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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.

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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.

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  • Oct
    27
    October JAS now online


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    See what’s Just Published.

    Get the First Look at articles posted immediately following acceptance.

    Visit the JAS Archives.


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  • Oct
    27
    Lighting type affects ground beef color




    By Samantha Kneeskern

    Ground beef is a very popular protein option at the grocery store. In fact, in terms of volume, 64% of total beef purchased is ground beef¹. When choosing a package of ground beef from the retail case, consumers rely heavily on the color of the meat to make their decision. The most desirable color is bright, cherry red. Once the meat changes to a brownish color, consumers tend to leave it, resulting in discounted meat and a total loss to retail stores of over $1 billion dollars annually².

    Is there a way to slow this process of fading of redness? Jade Cooper and colleagues at the University of Missouri recently looked at the effect of retail display lighting on ground beef color. Their research was published in the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science. The article is freely available (open access). It examines how lighting affects myoglobin (the protein responsible for meat pigmentation) and lipid oxidation.


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  • Oct
    27
    Registration open for Western Section Meeting


    The 2017 Western Section meeting will be held June 20-23, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota at the Fargo Dome. Registration is now open! Don’t miss out on early discounts and register online today! The early registration deadline is June 12, 2017.

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

    AWARDS
    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.

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


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  • Oct
    27
    Department of Homeland Security internship opportunity


     

    Oct. 27, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

    Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses. Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

    10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ●  National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia


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  • Oct
    27
    Southern Section Meeting updates


    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Meeting registration and housing are available through the meeting site. Don’t miss the Awards Banquet on Monday evening at The Factory at Franklin.

    Nominations for 2017 Southern Section Awards are now being accepted. There are numerous Southern Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contribution to the science of animal agriculture. Award nominations are to be submitted electronically here.

    Visit the 2017 Southern Section Annual Meeting website often for updates.


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  • Oct
    24
    ASAS hosts Snack & Fact


    October 24, 2016 – ASAS hosted a Snack & Fact today in Washington, D.C. Nearly 40 attendees joined us for a presentation on “Food Animal Production in the Genomics Era.”The briefing was held over the lunch hour in the House Agriculture Committee room, 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C. The hour-long briefing included a light lunch and presentations by Dr. Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University, and Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Dr. Riggs gave a “Brief Overview of Genomics and Its Impact on Society.” Dr. Weigel discussed “Successful Application of Genomics Advances for Dairy Cattle.” A recording of the briefing will be available soon on the ASAS website.

    The day also included visits with the legislative assistants for Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2).

    The goal of the ASAS Snack & Fact briefings is to share information about topics affecting animal agriculture and to serve as a resource for attendees, including congressional staffers and key stakeholders.


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  • Oct
    24
    Call for award nominations


    Nominations for 2017 Southern Section Awards and 2017 Midwestern Section Awards are now being accepted!


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