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  • Mar
    23
    Grad students recap Southern Section events


    By Brittni Littlejohn, Sierra Lockwood, and Sam Ingram

    The American Society of Animal Science – Southern Section hosted its 2017 meeting last month in Franklin, TN. During the meeting, the Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held on February 5, followed by the Graduate Student Lunch & Learn on February 7. These events were implemented with the goal of providing a networking opportunity as well as a chance to gain insight on the successful transition to the professional world.

    The Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held during the first day of the conference to introduce participants to their fellow graduate students who they would be interacting with during the remainder of the conference. The informal setting provided participants a comfortable environment for networking and was very well received. Eight schools were represented during this event and included the following: Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, University of Arkansas, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

    The Graduate Student Lunch & Learn theme was “Fueling the Future.” During the event, students were randomly assigned to tables to encourage additional networking among fellow students. The first speaker was Dr. Rand Broadway from the USDA-ARS who presented on “How to make the most of your graduate career.” Dr. Broadway’s presentation included advice on how to choose a program and mentor, the importance of collaboration, and how to be proactive during a graduate program. Following Dr. Broadway’s presentation, Dr. Mike Moseley from Positively Mose, LLC and Zoetis (retired) presented on “How to make the transition from graduate student to industry professional.” During Dr. Moseley’s presentation, he discussed the following topics: taking ownership of your career, characteristics that make one employable, and how to prepare for an interview. Both presentations were well received by the graduate students in attendance and made the Lunch & Learn a great success! Nine schools were represented at the Lunch & Learn and included the following: Auburn University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University Commerce, Texas Tech University, University of Arkansas, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.


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  • Mar
    20
    2017 Annual Meeting preview: Forages and Pastures Symposium


    Plans are underway for a Forages and Pastures Symposium focusing on a whole-system approach to cover crops in livestock production. Save the date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 2:00-5:00 PM. Make plans to join us for this symposium at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show!

    Cover crops present a unique opportunity in livestock production, with the potential to improve the health and productivity of the whole production system. They can improve soil health and water quality, and also provide a valuable source of food for livestock. Support for a whole-system approach to the use of cover crops has often largely been based on anecdotal evidence. This symposium, put together by the Forages and Pastures Committee, draws from research with long-term data providing insight into the broad range of benefits offered by including cover crops in livestock systems. This research is particularly important in the context of our rapidly growing global population, as production intensification becomes more significant and our production systems must be optimized, while ensuring that environmental health is managed.

    Clayton Robins, chair of the Committee, explains that cover crops can play a key role in regenerative agriculture and also in helping to improve the resilience of production systems. This will be vital moving into the future.

    The presentations making up this symposium offer economic and realistic assessments of the role of cover crops and of the benefits and practical implications of including them in a system. Many aspects of cover crops will be addressed; from their potential as economical forage sources and their impact on animal performance, to their influence on water and nutrients in the system. The speakers will present research based in both the Southern and Northern Great Plains of North America and also from Brazil, hence the challenges and benefits of including cover crops in significantly different environments will be examined. Their role in conservation and regeneration will also be discussed.


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  • Mar
    20
    Call for Northeast awards nominations


    The ADSA Northeast Branch/ASAS Northeastern Section is accepting award nominations for the 2017 awards. The nominations submission deadline for the following Northeast awards is April 18 at 11:59 pm CDT.

    View the descriptions for these awards.

    We hope that you will go online and submit nominees for these outstanding awards in Animal/Dairy Science.


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  • Mar
    20
    Thank you, Midwest sponsors!


    The 2017 Midwest Meeting, held March 13-15, in Omaha, Nebraska, would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors!

    Please join the ASAS Midwestern Section and the ADSA Midwest Branch in thanking our meeting sponsors for supporting awards, scientific symposia sessions, student competitions and events held during the 2017 Midwest Meeting.


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  • Mar
    17
    ASAS responds to proposed presidential budget


    For Immediate Release

    ASAS Responds to Proposed Presidential Budget and Associated Cuts to Research Budgets

    The American Society of Animal Science, in the interest of science and worldwide food security, respectfully encourages the President to reconsider massive funding cuts to USDA and NIH.

    Champaign, Ill. (March 17, 2017) — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget suggests massive funding cuts to agricultural and basic biomedical research.


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  • Mar
    17
    WSASAS proceedings deadline extended


    The deadline to submit a paper for the proceedings of the 2017 Western Section Meeting has been extended to Tuesday, March 21 at NOON, Central Time. Please note because Western Proceedings Submission has switched to Manuscript Central, we will accept either 2-column or 1-column formatting.
    Please use your JAS login when submitting a paper.

    Invited speakers submitting a proceedings paper and students submitting an abstract should stop before they reach the payment step, and email Brett Holte at bholte@sciencesocieties.org for a payment waiver.

    Proceedings Instructional Documents

    WSASAS Proceedings Instructions


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  • Mar
    17
    2017 Midwest abstracts available online


    The Abstract book and Program book from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch are available online in PDF format. The Abstract book will soon be available as a Journal of Animal Science supplement.

    Download 2017 Program 

    Download 2017 Abstract Book


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  • Mar
    16
    In memory: Dr. Clarence Ammerman





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  • Mar
    16
    Midwest student competition results


    Undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster competitions were held earlier this week at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, in Omaha, Nebraska. Congratulations to all of the participants and to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of the divisions! The M.S. and Ph.D. Oral and Poster competition awards are sponsored by the ADSA/ASAS Midwest Board. Undergraduate Oral and Poster competitions are sponsored by the Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club, ASAS Foundation.

    Here are the student competition results. Visit the ASAS Facebook page to see photos of the competition winners present at the Awards Ceremony on Tues., March 14.

    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ORAL COMPETITION
    PRESENTED BY: PAUL WALKER, DI CONSULTING

    1st. Effects of Spring Administration of Extended-Release Eprinomectin (LongRange) on Fescue Toxicosis, Performance and Reproduction of Fall-Born Beef Heifers.
    J. M. Kordas*, F. A. Ireland, and D. W. Shike, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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  • Mar
    16
    Western Section proceedings papers due today


    The deadline for submitting Western Section Proceedings is today, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Please note because Western Proceedings Submission has switched to Manuscript Central, we will accept either 2-column or 1-column formatting.
    Please use your JAS login when submitting a paper.

    Invited speakers submitting a proceedings paper and students submitting an abstract should stop before they reach the payment step, and email Brett Holte at bholte@sciencesocieties.org for a payment waiver.

    Proceedings Instructional Documents

    WSASAS Proceedings Instructions


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  • Mar
    16
    Midwest welcomes new board members


    The ASAS Midwestern Section President’s gavel transferred from Dr. Aimee Wertz-Lutz to Dr. Gretchen Hill at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15 in Omaha, Nebraska.

    During the Business Meeting on March 14, the Midwest Board also recognized retiring Board members. The Midwest Board extends sincere appreciation and thank you to Trey Kellner, 2014-2017 Midwest Graduate Director; Dr. Jason Apple, Midwestern Section Past President; and Dr. Aimee Wertz-Lutz, 2016-2017 Midwestern Section President.

    The Midwest Board welcomed newly elected ASAS Midwest Officers: Midwest President-Elect, Dr. Richard Coffey; Midwest ASAS National Director-at-Large, Dr. Ryan Dilger; and Midwest Section Graduate Director, Ashley Conway.

    Photo: Dr. Gretchen Hill (left) accepts the Midwestern Section President’s gavel from Dr. Aimee Wertz-Lutz (right) at the 2017 Midwest Meeting.


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  • Mar
    15
    A video tribute to Dr. Harlan Ritchie


    The Harlan Ritchie Symposium at the 2017 Midwest Meeting began with a video tribute honoring the late Dr. Harlan Ritchie. The video pays tribute to Dr. Ritchie’s highly respected career, his life, and his renowned contributions to the beef industry.

    The Harlan Ritchie Symposium was held during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, on March 13-15, in Omaha, Nebraska. If you were unable to attend, you can purchase access to the Virtual Meeting. The cost is $200 for Members and $350 for Nonmembers. All Midwest Meeting attendees will be able to access the Virtual Meeting, for free, as part of their registration.

     




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  • Mar
    15
    Cardoso receives Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award


    Dr. Felipe (Phil) Cardoso, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. Dr. Cardoso received the award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Cardoso is a rising star in the dairy production community. Phil’s “out-of-the-box” thinking has enabled him to build an innovative interdisciplinary extension program (the “Dairy Focus Team”) combining extension, teaching, and applied research. His application of principles of leadership and entrepreneurship to this blended program constitutes a new approach to the Land Grant mission.

    Dr. Cardoso has developed an excellent rapport with the state’s dairy farms and the industries that serve them. His first graduate students have completed degrees and moved into the industry. Dairy farmers and industry groups recognize Phil’s talents for insight, communication, integrity, and passion. His research in the areas of rumen health, nutrition and reproduction, fungicide effects on corn silage yield and quality, and mycotoxins has direct application to dairy farms, and it forms the basis for much of Dr. Cardoso’s extension programming.

    The Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC.


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  • Mar
    15
    Decker receives Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award


    Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri, is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. Dr. Decker received the award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Decker is an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, where he majored in Animal Science and graduated with Highest Honors. Jared earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a minor in Statistics. Jared assists stakeholders in the beef industry in understanding rapidly changing genetic technologies.

    Dr. Decker is a trailblazer in the use of social media in extension programming and his blog “A Steak in Genomics” receives approximately 1000 pageviews each month. He is an active member of eBEEF.org, an eXtension Community of Practice. Dr. Decker helps beef producers trust and utilize genomic predictions, and has implemented a genomic testing designation in the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. In addition to presentations across Missouri, Jared is an invited speaker in numerous other states and for many of the national breed associations.

    The Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC.


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  • Mar
    15
    Hansen named Outstanding Young Researcher


    Dr. Stephanie Hansen, Iowa State University, is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Researcher Award. She received the award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Hansen is an Associate Professor in Beef Feedlot Nutrition at Iowa State University. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Iowa State and received her advanced degrees from North Carolina State University. She joined the ISU Department of Animal Science in 2009.

    Dr. Hansen teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of animal nutrition, ruminant digestion and physiology, and vitamin and mineral metabolism. She has an active research program in the areas of micronutrient metabolism, feed efficiency and alternative feedstuffs. Dr. Hansen has garnered over 7.75 million in funding and has assembled an excellent team of researchers, including post docs and graduate students.

    Dr. Hansen has received both the Early Achievement in Teaching and Early Achievement in Research awards from the College of Ag and Life Science and in 2016 was honored for Early Achievement in Research by Iowa State University. In her free time she enjoys writing, travel, hiking and photography.


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  • Mar
    15
    Karcher receives Outstanding Young Teacher Award


    Dr. Elizabeth Karcher, Purdue University, is the recipient of the ASAS Midwestern Section’s Outstanding Young Teacher Award. The Awards Ceremony was held during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Karcher is an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator for the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. She holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and Iowa State University. She joined the Purdue faculty in August 2016 after eight years at Michigan State University.

    Dr. Karcher specializes in undergraduate education and advising. She has taught a variety of courses, including mammary physiology, animal health, and dairy management. She developed a study-abroad program focused on dairy management to the Netherlands and a program on sustainable agriculture to Vietnam. At MSU, she advised the Dairy Club and the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association.

    Dr. Karcher received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award (2014), the MSU College of Agricultural and Natural Resources (CANR) Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad (2014), and the MSU CANR Excellence in Teaching, New Teacher Award (2012).


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  • Mar
    15
    Kellner awarded Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student


    Trey Kellner, Iowa State University, is the recipient of the Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award.

    Kellner is from Stockton, Kansas and received his B.S. degree at the University of Nebraska. At Iowa State University under the guidance of Dr. John Patience, Kellner earned an M.S. degree in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

    Kellner’s research has focused on more accurately predicting carcass iodine value, on understanding how dietary fat composition influences lipogenesis and lipolysis, how heat stress impacts dietary utilization and how the chemical composition of dietary fat can be used to estimate the ME and NE content of dietary fats.

    Kellner is outgoing Graduate Director on the ASAS Midwestern Section Board of Directors. He has received numerous awards, including a Miller Fellowship and an IPPA Foundation Fellowship. Upon graduation, he will be a nutritionist for AMVC.


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  • Mar
    14
    Young Scholars honored at Midwest


    The ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch honored Young Dairy Scholars and Animal Science Young Scholars last night during a reception at the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha.

    Follow ASAS on Facebook to see photos from the Reception and Recognition of the Young Scholar winners.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Young Scholar winners!

    Benjamin Bohrer


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  • Mar
    14
    Kansas State wins Midwest AQ!


    Congratulations to the undergraduate team from Kansas State University! The team took top honors this week in the Midwest Academic Quadrathlon. Iowa State University placed 2nd overall, followed by University of Missouri in 3rd place. In all, 13 teams competed in the AQ.

    Here are results for each of the AQ events. Follow ASAS on Facebook to see pictures from the competition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as photos from the AQ awards presentation.

    1st – Kansas State University

    2nd – University of Missouri


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  • Mar
    14
    Klopfenstein Lectureship debuts


    Dr. Rick Stock, Assistant Vice President of Cargill Corn Processing, delivered the inaugural Dr. Terry Klopfenstein Lectureship last night at the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha.

    Dr. Stock discussed the influence of Dr. Klopfenstein’s research on the history of corn milling byproducts. Dr. Klopfenstein is a highly respected and productive scientist and teacher who has given the livestock industry outstanding leadership.

    The ASAS Foundation Klopfenstein Student Excellence Scholarship Fund is used to fund the Klopfenstein Lectureship speaker. Speakers are selected from internationally recognized experts in beef cattle nutrition, forage utilization, co-product usage in beef cattle diets, and beef cattle production systems. The Klopfenstein Student Excellence Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Dr. Klopfenstein.


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