By Sam Rueby
The ASAS Public Policy Committee (PPC) was formed in 2009 to help ASAS shape public policy and public opinion related to all aspects of food animals and companion animals by engaging policy makers. The committee has been actively involved in a variety of activities!
The list includes:
- Taking Stock D.C., which is published monthly on the last Monday of each month, and includes policy updates, reviews and commentary on relevant white papers, research funding priorities, policy discussions, news and events related to D.C. “happenings.”
- The ASAS Grand Challenges documents are developed by the PPC to clearly articulate ASAS priorities, to provide science-based information for shaping public policy, and to enhance future funding for research and educational programs in animal science.
- Snack and Fact briefings are hosted in Washington, D.C., by PPC members to highlight topics from Animal Frontiers. During these informative briefings, U.S.-based researchers and authors present overviews of current issues that are relevant to livestock production and companion animals to congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. In the past year, topics have included the microbiome, performance-enhancing technologies, and genomics.
- Before and after Snack and Fact briefings, the committee makes visits to Capitol Hill, as well as to D.C.-area industry offices and federal funding agencies to discuss issues that affect the animal industries, research, and other topics, and to work with these agencies to assist members in leveraging more federal research dollars.
- The ASAS Science Policy Summer Internship Program is generously supported by the ASAS Foundation through the Appreciation Clubs for Bob Zimbelman, Harold Hafs, Barb Glenn, Jack Britt, and Louis Boyd. This program is facilitated by the PPC.
- Policy Statements that have been adopted by ASAS were written or updated by PPC members.
- The PPC responds to federal requests for comment regarding new policies. In conjunction with the ASAS board, the PPC may support signing on to letters with other organizations, encouraging investment in animal science research, or opposing detrimental policy.
- The PPC has also assisted with workshop development at the annual meeting (e.g., the communication workshop in 2016, and this year’s ASAS-ASN pre-conference symposium on food security), Innovate, Congressional Visit Days, and other events.
For 2016-17, committee members include: Shawn Archibeque, Mike Azain, Casey Bradley, Teresa Davis, Elaine Grings, Clint Krehbiel, Tameka Phillips, Wendy Powers, Cassie Welch, and Penny Riggs (Chair).
If you are interested in participating on the committee or contributing to its efforts, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org