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Monday, August 1, 2016

Outgoing President's Letter

Bob Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAS

Accomplishments of ARPAS during the last year were possible because of the excellent guidance and dedication of our Executive Vice President, Kenneth Cummings. By his fine examples, Kenneth keeps us organized and inspires members to be active. I deeply appreciated his leadership and helpful approach.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Incoming President's Letter

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, DPL ACAS – Nutrition

First off, I am truly humbled to serve as your president and represent an organization that continues to serve animal producers, industry, and others desiring research-based technical information on the animal sciences. No other organization comes close to providing certification and continuing education, commitment to a code of ethics, and disseminating the caliber of applied scientific information through their own peer-reviewed journal.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Executive Vice-President's Report

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

Your ARPAS leadership team and support staff continue to provide excellent service for our members. Our normal scope of activities include certification of members, evaluation of programs for continuing education, tracking of continuing education credits, and monitoring adherence to our code of ethics. In addition, we continue to add those initiatives identified in our strategic plan to better serve our members and the animal science community.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Treasurer's Report

Dr. Dale A. Hill, PAS, ACANS

I am happy to report that ARPAS is in sound financial condition, based on the most recent FASS financial reports dated April 30, 2016.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Foundation Report

Bill Sanchez, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN; Chair

1. The purpose of the ARPAS Foundation is to provide educational programming for current members of ARPAS and to enhance the certification process for prospective members. 

2. The Foundation will encourage current members and supporters of ARPAS to contribute funds to the Foundation to build a financial base. 

3. The bylaws state that only the income from the Foundation assets can be used for the educational programming and enhancement of the certification process.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Professional Animal Scientist Update

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

The current status of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) is quite positive. The four issues published in 2016 by Elsevier total 530 pages. This compares with only 393 in 2015 and 475 in 2014. Additionally, the October issue should have 175 pages. So, we will complete Volume 32 and exceed our contracted goal of 720 pages.

Monday, August 1, 2016

ACAS Board Certification Update

N. Andy Cole, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

First let me thank the members of the American College of Animal Science (ACAS). I am honored to have been elected as an ACAS officer and look forward to the coming year as ACAS President. I also want to thank John Bernard for his service as ACAS President for the past year, Kenneth Cummins for his service as ARPAS Executive VP, and Kelsey Grant of FASS for her hard work with the ACAS administrative duties.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award Winners

Recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award are

Lee Shell
President (1997–1998)
Treasurer (1993–1996)

Gerald Poley
He has served as the Washington DC Area Chapter as President-Elect, President, Past-President, and Director-at-Large.
In 1999, Poley received the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington DC Area Chapter of ARPAS.

Monday, August 1, 2016

California Chapter Report

Jim Tully

Our research group has submitted a paper to the ARPAS journal, The Professional Animal Scientist, which is scheduled to be published in the August 2016 issue. This has been a major project, and we are excited to share the results with the industry. The results and conclusions challenge some of the standards we have come to accept as “real.” The TDN, RFV, RFQ, and in vitro disappearance all have major flaws when trying to predict alfalfa hay quality. This likely means that many of our procedures for ranking of ingredients do not have strong relationships to animal performance.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Midwest Chapter Report

W. Randy Walker, PhD, PAS

After the Midwest Chapter’s June 2016 election, the current Chapter Officers and Directors are as follows:

Bruce Arentson, President 
Aaron Park, President-Elect