June 27, 2016

Join the ASAS Public Policy Committee

Public Policy

June 27, 2016 – The ASAS Public Policy Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the committee, starting in July 2016. New positions on the committee are asked to serve a three-year term.

The committee is dynamic, productive and proactive in communicating with the ASAS membership on policy issues related to animal sciences. The committee identifies opportunities for ASAS and its members to inform, influence and engage in key federal legislative and administrative policy decisions related to animal sciences.

The committee meets by teleconference on a monthly basis, writes short articles on current events and issues related to animal science for the monthly issue of Taking Stock D.C., organizes quarterly Snack & Fact events and visits on Capitol Hill, and provides stakeholder input on policies and funding related to animal science in response to requests from federal agencies. Additional details on committee responsibilities are listed below.

If you have an interest in science policy and want to be more active in advancing the mission of ASAS – this is the committee for you. To volunteer to serve on this committee, contact ASAS through Kim Schoonmaker at kims@asas.org by July 8, 2016.

Charge and Responsibilities of ASAS Public Policy Committee

History: The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Public Policy Committee was formed in 2008 after the launch of the 2008-2012 ASAS Strategic Plan. A significant portion of the 2008-2012 ASAS Strategic Plan focused on reinvigorating ASAS involvement in public policy with particular emphasis on activities in Washington, D.C.

Committee Structure

Chair of the Public Policy Committee: The Chair of the Public Policy Committee will be an ASAS Board Member. The Chair will be responsible for reporting activities back to the ASAS Board.

General Committee Members: The committee will have a minimum of 6 members. Members of the committee must be members of ASAS.

Committee Term: Committee members will serve for a maximum of 3 consecutive years. The committee will work together to determine individual terms and rotation.

Committee Objectives and Responsibilities

  • To develop and maintain a prioritized slate of tangible policy outcomes and identify opportunities for ASAS and its members to inform, influence and engage in key federal legislative and administrative policy decisions related to animal sciences.
  • To write, review, and update yearly the “ASAS Grand Challenges Documents.”
  • To write policy position papers and statements.
  • To organize Capitol Hill visits for ASAS leadership and members.
  • To act as liaisons and provide expertise to federal agencies.
  • To organize webinars on important policy topics.
  • To create a sabbatical program for ASAS academic members to participate in policy analysis and development at the federal level.
  • To develop, expand and maintain an “experts” list in order to best provide information to agencies for their effective decision-making.
  • To organize ASAS members to apply needed political pressure when appropriate.
  • To be proactive in defining and educating the public on public policy issues related to animal sciences and animal agriculture.