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Friday, April 1, 2016

President’s Letter

Robert P. Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAP

We will have the opportunity to gather at our ARPAS Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of ADSA and ASAS in Salt Lake City, Utah, in July. The Governing Council and members will review activities of the past and discuss ARPAS programs and services that will enhance our professions. The organization was developed on the needs for certification, continued education, and commitment to a code of ethics. During the last 40 years since the formation of ARPAS, the organization has increased membership and programs to support animal scientists and is strong financially.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Executive Vice President's Report

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

  • Reporting Continuing Education Units (CEU)
  • Please Renew Your ARPAS Membership for 2016
  • Student Membership

Friday, April 1, 2016

Update on The Professional Animal Scientist

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

The first two issues of the 32nd volume of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) contain eight review articles:

Design, Analysis, and Execution of Quality Grazing Research
  • Grazing management options in meeting objectives of grazing experiments
  • The roles of forage management, forage quality, and forage allowance in grazing research
  • Designing a grazing experiment that can reliably detect meaningful differences
  • Getting more information from your grazing research beyond cattle performance
Reproductive Efficiency of Beef Cows
  • Nutrition and management of cows: Supplementation and feed additives
  • Choosing a calving date
  • Use of ultrasonography to make reproductive management decisions
  • Advantages of current and future reproductive technologies for beef cattle production

Friday, April 1, 2016

ARPAS Symposium at 2016 Joint Annual Meeting

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, Dipl. ACAS

As we know, the 2016 year is in full swing and with that ARPAS is already in the final stages of planning the ARPAS Symposium for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Current President-Elect, Jeffrey DeFrain, has orchestrated what promises to be another highly educational symposium.

Friday, April 1, 2016

2016 Election Announcement

Voting Opening May 1st for 2016 Election

The 2016 ARPAS Elections will open Sunday, May 1, 2016. An email notification will be sent to all members with information about the 2016 nominees and how to cast a vote. 

This year’s nominees are as follows:

President-Elect
Dr. John K. Bernard
Dr. David P. Casper

Northeast Section Director
Dr. Mark S. Wagner 

Voting will end Tuesday, May 31 at midnight. 

Categories: Announcements, April 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Ethics Committee Report

Randy Walker, Midwest Director

The membership of the ARPAS Ethics Committee membership remains as follows:

Member, Location, Term expires
Randy Walker, IA Chair
Chris Dei, CA 2016
Will Seymour, VA 2016
Robert Coleman, KY 2017
Joanne Knapp, OH 2017
Michael Edmonds, IA 2018
Mark McGuire, ID 2018

Ethics Committee Activity
Since our last newsletter, there has been no new activity within the Ethics Committee. This is a good thing, because there have been no reported violations and no actions have been required.

Categories: Reports, April 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

California Chapter Report

May 4, 2016. ARPAS California Chapter Spring Business Meeting 

August 25, 2016. Bang for Your Buck–4:00 to 8:30 pm. This has become a major fundraising event for our Scholarship and Research Committees. A trap shoot is held at the Kingsburg Gun Club. A great event that everyone should attend. If you are a member of ARPAS (nationally) and have any possible reason to get to California choose some time around this date. You will not be disappointed. 

October 29–27, 2016. California ARPAS Continuing Education Conference, Harris Ranch, Coalinga, CA. The committee has decided to continue the theme started last year with the Biology of Why Models Work or Don’t: Carbohydrates and Fats. Most of the topics and speakers have been confirmed. Check the website for continuing updates on the agenda as the speakers are confirmed. This event is rather unique for attendants. We have a policy that this is a technical meeting and vendors are asked not to engage in sales presentations. If your schedule permits, and you cannot make the trap shoot, please join us in October to the CEC. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

CO/WY/NE Chapter Report

The Tri-state ARPAS chapter changed the name of the Colorado Nutrition Roundtable to the High Plains Nutrition and Management Roundtable. It was decided by the officers and advisory committee to change the name in order to host the event in each of the states represented. The High Plains Nutrition Roundtable (HPNR) will rotate annually among the 3 states to increase participation and ARPAS membership. The 2016 meeting will be held in Colorado. To further increase ARPAS membership, the Chapter offered to pay for the exam during the HPNR meeting and also the first year of membership for those interested in joining.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Midwest Chapter Report

The Midwest Chapter of ARPAS, which was started in 2011, had approximately 161 members as of March 2016. The chapter continues to be active in building and supporting ARPAS membership through the University and Industry Relations Committees as well as through targeted sponsorships and ARPAS presentations.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Washington, DC Chapter Report

The Washington DC Chapter is sponsoring its annual mini-symposium on April 27, 2016, at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Station. The title of this year’s symposium is Antibiotics and Animal Agriculture: Science and Politics. There will be five outstanding speaker with pertinent topics. Dr. Stacy Sneeringer of USDA’s ERS will be speaking on The Economics of Antibiotic Use in US Livestock Production, Mr. Ron Phillips of the Animal Health Institute will speak on Antibiotic Use in Production Animals, Dr. Gregory Tyson of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research, will be speaking on Antibiotic Mechanisms of Action, Dr. Mike Murphy of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, Science Policy Team, will be speaking on Resistance and Antibiotic Use; and Dr. Chase Crawford of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities will be speaking on Is Antibiotic Use in Production Animals Causing a Human Health Problem: Fact or Politics.
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