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William Randy Walker

Dr. William Randy Walker graduated from California State University, Fresno with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1979.  Randy also attended Oklahoma State University where he received a M.S. degree in Animal Science in 1981 and a Ph.D. degree in Animal Nutrition in 1984. 

Randy began his career as State Swine Extension Specialist at the University of Florida where he also conducted research in swine nutrition. In 1991, Randy transitioned to industry, serving as District Swine Specialist for Cargill-Nutrena Feeds in Wilson, NC.  Randy relocated to Iowa in 1993 to join Land O’Lakes, Inc. as Swine Nutrition and Technical Service Director.  In 2003 Randy began working for Distributors Processing, Inc. (DPI GLOBAL), and was appointed President and CEO on January 1, 2005.  DPI GLOBAL products are marketed in over 50 countries worldwide.

Randy is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, National Pork Producers Council, and National Cattlemens Beef Association.  He has also been active in the American Feed Industry Association serving on the Nutrition Council Executive Committee, the Nutrition Committee and on the the AFIA Board of Directors.   More recently, Randy has served as Director, President-Elect and President of the ARPAS Midwest Chapter.  In addition, Randy serves on the ARPAS Governing Council and Chairs the ARPAS Ethics Committee.  Randy has been an ARPAS member since 1989 and was accepted into ACAS in 1995.

Randy and his wife Pam live in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

New Board Members

ARPAS President-Elect:
John K. Bernard
University of Georgia

ARPAS Northeast Director:
Mark S. Wagner
F.M. Browns Sons, Inc.

ACAS President-Elect:
William Randy Walker
DPI Global

New Members

Professional:
Jessica H. Morton
Southern States Cooperative
Catonsville, MD

Victoria A. Lockwood
Southern States Cooperative
Boyce, VA

Gwinyai E. Chibisa
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID

Anne H. Laarman
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID

Associate:
Megan Carey
Insight FS
Watertown, WI

Graduate Student:
Lauren M. Mayo
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Upcoming Events

Renaissance Nutrition Conference
January 24–25, 2017 • Courtyard by Marriott
18 possible CEUs
National Mastitis Council - Hands on Training
January 28–31, 2017 • St. Pete Beach, FL
36 possible CEUs
VSFA Cow College
February 15–16, 2017 • Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
13 possible CEUs
Wisconsin Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference
March 3, 2017 • Stratford, WI
5 possible CEUs
2017 Central New York Dairy Day
March 14, 2017 • The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Copperstown, NY
2 possible CEUs
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Quarterly Newsletter

Thursday, December 01, 2016

President's Letter

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, PAS, DPL ACAS

As we bring closure to another productive year of ARPAS activities, we remain thankful for what our organization accomplished in 2016 and look toward what 2017 has in store.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Recycling and Renewable Resources—ARPAS Style

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Exec. VP, ARPAS

Some things don’t change. Activities and events recur from year to year with ARPAS so let’s just use what has worked in the past. I revisited past ARPAS newsletters to glean articles written by our members that effectively communicate a reoccurring need or event. I have added information as needed to reflect the current status. Thanks to these members for creating this opportunity.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

ARPAS Strategic Plan

Bob Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAS

The Strategic Planning Committee of ARPAS is actively involved in the identification of goals for 2017–2021. We thank everyone who responded and completed the strategic planning survey in October. There were 285 surveys completed by members in 40 states. Characteristics of the responders are as follows: 61% have been ARPAS members for more than 10 years, consulting and industry are the professional service or activity of 64% of the members, and 24% are from academia, and the major species of interest are dairy and beef. The most valuable activity or service provided by ARPAS are The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS), registration of credentials, and interaction with peers. 
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