The Professional Animal Scientist

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Featured Member

Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota focusing on ruminant nutrition with emphasis on feedlot cattle. Her thesis research centers on the effects of manipulating growth and fermentation patterns on nutrient availability and performance of feedlot cattle. The rumen fermentation portion of her thesis focuses on the impact of ruminal parameters on the transformation and flow of fatty acids through the rumen. Her research on the effects of including distillers grains with solubles and soy glycerin in beef cattle finishing diets on ruminal fermentation was recently highlighted at the 78th Annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference, where she placed second in the graduate student poster competition sponsored by ARPAS.

In addition to working on her PhD, Haley has also accepted a position as a research scientist for Cargill Animal Nutrition within their Global Strategic Marketing and Technology team. Within her current role in Cargill Animal Nutrition, she generates research-based information that contributes to equipping Cargill’s consultants and technology deployment managers with further knowledge on industry-relevant rumen fermentation topics. This information is leading to deployment of dynamic feeding strategies and product development. As a professional animal scientist, her primary career goal and objective is to translate intricate science describing ruminal and animal function into appropriate on-farm or site applications for the benefit of the industry.

Haley is originally from southeast Minnesota, where she was exposed to the cattle industry growing up through her grandparents’ cow-calf operation. This exposure to the industry fueled her passion to pursue a degree in animal science. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science with summa cum laude honors from the University of Minnesota. As an undergraduate, Haley worked as a research assistant and received multiple grants, and also completed additional research for an undergraduate honors thesis. Haley says it is the time she spent as an undergrad in the lab that inspired her to continue on for her PhD in the fall of 2014. It was as she began her PhD program that she became increasingly passionate about giving back to the industry with her career direction. In an effort to connect her own research to industry professionals, Haley sought opportunities to network with industry professionals and share her research with those with the capabilities to apply them. This led her to present her findings at the Minnesota Nutrition Conference, where she became a member of ARPAS.

In the future, Haley hopes to be able to continue to inspire students and industry professionals alike through her research and involvement in groups like ARPAS.

ARPAS 2017 Elections

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

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

Megan Carey
Insight FS
Watertown, WI

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


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April 4–5, 2018 • Alabama
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April 8–9, 2018 • Syracuse, NY
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Quarterly Newsletter

Friday, December 01, 2017

President's Letter

John Bernard

I am happy to report that David Beede was selected to serve as the new editor-in-chief of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS). Dave is retiring from Michigan State University at the end of the year and will begin his new role as editor-in-chief in January. We are looking forward to working with Dave to grow PAS. During the interview process, the executive committee was presented with many new ideas for the journal by the candidates, and we are looking forward to addressing these as they will help us make PAS a better journal for our members as well as potentially help recruit additional members.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Dues and CEU Reminder

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Executive Vice President, ARPAS

Perhaps you have already responded to our annual request for payment of your 2018 ARPAS dues. If so, thank you for your continuing monetary support of ARPAS and your local chapter as well.

If you have misplaced the dues notice or just forgot to respond, you are not delinquent until after January 1. Please use our website ( or contact Cornicha Henderson ( if you need assistance or have forgotten your membership number.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Nominations for 2018 ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Executive Vice President, ARPAS

The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS who have made significant contributions to the animal sciences during their active career and also served in one or more ARPAS leadership positions.

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. Final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation by the ARPAS Governing Council. The number of awards each year will not exceed 0.2% of the total ARPAS membership. Please contact any member of the ARPAS Governing Council or send your nomination by email to


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