George Ferguson, President
George currently works as the Feed Administrator for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, where he is responsible for the management of the NC Food and Drug Protection Division's Regulatory Feed Program. While growing up on a small dairy farm in western NC George developed a passion for agriculture that would eventually bring him to NC State, from where he graduated in 1994 with a BS Degree in Poultry Science. While a student at NC State he had the good fortune to have an advisor who had purchased a small feed mill in Fuquay-Varina, where he would get his start in the feed manufacturing business. After graduation he worked briefly for Perdue Poultry in Ahoskie NC, but found himself drawn back into the world of feed where he would spend the next 15 years. From farm store management to dealer development and sales, George worked with independent dealers of numerous feed manufacturing firms to include Southern States, Purina Mills and Blue Seal Feeds. In 2012 George transitioned from industry to regulatory, as he accepted the position of Feed Safety Officer within the NC Food and Drug Protection Division, Animal Feed Program. He has since served as the Divisions Compliance Officer and now serves as the programs Administrator.
Eric Brady, President-Elect
Eric Brady is the Statewide Supervisor for Ag Inputs Section for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Over the last four years, Eric has overseen daily field operations for the Feed, Seed, Fertilizer, and Lime programs and managed field inspectors across the state. Eric has been involved with AAFCO as the co-chair of Feed and Feed Ingredient Manufacturing and on the training cadres for BITS and AITS. Before this role, Eric was the Stormwater Coordinator for the City of Crossville. Eric holds a Master's degree in Agriculture and Natural Resource Systems Management from the University of Tennessee. In his spare time, he enjoys cattle farming and hunting.
Erin Bubb, Immediate Past President
She received a B.S. in Agricultural Science from the Pennsylvania State University. She started her career with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in 2000 as an Inspector of feed, fertilizer, seed, and pesticide products. Currently, Erin is the Chief of Agronomic Products and Regional Inspection Services. She volunteers as the AAFCO Miscellaneous Products Investigator and the Alfalfa Products Investigator. Her favorite hobbies include gardening, and spending time outdoors with her two dogs. Erin lives with her husband and daughter in South Central Pennsylvania
Ashlee-Rose Ferguson, Secretary-Treasurer
Originally hailing from outside of Philadelphia, Ashlee-Rose Ferguson obtained her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science from State University of New York: College of Environmental Science & Forestry/Syracuse University. Then going on to gain valuable public and environmental health experience with: Washington State Department of Health in the Zoonotic Disease section; Clemson University in the Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences; South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control in Retail Food Protection and Vector Surveillance Programs. She moved back to Washington State in late 2017 to work with Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Animal Feed Program as their Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS) Coordinator, now Assistant Program Manager. Prior to her third cross-country move, Ashlee-Rose served as the Vice President for South Carolina Environmental Health Association. She is currently serving as the International Health Committee Vice Chair with Washington State Environmental Health Association, is a Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist, and a Cohort VII graduate of the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Fellowship in Food Protection. When Ashlee-Rose is not working, she enjoys living in a lush temperate rainforest along a salmon spawning creek, photography, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones (which includes her fiancé, Vladimir and their three cats: Koca, Luna, and Mickey, probably a dog soon too).
Josh Arbaugh, Director
Josh Arbaugh is a Chemist and Seed Analyst with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. He graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Biology before joining the department in 2011. His work in the laboratory includes the analysis of animal feed, pet food, forage, seed, fertilizer, liming material, and food products. He began attending AAFCO meetings in 2013 and has been an active member of the Laboratory Methods and Services and Proficiency Testing Program Committees. Josh lives with his wife, two daughters, and three dogs in Charleston, WV.
Hollis Glenn, Director
Hollis Glenn is currently the Director of the Inspection and Consumer Services Division for the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). In this role, Hollis oversees several regulatory programs associated with Colorado’s agricultural industries, including the Commercial Feed and Produce Safety Program. He serves on the FDA Governing Council for the Partnership for Food Protection. In addition, Hollis was appointed by Governor Polis to serve on the Colorado Food System Advisory Council and was the recipient of the “Who’s Who in Agriculture” award in 2020.
Darrell Johnson, Director
Darrell Johnson has a B.S. in Animal Science from Missouri State University and an M. S. and Ph.D in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Kentucky. He spent 5½ years as Extension Ruminant Nutrition Specialist at Mississippi State University before returning to Kentucky in 1989 as a Technical Service Specialist for a regional feed company. He became Executive Director of Regulatory Services at the University of Kentucky in 2012. In this role he oversees the direction of feed, fertilizer, seed and milk regulations in the state. The regulations are set by state statute and are designed to provide consumers accuracy and completeness in the products they purchase. His Division is also responsible for soil testing provided through the Extension Service. He is a member and past president of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and is a Fellow in the American Society of Animal Science. He and his wife Beth live on a farm in central Kentucky where they raise cattle and goats. They have two adult children and two granddaughters.
Dan King, Director
Dan King has worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture since 2009 in the commercial feed program, primarily as a compliance officer. Prior to working for the department he worked at a small, independent coop handling feed, fertilizer, agronomy, and grain storage. Dan has five children, lives on a small farm raising cattle and is active in local politics.
Laura Scott, Director
Laura is a National Manager in the Animal Feed Division of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency where she is responsible for leading the feed regulatory modernization project and outreach and communications for the feed program. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Animal Biology and an MSc in Animal Nutrition. Her experience with the CFIA includes product registration, policy development and regulatory development. Laura serves on AAFCO’s Feed and Feed Ingredient Manufacturing, Ingredient Definition, and Inspection and Sampling Committees, and as a member of the AAFCO Board of Directors.
Bailey Whiten, Incoming 2023 Director
Bailey currently serves as the Assistant Division Director of the Ag Inputs Division at the Georgia Department of Agriculture where she oversees the Feed Program and compliance of the Fertilizer and Seed Programs. She received her B.S. in Animal Science and Dairy Science from the University of Georgia. Bailey is a member of the AAFCO Pet Food Committee, Ingredient Definitions Committee, and Analytical Variances Workgroup. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her husband and two dogs in their skoolie. Bailey lives with her husband and pets in a small town just southeast of Atlanta, Georgia.
Austin Therrell, Executive Director
Austin currently serves as the Executive Director for the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Prior to his current role with AAFCO, he served on the Board of Directors and as the Co-Chair of the AAFCO Feed & Feed Ingredient Manufacturing Committee, as a member of the AAFCO Pet Food Committee, and as a member of the Current Issues and Outreach Committee.
Austin previously served as the Animal Feed Program Manager for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture where he oversaw animal food inspection priorities across the state, product registrations, labeling compliance, and a statewide sampling program. He graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Science and a minor in business administration.