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  • Nov
    14
    Part I: Brand influences steak palatability ratings


    By Samantha Kneeskern

    We all have our favorite brands of clothing, electronics, furniture, and many other everyday items. At the grocery store, branding sways consumers’ purchasing decisions, and as it turns out, beef is no exception.

    Researchers at Kansas State University and the Angus Foundation recently conducted two trials to determine the effect of branding (using “Certified Angus Beef” and “Angus”) on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef and strip loin steaks. The results of these trials — the first of their kind to demonstrate the influence of branding on palatability ratings — can be found in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science. Access The effect of branding on consumer palatability ratings of beef strip loin steaks and Determination of the effect of brand and product identification on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef patties. An interpretive summary of the ground beef trial is available in this Taking Stock article.

    During the strip loin trial, consumer panelists participated in two rounds on the same day. During the first round, consumers were “blind” to the brand and were not given product information prior to sampling the beef. During the second round, consumers were informed of brand and USDA quality grade before they ate the beef. Consumers were asked to evaluate their beef strip loin samples based on tenderness, juiciness, flavor liking, and overall liking, and then rate each palatability trait as either acceptable or unacceptable. The results were quite remarkable.


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  • Nov
    14
    Part II: Brand influences ground beef palatability ratings


    By Samantha Kneeskern

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on the influence of retail brands on consumer palatability ratings of strip loin steaks and ground beef.

    Researchers at Kansas State University and the Angus Foundation recently reported results of two trials that examine the effect of branding (using “Certified Angus Beef” and “Angus”) on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef and strip loin steaks.

    A summary of the results of the first trial involving strip loin steaks can be found in this Taking Stock article. Results of the second trial involving ground beef can be found in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science in an article entitled Determination of the effect of brand and product identification on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef patties.


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  • Nov
    10
    Nominate AnimalX speakers


    AnimalX
    The first ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show will kick off with AnimalX: a series of TED-style talks. Nominate potential AnimalX speakers by selecting “Begin a Submission” underneath the AnimalX section on the Abstract Submission Page.

    We are looking for dynamic presentations that tie back to the meeting theme: “Animals and Science: Ensuring Food Security.” Presentations are expected to last a maximum of five minutes.

    When nominating a potential speaker, please provide a detailed description of the person, the topic you expect him/her to talk about and why this person should be highlighted in the Opening Ceremony.

    Nominations are due December 1, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).


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  • Nov
    10
    Submit abstracts for Annual Meeting


    Abstract submission for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is now open.

    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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  • Nov
    10
    Need lab equipment?


    Lab equipment getting old? Find the equipment, services and supplies you need at the ASAS Animal Science Resource Directory! Browse more than a dozen categories, or search the site for a specific product or service.

    Categories include:

    Animal Handling Equipment

    Animal Health/Monitoring


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  • Nov
    07
    Give the gift of Jr. Animal Scientist


    Looking for a Christmas gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for child? Give a gift subscription to Jr. Animal Scientist. The magazine is ideal for ages 5-9, so sign up those K-3rd graders!

    You also may want to give a local elementary school classroom a classroom subscription. The cost is just $5 per student.

    Visit AnimalSmart.org today to sign up for an individual, family, or classroom/group subscription!

    We always welcome your ideas for upcoming issues. The magazine is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Thank you to those who have already suggested ideas for our 2017 issues. Keep the ideas coming! Email kims@asas.org


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  • Nov
    07
    Visit the Image Gallery today!


    Have you been to the ASAS Animal Science Image Gallery lately? The gallery, housed at animalimagegallery.org, provides images, animations, and short videos for classroom and outreach learning.

    To supplement the visual information, each file has a description and metadata, including the origin and ownership of the image. Downloading any image within the gallery is free for ASAS members and only $5 per image for non-members. Each file in the gallery has had at least two peer reviews to optimize the image and its metadata, and to ensure that the information is sufficient and accurate.

    Submitting an image to the gallery is easy! There is no submission fee for ASAS members and only a $25 fee (per image) for non-members.

    There are more than 45 searchable categories in the gallery, and more than 600 images, so be sure to stop by the site and submit or download images today!


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  • Nov
    07
    2017 Southern Section Meeting: Important dates


    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Register today! Discounted rates end December 1.

    Early Registration Deadline – Discounted rates end December 1, 2016.


    Housing Deadline is January 13, 2017.

    Franklin Marriott Cool Springs


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  • Nov
    07
    2017 Midwest Meeting: Important dates


    The annual meeting of the Midwestern Section ASAS and Midwest Branch ADSA® will be held in Omaha, NE, on March 13-15, 2017. Discounted registration rates available. Register today!

    Early Registration Deadline – Discounted rates end February 13, 2017

    Housing Deadline is February 20, 2017.


    2017 Award Nominations Deadline – November 18, 2016, 11:59 PM CDT


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  • Nov
    03
    Southern Section award nominations


    Southern Section Members: The deadline for award nominations is this Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:59 pm CDT.

    There are numerous Southern Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contribution 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 here.

    Also, please note that the Graduate Student Representative Nomination Deadline is this Friday, November 4, 2016.

    Not yet registered for the 2017 meeting? Register online today. Early registration deadline is December 1, 2016. Housing deadline is January 13, 2017.


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  • Nov
    03
    Midwest Meeting important dates


    The annual meeting of the Midwestern Section ASAS and Midwest Branch ADSA® will be held in Omaha, NE, on March 13-15, 2017. Additional meeting information may be found at the 2017 Midwest Meeting site.

    Please note these important dates:

    Award Nominations Deadline: November 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM (CDT)

    Abstract Decisions Announced: December 9, 2016


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  • Nov
    03
    WSASAS award nominations now being accepted


    Members of the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS): Please nominate your colleagues for a WSASAS award. The WSASAS will give $50 to the nominators of each award winner! So, if you nominate a colleague for an award and they win, you receive $50 to boost the celebration events or put in your pocket. The deadline for award nominations is April 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM CDT.

    The WSASAS awards are:

    The WSASAS uses these prestigious awards to showcase the contributions and accomplishments of its outstanding members. Therefore, you, as a nominator, provide an important service to the WSASAS by nominating worthy colleagues. More importantly, you honor your fellow colleagues by taking time to demonstrate to others their valuable contribution to WSASAS and agriculture.

    Unfortunately, the Awards Committee receives only a few nominations each year; sometimes just one nomination per award. Please realize that very generous donors sponsor each award and provide monetary gifts for the winners.


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  • Nov
    03
    WSASAS now accepting Young Scholar nominations


    The Western Section ASAS will host its fifth annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) in 2017. WSASAS will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. Each recipient will receive a plaque, complimentary meeting registration to the 2017 ASAS Western Section Meeting, waived page charges for Proceedings and a $350.00 monetary award. These recipients will also provide an abstract and proceedings paper and give a 30-minute invited presentation about their graduate program.

    The YSRP nominations can be submitted online until February 1, 2017. Information and guidelines for the YSRP are posted online.

    Young Scholar Recognition Program nominations are due February 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM CDT.


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  • Nov
    01
    Recording of genomics Snack & Fact available


    Nov. 1, 2016 – A recording of the October 24th Snack & Fact briefing on “Food Animal Production in the Genomics Era” is now available. Three ASAS delegates were in Washington D.C. to present the briefing and meet with stakeholder groups.

    ASAS delegates included guest speakers Dr. Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University, and Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Kim Schoonmaker, ASAS staff. Dr. Julie McClure, ACSESS Science Policy Manager, and Karl Anderson, Director of Government Relations for ACSESS (Agronomy, Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies), accompanied the group for the day. After the briefing, the delegates met with the legislative assistants for Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2).

    Access the audio recording and PowerPoint presentation from the genomics briefing.

    For a recap of the Oct. 24 Snack & Fact, read ASAS hosts Snack & Fact.


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  • Nov
    01
    2016 Borlaug Dialogue


    By Dr. Cassie Welch, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    Nov. 1, 2016 – The World Food Prize hosted its annual Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 12-14. This year’s event focused on the theme “Let Food Be Thy Medicine” and celebrated the 30th anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug establishing the World Food Prize. The international symposium brought together world leaders, policy makers, business executives, scientists, and farmers to address critical issues surrounding global food security. During the symposium week, the World Food Prize also coordinated a number of side events, including the Global Youth Institute. Exceptional high school students and their teachers from the United States and other countries participated in the institute, whereby student delegates discussed solutions to global food security issues, networked with global food security experts, and toured agricultural industry and research facilities in Iowa.

    The World Food Prize has come to be known as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” because it recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have made a significant impact on human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. The 2016 World Food Prize Laureates – Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis – developed and implemented the most successful example of micronutrient and vitamin biofortification – the orange-flesh sweet potato. Their efforts have led to the enhanced nutrition and health of more than 10 million people and the potential to reach millions more with biofortified crops in the coming years.

    To read more about the four distinguished Laureates and their work, click here.


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  • Nov
    01
    Communication gone wrong


    By Dr. Casey Bradley, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    Nov. 1, 2016 – As members of the American Society of Animal Science we should be deeply disappointed in a recent portrayal of the pork industry by the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune‘s four-part “Watchdog” series in August 2016 regarding the Illinois Pork Producers Association is an unfortunate example of communication gone wrong.

    It also brings to light how easily information can be misrepresented “When reporters start with preconceived conclusions and only accept evidence to support them...” points out William Johnson, Agriculture Coordinator at Joliet Junior College.

    The Illinois Pork Producers Association worked with Chicago Tribune reporters David Jackson and Gary Marx for several months on their series of articles focused on the Illinois pork industry. IPPA viewed the interaction as an opportunity to “tell their story” and to provide a balanced and educated voice on livestock production. However, the series of articles (see links below) did not paint a balanced or positive picture of an industry that generates more than $1.5 billion of revenue annually for Illinois.


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  • Nov
    01
    Moving toward a food secure 2030


    By Dr. Wendy Powers, ASAS Policy Committee

    Nov. 1, 2016 – A new USAID report on global hunger and food security shares a vision and call to action contextualized by the identification of several emerging trends. These trends include urbanization, migration, dietary changes and climate change. They offer both challenges and opportunities to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals of ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

    Because food security is an issue of national security, and, if income allows, animal protein is a desired component of the diet for many around the world, increased resilience to weather variation and extremes, price volatility, water shortages, and environmental impacts is an important consideration for livestock producers globally.

    While the report focuses on the topic of improving resiliency and reducing risk as a means to sustainably overcome poverty, with particular emphasis in working with women, the reality is that improved resiliency is needed across production agriculture, even here in the U.S. This requires managing and minimizing risk through adoption of tools and practices and diversification of agricultural products such that price and weather-related shocks and stresses can be overcome.


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  • Nov
    01
    White House launches efforts to expand and diversify ag workforce


    Used with permission from the October 19, 2016 Science Policy Report of the American Society of Agronomy

    The White House announced new efforts to “expand and diversify” the agricultural workforce in the U.S., which is currently not keeping up with demand. The new push to focus on the agricultural workforce is a collaboration between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House Rural Council, USDA and the National Science Foundation, each of which have committed to take a series of actions.

    The USDA, for its part, has pledged to increase support for a program created in 1890 that ensures agricultural science scholarships at the country’s 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The announcement also includes commitments by NSF and more than 70 state, nonprofit and private sector businesses to help expand and diversify the agriculture workforce.

    Read the full article.


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  • Nov
    01
    House subcommittee holds hearing on academic research regulations


    Used with permission from the October 19, 2016 Science Policy Report of the Crop Science Society of America

    The House Science, Space, & Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing on restrictive and costly academic research regulations. Chairwoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) opened the hearing with a statement declaring the need to “cut the red tape to optimize our nation’s investment in scientific research.” According to House Science, Space, & Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), up to 25 percent of federal grant funding is spent on complying with research regulations. Research regulations were addressed in the University Streamlining and Harmonization Act of 2016 which calls for the creation of a Research Policy Board housed within the Office of Management and Budget and which is tasked with overseeing research regulations and policies to cut costly and unnecessary compliance measures.

    Read the full article.


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  • Nov
    01
    AAAS unveils dashboard on federal budgets


    Used with permission from the October 19, 2016 Science Policy Report of the Crop Science Society of America

    The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program has just launched a new resource, the AAAS Federal R&D Budget Dashboard, an interactive tool for looking at the federal R&D budget. Currently, you can use the dashboard to dive into historical R&D data by character (basic, applied, and development) and agency – either in absolute amounts (tab 1) or relative to the economy/total federal budget (tab 2) – and to look at the composition of the federal budget overall (tab 3), including mandatory outlays. The dashboard allows users to export custom PDF/images of plots based on their own manipulations of the data.

    Read the full article


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