7 Reasons to Attend the International Rendering Symposium at IPPE

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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Upcoming EPA Chloride Restrictions: Planning for Potential Changes

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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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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The First National Rendering Day

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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NARA Urges Congress to Move Forward With SHIP IT Act

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On March 10th NARA issued a press release announcing that the association had joined other members of the Agricultural Transportation Working Group in signing a letter of support for the Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking Act (SHIP IT). Read the press release. The letter urges Congress to take action to improve supply chain function to support truck transportation. Trucking freight is a cornerstone of the transportation industry with most forms of cargo

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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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2022 Don Franco Distinguished Service Award Winner

Dr. David Meeker Receives the 2022 Don Franco Distinguished Service Award

NARA  is pleased to announce the 2022 “Don Franco Distinguished Service Award” has been presented to Dr. David Meeker for his leadership and longtime commitment to the rendering industry, NARA, and to the association’s research and related programs. The Don Franco Distinguished Service Award is NARA’s highest honor. It recognizes truly outstanding work on behalf of the rendering industry in science, policy, marketing, or communications and is presented to a member, staff, or friend of

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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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