Southern States’ Payne attends training

Brady Payne, of Southern States Cooperative Inc. – Mount Airy Agronomy Plant, has attended a three-day training program designed to qualify retail employees as FeedMaster Certified Feed Specialist.

The training program is tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to caring for and feeding various types of animals. The program provides new and updated information and qualifies for continuing education units by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, a national organization that certifies animal scientists through examination.

Professors from land grant universities in the Southern States service area, industry nutritionists, veterinarians and Southern States employees were among those conducting technical sessions during the program Payne attended.

“With all the research and new developments occurring, animal owners need and want the best possible counsel on feed nutrition and feed solutions in general,” says Rich Schneider, part of the Southern States team that developed the FeedMaster program. “FeedMaster programs instill knowledge in our people, so that we can truly provide people who know.”

Founded in 1923, Southern States is a Richmond, Virginia-based farm supply and service cooperative that now has more than 200,000 farmer-members.

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