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  • Mar
    09
    Midwest symposium to honor Dr. Harlan Ritchie


    Each year, the Harlan D. Ritchie Appreciation Club sponsors a symposium addressing issues important to beef cattle extension at the ASAS Midwestern Section Meeting. This year will be a special event to celebrate the life of Dr. Ritchie, who sadly passed away in April 2016.

    Dr. Ritchie is remembered as a kind, humble and passionate educator, who was renowned for his leading role in the transformation of the beef industry, both in America and across the world. He had a strong international profile, having presented in Europe, Canada, Australia, Mexico and Argentina, in addition to his tireless work in America. Often referred to as a “visionary,” Dr. Ritchie was a trailblazer and his leadership drove radical changes in the U.S. cattle industry, helping lead the industry to where it is today. Dr. Ritchie also inspired passion in countless others and passed on his wisdom through his 47-year tenure at Michigan State University.

    This year, the symposium will open with a tribute to Dr. Ritchie, which will be followed by presentations looking at both the history and the future of the beef industry.

    Speakers include:


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  • Mar
    09
    Midwest officer elections end tomorrow


    Midwestern Section Members: Midwest Section Officer elections end tomorrow, March 10. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Please take a minute to vote for the 2017 ASAS Midwest Section Officers!
    For the 2017 election cycle, the ASAS Midwest Section must fill positions for 1) ASAS Midwest President-Elect, 2) Midwest ASAS National Director-at-Large and 3) Midwest Section Graduate Director. The nominees for ASAS Midwest President-Elect are Dr. Richard Coffey and Dr. Steve Moeller. The nominees for Midwest ASAS National Director-at-Large are Dr. Michael Azain and Dr. Ryan Dilger. The nominees for the ASAS Graduate Student Director are Ashley Conway and Jeffrey Wiegert.

    If you are a Midwestern Section member, you should have received an email with a link to the ballot, as well as an Elector ID and password. Please contact ASAS headquarters if you have questions: asas@asas.org


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  • Mar
    09
    National awards nominations due today


    Today is your last chance to submit nominations for the 2017 ASAS National Awards. Nominations are due at 11:59 PM (CDT)! 

    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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  • Mar
    08
    ASAS responds to Executive Order on foreign entry into U.S.


    The following statement has been issued by ASAS in response to a new executive order that temporarily suspends entry of foreign-born travelers from certain countries into the U.S.

    For Immediate Release

    ASAS Responds to March 6, 2017 Executive Order on Foreign Entry into U.S.

    The American Society of Animal Science, in the interest of science and global cooperation to ensure worldwide food security, respectfully encourages the President to open scientific-related travel to citizens of all countries who would journey to the USA to promote scientific interactions.


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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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