September 09, 2013

Midwest Section ASAS 2013 Report

The Midwest Section ASAS annual meeting was held in Des Moines, IA from March 11 to 13, 2013.  The meeting was held jointly with Midwest Branch ADSA. A total of 420 abstracts (increase of ~10% from 2012) were scheduled for oral or poster presentation with the largest number of abstracts scheduled in the Non-ruminant Nutrition (133) and Ruminant Nutrition (82) sections.

The MW sectional meeting continues to grow – with addition of a sponsored symposium on the afternoon of March 13, the meetings now encompass three full days of scientific programming.  Commensurate with this growth, sponsorship continues to grow with approximately $75,000 in funding raised to support the meetings.  Midwest officers and ASAS staff have worked hard to increase sponsorships.

The Midwest section again hosted the finals of the Academic Quadrathlon competition with the Lab Practicum held on the campus of Iowa State University on Sunday, March 10 (Thank you Iowa State!) and finals of the Quadrathlon Quiz Bowl competition held on Monday evening, March 11.

The meetings included undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. poster and oral presentation competition. Number of entries for the competition were:

Undergraduate Oral:  17

Undergraduate Poster:  5

M.S. Oral:  15

M.S. Poster:  6

Ph.D. Oral:  8

Ph.D. Poster:  7

The following symposia were held at the Midwest meetings:

Allee Symposium – Science in Practice

Baker Symposium – Amino Acid Nutrition

Billy Day Symposium – Considering Sow Housing

Genotyping Technologies and Their Application in Breeding Programs

Economical and Environmental Impact of Maximizing Feed Efficiency While Minimizing Risk in an Era of $8 Corn

Involving Undergraduate Students in Animal Sciences Research:  Best Practices and Benefits

Rumen Bypass Fat Sources and Their Effect on Milk Production and Milk Fat

Harlan Ritchie Beef Symposium

Opportunities of Soybean Meal Characteristics

Schingoethe Symposium – Co-Products in Dairy Cattle Diets

Characteristics of the Follicle and Oocyte that Impact Fertilization, Embryonic Development,

and Pregnancy Success

Temporary Immunological Castration of Swine:  Impact on Nutriton Requirements, Growth

and Meat Quality


Midwest ASAS Officers (2012-2013)

President:  Dr. John Patience, Iowa State University

President-Elect:  Dr. Bryon Wiegand, University of Missouri

Secretary:  Dr. Aimee Wertz-Lutz, ADM Alliance Nutrition

Past-President:  Dr. Scott Radcliffe, Purdue University

Director:  Dr. Neal Merchen, University of Illinois

ASAS/ADSA Director-at-Large:  Dr. Wendy Powers, Michigan State University


Elections were held for the positions of President-Elect and ASAS/ADSA Director-at-Large with the following results:


President-Elect:  Dr. Alan Mathew, Purdue University

ASAS/ADSA Director-at-Large:  Dr. Daryl Kleinschmit, Agri-King, Inc

The Midwest ASAS and ADSA Young Scholar Program was held again in 2013.  Ph.D. students (or students who have recently completed the Ph.D.) are nominated by departments for consideration of Young Scholar recognition.  After evaluation of criteria for Young Scholar recognition, several nominees are selected to make 30-minute “invited” oral presentations at the meeting and are publicly recognized as ASAS or ADSA Young Scholars.  This year, eight Young Dairy Scholars and eight Young Animal Science Scholars were selected.

Other award recipients at the Midwest meetings included:

Young Animal Scientist Extension Award (Sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina LLC):  Robert Weaber, Kansas State University

Young Animal Scientist Research Award (Sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products Inc.):  Juan Steibel, Michigan State University

Young Animal Scientist Teaching Award (Sponsored by ASAS Foundation):  Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University and Trista Strauch, University of Missouri

Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award (Sponsored by BASF Plant Science):  Tim Loy, Adams Land and Cattle Co.

National Pork Board Swine Innovation (Abstract) Award (Sponsored by National Pork Board):  Xiaojing Li, University of Minnesota and Nicholas Boddicker, Iowa State University

Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award (Sponsored by Stahly/Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund)Seth Monegue, University of Kentucky