharing our sustainability story. Rendering is by definition sustainable as we are

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Happy Hamburger Month!

National Hamburger Month

According to who you ask, May is the National month of various beef products with Wikipedia listing 3 National days dedicated to the meat within the month including National Italian Beef Day, National Brisket Day and National Burger day (on May 27, 28 and 29th respectively), and many celebrate the entire month of May in honor of hamburgers.   The hamburger: though a category all its own, it is arguably America’s favorite “sandwich” and certainly

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Dr. Meeker Receives Prestigious Tallow Master Award

Dr. David Meeker Receives the Tallow Master Award

NARA and FPRF’s Senior Vice President of Scientific Services, Dr. David Meeker, has been presented with the prestigious Tallow Master Award in appreciation of his distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the American rendering industry.   The award was presented at the Pacific Coast Renderers Association annual meeting in Laguna Niguel, California, earlier this month.   In his acceptance of the award, Meeker said, “Working for renderers has been the best job of my career.

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NARA.org Website Tour

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Are you interested in learning more about rendering and how it’s connected to sustainability, reduced food waste and biofuels?   Are you in the rendering industry and looking for news and information about the industry, or want to learn more about the North American Renderers Association?   Recently our website got a big makeover, and in today’s blog we want to give you a tour of NARA.org and go over some pages you may find

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