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    Mar
    06
    Gary Allee Symposium to focus on swine industry expansion





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    Mar
    06
    Join us for these great symposia at Midwest!


    The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS is one week away! Use the Midwest app to schedule time for these symposia and lectures. View times and locations in the 2017 Midwest Meeting Program.


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    Mar
    06
    February JAS now online


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    A new issue of the Journal of Animal Science is now available online. Access the Table of Contents of the February 2017 issue (Volume 95, Issue 2).



    Also, see what’s Just Published.

    Get the First Look at articles posted immediately following acceptance.


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    Mar
    06
    Block and Bridle 2017 meeting updates


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention is fast approaching. The meeting will be held March 31 to April 2, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Book your sleeping room today. Discounted housing rates have been extended to March 13, 2017!

    Not yet registered for the meeting?  Secure your spot today as meeting space and sleeping rooms are filling up quickly!

    Join us for a great meeting with a day of tours on April 1, 2017, where you will see a variety of farms, including ones unique to the eastern shore. Tours to include:

    Tours will include a grab and go breakfast, lunch and an evening BBQ with DJ at historic Spocott Farm on Gary’s Creek. Register for the meeting today to secure your tour seat!


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    Mar
    02
    Abstract submission for 2017 Annual Meeting reopened


    With the abstract deadline for EAAP and ISAG both being March 1, ASAS has received numerous requests to adjust the abstract deadline for the ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. General abstracts and competition abstracts can now be submitted until noon (11:59 AM, PST) on Friday, March 3.

    Members are encouraged to submit original research, teaching, and extension papers. Abstracts should consist of original, completed work that has not been accepted for publication in a journal. Authors need to be aware of patent considerations before submitting abstracts for publication.

    Criteria for acceptance or rejection will include those outlined on the Call for Papers page, as well as originality, clarity, and merit. Consolidation of results into one combined paper is urged whenever possible.

    There is a required $30 technology fee per abstract due upon submission. This fee helps mitigate the cost of e-Posters and the Virtual Meeting.


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    Mar
    02
    Midwest pre-registration ending


    Pre-registration for the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS ends tomorrow, March 3. Register today to avoid on-site registration lines.

    Registration information can be found on the 2017 Midwest Meeting website under the registration tab. A printable registration form is also available.

    Please sign up for these special events:

    Already registered? Add an event to your existing registration.


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    Mar
    02
    Midwest program finalized


    The final Program book and Abstract book of the 2017 ASAS/ADSA Midwest Meeting are now available online in pdf format. The Abstract book will be available as a Journal of Animal Science supplement after the meeting.

    Download 2017 Program 

    Download 2017 Abstract Book

     


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    Mar
    02
    Midwest app launched


    The 2017 Midwest Meeting app is finally here! Download it to your iPhone/iPad or Android. Create your schedule, see the list of speakers, and much more.

    View the App Online

    Download the App to your phone


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    Mar
    02
    Upcoming Western Section deadlines


    The 2017 Western Section Meeting will be held June 20-23, at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, North Dakota. Some important deadlines are approaching!

    Please nominate your colleagues for a WSASAS award. There are numerous Western Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the science of animal agriculture. Some have contributed for many years, whereas others are just beginning their careers. Please nominate your deserving colleagues. The award nominations are to be submitted electronically on the Western Section Meeting web page. Nomination deadline is 11:59 PM (CDT) on April 14, 2017.

    Proceedings Paper Deadline: March 16, 2017

    Awards Nomination Deadline: April 14, 2017


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    Mar
    02
    Join ARPAS during Midwest Meeting


    You can join ARPAS while attending the upcoming Midwest ADSA/ASAS meeting in Omaha. To join, visit the ARPAS booth (near registration), fill out an application, and sign up to take one of eleven species-specific exams available. If you are a graduate student, the ARPAS Foundation will reimburse your exam fee ($25) by paying your dues until completion of your graduate work.

    Exams will be given in the convention center connected hotel, Hilton Omaha – Murray room on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 am and again at 5:00 pm. The exams generally take approximately 1 hour. Sample exam questions are available on the ARPAS website (www.ARPAS.org).

    Stop by the ARPAS booth to sign up for a time to take an exam.


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    Feb
    27
    Get more science policy news


    Read the latest science policy news in the February 22 Science Policy Report compiled by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

     


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    Feb
    27
    ASAS hosts Snack & Fact in D.C.


    ASAS representatives were in Washington, D.C., today to host a Snack & Fact briefing on the “Use of Performance-Enhancing Technologies in Global Livestock Production.”

    Guest speakers included Dr. Mike Azain, University of Georgia and ASAS Public Policy Committee member, and Dr. Caird Rexroad, USDA-ARS National Program for Aquaculture. Dr. Azain gave a brief overview of performance-enhancing technologies and their impact on animal agriculture. Dr. Rexroad discussed the opportunities for performance-enhancing technologies in aquaculture. Dr. Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University and ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair, introduced the speakers and goals of the briefing.

    Following the briefing, members of the group met with representatives from the North American Meat Institute and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

    Special thanks to Julie McClure, Science Policy Manager for the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, for assisting our speakers with preparations for the briefing.


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    Feb
    27
    Proposed zinc oxide ban in the EU


    By Casey L. Bradley, Public Policy Committee Member

    In December 2016, the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) proposed a ban of pharmacological levels of zinc oxide in swine rations. The CVMP has concluded that the treatment benefits of zinc oxide (ZnO) for the prevention of diarrhea in pigs do not outweigh the environmental risk associated with its use. However, effective measures to manage and reduce the accumulation of zinc in the environment could not be identified.

    Furthermore, the CVMP acknowledged a risk exists for co-selection for antimicrobial resistance associated with the use of zinc oxide, but currently the risk was not quantifiable. Based on its scientific conclusions, the committee recommended withdrawal of marketing authorizations for zinc oxide products.

    A number of professional associations related to pig production have already said they will fight a future ban on the use of medicinal ZnO in animal feed, as it would remove a key tool for controlling post-weaning diarrhea.


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    Feb
    27
    FDA proposes to regulate all animals with “intentionally altered” DNA as drugs


    By Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

    You have the opportunity to comment on the FDA’s draft guidance on the “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals.” Please take the time to comment. Comments will be accepted through April 19, 2017 at the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2008-D-0394-0279

    Recently, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Boston, the Agricultural, Food and Renewable Resources section hosted a seminar on “The Potential of Gene Editing to Revolutionize Agriculture.” During the session speakers from both academia and industry discussed how this breeding method could be used to introduce useful genetic variants into plant and animal breeding programs.

    On the animal side, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam from UC Davis discussed how several groups have used this technique to produce edited livestock, such as the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV)-resistant pigs at the University of Missouri, and recently cows that are less susceptible to bovine tuberculosis by a group in China. She also discussed animal welfare traits such as the polled Holstein bulls, where the Celtic polled allele from beef breeds was substituted for the horned allele at the POLLED locus by the Minnesota-based company, Recombinetics.


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    Feb
    27
    Submit nominations for 2017 ASAS National Awards


    ASAS is pleased to announce that the 2017 ASAS National Awards are now open for nominations. Nominations are due March 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM!

    The ASAS Awards Program is set up to honor the most significant contributions of our members to Animal Science, Animal Agriculture and to ASAS. The National Awards are one of our favorite programs in the office because the awards honor our history, celebrate our membership and help us to glimpse the future. Here are a few things about the ASAS National Awards Program that you might not know:

    *A new award has been added for 2017: The Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award. Each nomination would need to submit a scientific abstract, CV of the nominee, letter of nomination from mentor and if selected will need to do a 30-minute presentation highlighting their work at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

    Please nominate your colleagues for the 2017 ASAS National Awards.
 If you would like to re-nominate a colleague from a previous nomination, please email Melissa at Melissab@asas.org.


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    Feb
    27
    Block & Bridle farm tours announced


    The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention is fast approaching. The meeting will be held March 31 to April 2 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

    Join us for a great meeting with a day of tours on April 1, where you will see a variety of farms, including ones unique to the eastern shore. Tours include:

    Tours will include a grab and go breakfast, lunch and an evening BBQ with DJ at historic Spocott Farm on Gary’s Creek. Register for the meeting today to secure your tour seat!

    In addition to the tours, we have great tours and social events planned for the evenings, including:


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    Feb
    23
    Join the Coffee Club


    Join the ASAS Foundation Coffee Club and enjoy coffee at the Midwest 2017 Meeting! Not only will you get coffee—you will also be supporting ASAS member programs and student services.
    Supporting animal science students and colleagues has its “perks!” Here’s how it works:

    Anyone can join! Members of the ASAS Foundation Coffee Club will receive one of our travel mugs. Use the travel mug at MW 2017 and get coffee refills in the “Recharge and Relaxation” Lounge, located across from Registration. You must be a coffee club member, with a mug, for coffee from this area.

    Membership in the coffee club is open to all meeting attendees. Coffee will be available to all club members whenever the registration area is open.

    To join, go to ASAS eCommerce. With a $25.00 donation, you will earn unlimited coffee during MW 2017.  Or you can pick the $50.00 club option for MW 2017 and Annual 2017.


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    Feb
    23
    Animal science in Brazil


    Kim Schoonmaker, ASAS Scientific Communications Associate, has been touring several farms in Brazil with her husband, Jon Schoonmaker, Purdue University Department of Animal Science, and Jon’s dad, Gary.

    First stop on our 14-day visit: Rio de Janeiro for a few days of sight seeing of the beautiful beaches, as well as the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and “Sugar Loaf Mountain.” Magnificent views from both of these iconic places!

    February 17 – Jon Schoonmaker demonstrates muscle biopsy technique to colleagues at a state government research farm in Colina, São Paulo State, Brazil. Later we tour the animal facilities and feeding area.

    February 18- Toured state research facility in Sertaozinho, São Paulo State, Brazil. A major focus of this farm is the use of breeding and genetic selection to improve feed efficiency of Nelore and Senepol cattle.


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    Feb
    20
    In memory: Dr. William Hansel


    ASAS has learned of the passing of Dr. William Hansel, an ASAS member and Morrison Award recipient. Dr. Hansel passed away on January 2, 2017. He was 98 years old.

    Dr. Hansel is greatly missed by family, as well as colleagues at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. According to this tribute written in his memory, Dr. Hansel spent nearly 70 years working as a scientist and health research pioneer, building a legacy of dedication and discovery. He had a remarkable scientific career that will forever leave its mark on the face of cancer and chronic disease research. And even at 98 years old, Dr. Hansel kept regular work hours daily well into December 2016.

    Prior to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Dr. Hansel spent 40 years as an esteemed scientist at Cornell University, including serving as chairman of the Physiology Department and as a revered Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor.

    Dr. Hansel received the highest ASAS award, the Morrison Award, at the National Meeting in 1979. He was also the recipient of two Purple Hearts for his service in the Army during World War II.


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    Feb
    20
    Nominate an ASAS National Graduate Director


    Nominations for the ASAS National Graduate Director are now open. Here is information about the position, if you are interested in serving as a graduate director, or know someone you wish to nominate.

    Responsibilities: Plan, advertise and implement ASAS graduate and undergraduate student activities at the National Meeting, such as the Graduate Student Symposium, Lunch & Learn, Open Forum and Social; serve as a voting member on the national ASAS Board of Directors; attend board meetings in January and July each year (all travel and accommodations covered); serve on various national ASAS committees (Student Activities, Communications, Membership, National Awards, and Agri-King Outstanding Graduate Student Award); recruit and organize National ASAS Graduate Director elections; update the graduate student section of the ASAS website; communicate with members using monthly Facebook/blog postings and updates in the Taking Stock e-newsletter; contribute monthly to the Graduate BULLetin, oversee one of the sectional graduate director committees and facilitate communication; continuously adjust programming activities to meet the needs of a changing and diverse membership.

    Time commitment: Varies during the year from 5 to 20 hours per month depending on proximity to the National Meeting. Term is from July 2017 to July 2019. Graduate Directors must be graduate students or post-docs during the duration of their term. While two years is a significant commitment, participation should not interfere with progress towards your degree.

    Application process: If you are interested in serving as a graduate director, or know someone you wish to nominate, please send name of nominee and contact information to Amanda Jones, amanda.2.jones@uconn.edu by March 1, 2017.


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