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Published on Friday, August 1, 2014

ARPAS Foundation Report

Bill Braman, PhD, PAS, Chairperson

The ARPAS Foundation was initiated in 2008 and the ARPAS bylaws in 2010 were ratified by the membership in 2010. Foundation Committee members include Andy Cole (2016), Moe Bakke (2014), Dale Hill (2015), Bill Braman (2014), Carl Hunt as a statutory member and Kenneth Cummings as ex-officio member.

The ARPAS Foundation as of May 31, 2014 had assets of $130,199.20 per the financial statement with targeted invested of 75% in fixed income securities and 25% in equities. 

In an effort to support membership growth, the Foundation Board presented "Why you should be a member of ARPAS" to the Dairy Quiz Bowl contestants and ADSA Graduate Student Division during the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting of the Societies. This resulted in offering 70 students an ARPAS exam with a pass rate of 50% and most (51) taking the dairy cattle exam. The testing fee of $25 for each was paid with earnings from the Foundation Account ($1,750). The Committee passed a motion to continue to sponsor the same activity in 2014 for graduating seniors and graduate students and include ASAS and PSA. Representatives of the Committee are scheduled to make a brief ARPAS presentation to both ADSA Graduate Student Division and ADSA-SAD Quiz Bowl participants.

As part of the education commitment, The Foundation Committee will sponsor a speaker(s) for the Food Safety Section for the 2015 JAM. The presentation(s) focus on educating the ARPAS membership on the effect of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on member’s companies, customers, and clients. FDA has expressed concerns about products manufactured by a facility that may not contain essential nutrients or have too much of a nutrient. Thus, implementing FSMA may require FDA to regulate nutritionist’s activities in formulating manufactured feeds and client’s livestock/poultry rations. The AFIA has agreed to assist with the identifying a speaker and assisting with this activity. 

Lastly, the Foundation Committee wants to increase awareness of the Foundation and become more aggressive in seeking donations to the Foundation. We seek ideas that can increase awareness and increase tax deductible financial contributions as calendar year 2014 comes to a close. The Foundation requests the addition of an option to donate to the Foundation on Societies member renewal form.

An ARPAS Foundation donor form has been added to the website for those wishing to donate to the Foundation or make a pledge.
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