Dear CSAS Members and Visitors,
This is my first message to you as your new president, and as such take this opportunity to thank you for entrusting me and the executive with the responsibility of managing the affairs of our society in the coming year. We consider this duty both as an honour and a privilege, and pledge to serve and to sustain the society for its various roles and values.
Your 2015-2016 CSAS Executive Committee assumed office after the 2015 AGM in Ottawa. The AGM and conference was for several reasons not as well attended as previous meetings due to travel restrictions, but the majority of delegates had positive comments about the conference.
The long-term goal: At the global and national stage, agriculture, food production and nutrition are topics that often do not get the attention they deserve. Taking the security and safety of food for granted is a risk. Food is, after clean air and water, the most vital component of our physiological needs. The future positive images are clouded when we forget to support a sustainable food production.
Our society needs to foster a scientific hub to strengthen the relationship between applying science and governmental policies for a holistic and sustainable development for our future and the generations to come.
According to U.N. estimates, the world demand for water, food and energy will increase by more than 30 percent for each resource within the next or two decades. In order to address these challenges, the demand for scientific know-how, vision and solutions will increase.
I share the belief that the investment in livestock research and the development of future expertise is an essential component to solve a number of our pressing agricultural problems now and in the future. Our society can be one of the catalysts in the preparation of the next generation of agricultural leaders.
Mid-term management plan: Besides the bigger picture, we need to be aware of the challenges confronting our society, notably: declining membership and travelling restrictions affecting our society’s long-term sustainability. Starting today, we need to explore new initiatives to grow our society forward into a vibrant animal science platform which finds solutions for current limitations.
I look forward to working with you and together contributing to the vibrant growth of our society.
Please mark your calendars for the 2016 CSAS conference which will be held jointly with ASAS in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Tim Reuter
CSAS President, 2015-2016