In 1898, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln founded its Department of Animal Science with one professor, Dr. C.H. Elmendorf. Now, 125 years later, the family tree of Animal Science descendants of the UNL labs is countless! The nonruminant nutrition laboratory at UNL produced many of our best nonruminant nutritionists in industry and academia by having a clear focus on science while staying connected to the swine industry. Many of us can track our academic lineage back through these lines.
The American Society of Animal Science Foundation, the philanthropic branch of ASAS, is celebrating this extraordinary history of non-ruminant nutritionists from this lab through the establishment of the new Nebraska Nonruminant Nutrition Heritage Fund.
Proceeds from the Nebraska Nonruminant Nutrition Heritage Fund will provide animal scientists from across the country and across the world with the opportunity to learn about emerging concepts, tools of study, and strategies for breakthrough health and nutrition advancements. Multiple facets will be supported, including an invited industry expert (s) to lead a partial-day workshop on emerging nonruminant technology. The workshop will rotate annually between the Midwest section and Annual meetings. ASAS members and non-ASAS members may register for the workshop as part of the annual meeting or as stand-alone training. The workshops will address a significant industry need or change and may range from addressing critical industry problems as they emerge to identifying probable causes and tactics toward science-based solutions for industry alignment around controversies that cause division among professional service providers.
In addition, the Nebraska Nonruminant Nutrition Heritage Fund will support a travel scholarship for a distinguished graduate student member of ASAS whose research is in nonruminant nutrition to attend the annual meeting, with preference given to a student who has received one or more animal science degrees in the state of Nebraska. This travel scholarship will include an Award certificate and a specified monetary award to help with travel expenses. This travel scholarship may be applied to travel toward a sectional, annual, or international ASAS-supported meeting, facilitating additional learning and networking opportunities and starting that path of meeting lifelong colleagues and friends. This is our way of encouraging and supporting our young animal scientists who are tomorrow’s industry leaders, professors, and researchers.
We are actively fundraising to establish this fund, with the fundraising efforts being led by Drs. Dean Boyd, Joe Crenshaw and Steve Pollmann. The Nebraska Nonruminant Nutrition Heritage Fund will become endowed when the fund reaches $100,000. At that time, the fund will be used for the workshop programming and graduate student scholarship.
Contributions of any amount will pool together to have a direct and meaningful impact for those attending ASAS’ Midwest and Annual Meetings. For those who choose to be a Pacesetter Supporter or above, you will be listed on ASAS' website, in Taking Stock, and on a plaque that will be displayed in the Department of Animal Science at UNL.
- Pacesetter Supporter, Individual: $1,000-$2,499
- Pacesetter Supporter, Corporate: $2,500-$4,999
- Leadership Supporter, Individual: $2,500-$4,999
- Leadership Supporter, Corporate: $5,000-$9,999
- Visionary Supporter, Individual: $5,000+
- Visionary Supporter, Corporate: $10,000+