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  • Jan
    02
    Midwest Meeting welcome reception


    The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS will be held in Omaha, Nebraska on March 13 – 15, 2017. Join us for a welcome reception the evening of Sunday, March 12 at The Durham Museum. The museum is in the historic Union Station building, which first opened its doors to the public on January 15, 1931, as one of the finest of Art Deco architecture in the United States. This magnificent facility served millions of rail travelers and was well-known for its “modern” amenities and lavish style.

    MEETING REGISTRATION

    Registration information can be found on the 2017 Midwest Meeting website under the registration tab. A printable registration form is also available. The early registration deadline is February 13, 2017.

    HOUSING
    Rooms are going fast, reserve your room online through the hotel links on the meeting website.  Special meeting rates available at the Hilton Omaha and Courtyard by Marriott Omaha-Downtown. Housing deadline is February 20, 2017.


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  • Dec
    22
    Public funding of U.S. ag R&D falls, along with U.S. ag research productivity


    By Dr. Larry Reynolds, Taking Stock Contributor

    An article appearing in the November 10, 2016 issue of Amber Waves (the monthly online magazine from the USDA’s Economic Research Service) documents and examines the recent decline in U.S. public sector funding of agricultural research and development (Ag R&D) (Clancy et al., 2016).

    Between 1970 and 2008 the percentage of total Ag R&D funded by the public sector was relatively stable at approximately 50%. By 2013, however, that percentage, even when adjusted for inflation, had fallen to 17% (Fig. 1). In contrast, non-government, private funding increased dramatically, and currently accounts for 76% of Ag R&D (Fig. 1).

    At the same time that U.S. public sector investment in Ag R&D was declining, public sector funding in other countries remained stable or increased. The net result was that the percentage of global R&D funded by the U.S. public sector fell from 20-23% between 1990 and 2006 to just 13% by 2013. In fact, by 2011 U.S. public sector spending on Ag R&D was less than that of China, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific (including Canada) and just ahead of India and Brazil (Fig. 2).


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  • Dec
    22
    ASAS releases new Grand Challenge


    The ASAS Public Policy Committee and ASAS Board of Directors have released a new “Grand Challenges” document on science communication. The paper discusses the challenge of effectively communicating sound science to the general public and policy creators. There are seven other Grand Challenges documents, all of which address animal science research priorities and animal-based food challenges. Read each Grand Challenges document:

    Science communication

    Animal Health

    Agricultural Animals and Climate Change


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  • Dec
    22
    New science communication report and webcast


    The National Academies Press has released a new report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda, and will host a public discussion on January 10, 2017. Communicating Science Effectively proposes a research agenda to help science communicators and researchers identify effective methods of communicating science, particularly when the issues are contentious.

    The report is available to download or pre-order.

    The public discussion for Communicating Science Effectively will be held on January 10, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, D.C.

    Register to attend in person, or watch live via the webcast.


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  • Dec
    22
    USDA releases final report of USMARC audit


    The USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a final report regarding an audit of animal care at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb.

    OIG also states that “Although we found the article did not always accurately present animal welfare at USMARC, we did find that ARS could improve its oversight of animal welfare at the facility and take steps to make its research more transparent to the public.”

    An article in the Lincoln Journal Star also discusses the report’s findings.


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  • Dec
    22
    UN includes livestock production in sustainable ag report


    By Dr. Wendy Powers, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    In October 2014, the United Nations Committee on World Food Security requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition committee to prepare a report on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock. The report, Proposed Draft Recommendations on Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition, Including the Role of Livestock, was released in July 2016 and discussed at a meeting in Rome in October, during which a set of recommendations were endorsed.

    Endorsed recommendations specific to the livestock sector included:

    The above recommendations, as well as the 7 other recommendations of the report that target agriculture, in general, center on the principles of improving resource efficiency, strengthening resilience and improving social equity and responsibility outcomes. While the target audience for the recommendations is government for the purpose of public policy development, they are relevant to all stakeholders with a role in achieving good food security and nutrition.


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  • Dec
    19
    New articles in TAS First Look


    New articles have recently been added to the First Look section of Translational Animal Science. The inaugural issue is scheduled for January 1, 2017. New articles added to TAS First Look include the following:

    Dustin Boler
    doi: 10.2527/tas2016-0009; Date posted: December 14, 2016
    Full Text    OPEN ACCESS

    Nicole Burdick Sanchez
    doi: 10.2527/tas2016-0008; Date posted: December 14, 2016
    Full Text    OPEN ACCESS

    Janet Donaldson
    doi: 10.2527/tas2016-0007; Date posted: December 14, 2016
    Full Text    OPEN ACCESS


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  • Dec
    19
    Thank you, Jr. Animal Scientist volunteers


    The following contributors helped make the content of our 2016 Jr. Animal Scientist issues possible.

    A warm thank you to these individuals:

    We look forward to new Jr. Animal Scientist partnerships in 2017. There are still a couple issues that need contributors. If you have an idea, or wish to contribute content, let us know. Email kims@asas.org

    We also welcome new content, images and videos for the AnimalSmart.org website. Share your science with the kids!


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  • Dec
    19
    Registration now open for WIANF


    The 2nd World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding will be held in Budapest, Hungary from October 18–20, 2017. Online registration is now open!

    Conference topics, as well as abstract submission information, are also available. Authors are invited to submit their oral and poster contributions from the following fields:

    Visit the conference website for more information.


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  • Dec
    15
    In memory: Dr. Dennis Hallford


    From Shanna Ivey, Western Section President 2016-2017

    A cherished member of the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) passed away on December 13, 2016. Dr. Dennis “Doc” Hallford was a Distinguished Achievement and Regents Professor in Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University. Doc Hallford was also named to the Top 20 Animal Science Professors in 2016 list by VetTechColleges.com.

    Doc and his wife, Marilyn, retired from NMSU in August 2016 after 40 years of service. Dr. Hallford had been a member of WSASAS since 1975 and was one of the stalwart supporters of WSASAS, rarely missing an annual meeting. Doc was an old-school cowboy with a passion for reproductive physiology research, student training and mentoring, and his service to NMSU and professional societies was unrivaled by many.

    Dr. Hallford served as president of the Western section, as well as serving on many WSASAS committees. Dr. Hallford prepared a computerized reference retrieval system for the Western section’s proceeding papers and served on the board of directors and numerous committees for the national ASAS organization.


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  • Dec
    15
    Registration spotlight


    Registration is open for our 2017 sectional meetings.

    Register for the 2017 Southern Section Meeting in Franklin, TN

    Register for the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha, NE

    Register for the 2017 Western Section Meeting in Fargo, N.D.


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  • Dec
    15
    Give Jr. Animal Scientist to a classroom


    Now is a great time to give a Jr. Animal Scientist subscription to a local elementary school classroom. It’s a great science resource for teachers, and a yearly classroom subscription is just $5 per student. Kids returning from winter break will be excited to get their very own copy of the January 2017 issue shown here!

    Give a classroom/group subscription.

    Sign up for an individual or family subscription.

    Renew a subscription.


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  • Dec
    12
    Borlaug CAST Communication Award


    Nominations are open for the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena. This award has become an influential component in the efforts to keep agricultural issues and programs in the public eye and in front of national and world policymakers. Application deadline is February 6, 2017.

    Learn more and apply here.


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  • Dec
    12
    Inaugural issue to be released January 1


    The January 1, 2017 inaugural issue of Translational Animal Science will feature nine articles. Six of the nine are already available in First Look. Here are the publication stats on the January 1 inaugural issue of TAS:

    Following publication of the first issue we are planning on applying to be accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ serves to help authors vet open access journals.

    Submit a paper to Translational Animal Science.

    Read more about the six First Look articles in this Taking Stock article.


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  • Dec
    08
    Southern Section Abstract book now online


    The 2017 Abstract book for the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science is now available online in .pdf format. The abstract book will be available in a searchable .html format on the JAS website in a few weeks.

    Download Abstract Book

    The 2017 Southern Section Meeting will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4 – February 7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

    REGISTRATION
    Register online today! Registration information can be found on the SSASAS website under the registration information tab. A printable registration form is also available.


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  • Dec
    08
    WSASAS nominations wanted


    Western Section ASAS members: Please nominate your colleagues for a WSASAS award. Nominations also are being accepted for the WSASAS Young Scholar Recognition Program.

    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 Meeting web page. Nomination Deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on April 14, 2017.

    The Western Section ASAS will host its fifth annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) in 2017. The YSRP will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. The YSRP nominations deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on February 1, 2017.

    Just a reminder, the 2017 Western Section meeting will be held June 20-23, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota at the Fargo Dome.


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  • Dec
    06
    Articles available in First Look


    In early November, ASAS began collecting submissions for our inaugural issue of Translational Animal Science, and we are excited to announce that we already have 6 papers through review and available in First Look.

    The papers include:

    FETAL AND ORGAN DEVELOPMENT AT GESTATIONAL DAYS 45, 90, 135 AND AT BIRTH OF LAMBS EXPOSED TO UNDER- OR OVER-NUTRITION DURING GESTATION

    Kristen Govoni


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  • Dec
    06
    WSASAS: Submit Young Scholar nominations


    The 2017 Western Section meeting will be held June 20-23, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota at the Fargo Dome. Nominations for the Young Scholar Recognition Program are now being accepted.

    During the annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) the Western Section ASAS will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. The YSRP nominations deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on February 1, 2017.

    Registration for the Western Section ASAS meeting is open, so take advantage of early discounts and register online today!

    Housing will open soon. Check the meeting website often for updates.


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  • Dec
    06
    Submit annual meeting abstracts


    Abstract submission is open for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting, to be held July 8-12, 2017 in Baltimore, Md.

    Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time) on March 1, 2017.

    Submit abstracts and read instructions for abstract submission here.

    Join us July 8-12, 2017 in Baltimore!


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  • Dec
    06
    Opportunities to give


    Looking for a way to show financial support for animal science? Here are some options:

    Donate to the new Midwest memorial awards in honor of Dr. Don Mahan and Dr. Kees de Lange. Continue reading…

    Sign up a child, family, or classroom/group for a Jr. Animal Scientist subscription! Continue reading…

    Donate to our newest Appreciation Club: the Ronald D. Randel Appreciation Club. Continue reading…


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