Funding Opportunity – RFA-FD-19-021: Implementation of the Animal Feed
Regulatory Program Standards
Applicant: State of Alabama, Department of Agriculture and Industries,
Agricultural Compliance Section
As with other state animal feed programs, ours is not a revenue generating program.
To that end it makes it difficult to have the needed funds appropriated to our program for
improvements in equipment and technology.
This funding opportunity will allow us to achieve the feed standards, and to make
significant improvements to our program with the purchase of new equipment and
technologies not only for the program but also for our testing laboratory. This
opportunity will also afford us the potential to update and, in some cases, replace
equipment to improve the effectiveness of our sample collection, storing, transporting
and analytical abilities. Accordingly; we will be able to maintain programmatic
improvements for years to come that will help ensure the safety and integrity of the U.S.
animal feed supply.
Our program will utilize specific members of our staff to develop and execute a plan to
establish and become compliant with two standards each year until all standards are
fully implemented. Concurrently our testing laboratory will be taking all necessary steps
fulfilling Standard 10 and becoming ISO/IED 17025:2005 certified. Standard Operating
Procedures (SOP) will be developed in every area where they would be appropriate to
address all aspects of the program.
This program has been and will continue to be a participant in the Animal Feed
Contract. We have been able participate in some training opportunities and to attend
the AFRP's Face to Face Meetings.
Currently our staff consists of a division director, eleven Agricultural Compliance
staffers, which includes eight inspectors a program manager and two office staff, five
testing laboratory staff and two registration staff.
We will be assigning certain task to the following: The division director, program
manager, field inspector supervisor, testing laboratory director, testing laboratory quality
control director and an office assistant.