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Monday, December 1, 2014

President's Letter

Jack Garrett, PhD, PAS, ACAS Dipl.

We are almost at the end of another year; it is amazing how fast time seems to pass. For the holiday season, I would like to encourage everyone to sit back and reflect on the last 365 days. I believe we spend too much time rushing forward and too little time in serious evaluation. This has been an excellent year for me, and I look forward to another great year in 2015.

I would like to thank Kenneth Cummings, executive vice-president and long-time friend, for his help, support, and ability to keep me on track with the responsibilities of being the president of ARPAS. Also, I would like to thank Jeremy Holzner, executive secretary, for his hard work and efforts.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dues and CEUs Reminder for 2015

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

It’s that time of year again, and I would be remiss in my role with ARPAS if I did not remind you to pay your dues and report your CEUs.
Perhaps you have already responded to our annual request for payment of your ARPAS dues. Thank you for continuing monetary support of national ARPAS and your local chapter as well. 

If you have misplaced the dues notice or just forgot to respond, you are not delinquent until January 1. Please use our website (www.arpas.org) or contact Jeremy Holzner if you need assistance or have forgotten your membership number.

Monday, December 1, 2014

ARPAS Symposium at 2015 Joint Annual Meeting

Bob Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAP

The ARPAS Symposium at the 2015 ADSA–ASAS joint annual meeting will be on Tuesday morning, July 14, at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. The topic is Reproductive Efficiency of Beef Cows—Current Status and New Technologies. Management practices and techniques to enhance reproductive efficiency of beef cows will be presented, as well as technologies that can be applied in the future. The topics and speakers are as follows:

• Nutrition and management of cows—Supplementation and feed additives. Richard J. Rasby, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
• Selection of a calving season. Richard N. Funston, University of Nebraska, North Platte
• Advantages of current and future reproductive technologies. G. Cliff Lamb, University of Florida, NFREC, Marianna
• Use of ultrasonography to make management decisions. George A. Perry, South Dakota State University

We are excited to have such outstanding speakers and look forward to learning about current practices and potential innovations for the future of the beef industry. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Nominations for 2015 ARPAS “Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist”

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

The ARPAS “Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist” award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS who have made a significant contribution to the animal sciences during their active careers and who also served in a leadership position within ARPAS. 

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. The final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation from 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 e-mail to arpas@assochq.org.

Recipients of this award will be recognized in the newsletter, in the PAS journal, and with a tribute at our annual meeting. A suitable award will be presented to them on this occasion. They will also be granted lifetime membership in ARPAS with emeritus privileges.

Our 2014 recipients were William Olson, Gary Potter, and Art Raun. Since the inception of this program in 2008, we have honored 20 “Distinguished Professional Animal Scientists.”

Categories: Awards, December 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

ARPAS Foundation Report

Bill Braman, PhD, PAS, Chairperson

The ARPAS Foundation committee seeks your help.

In 2014 the ARPAS Foundation continued a program to support membership growth through graduate-student support. The Foundation committee presented “Why you should be a member of ARPAS” to the Dairy Quiz Bowl contestants and ADSA Graduate Student Division during the 2014 joint annual meeting of the societies. The ARPAS Foundation supported the ARPAS exam fee for these students, resulting in offering more than 75 students ARPAS exams and increasing membership. The committee will broaden this activity in 2015 to include ASAS and PSA graduate students.  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO)

In 2004 ARPAS was one of the founding professional animal industry organizations that formed a coalition to start PAACO. PAACO has become increasingly important to professional animal scientists, so the purpose of this article is to provide ARPAS members with an introduction to PAACO. Future newsletters will contain regular updates about PAACO. 

The five professional animal industry organizations that are the coalition are
• American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists,
• American Association of Avian Pathologists,
• American Association of Bovine Practitioners,
• American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and
• Federation of Animal Science Societies,

The current ARPAS representatives on the PAACO board are Terry Mader (chairperson of PAACO, Mader Consulting LLC), Ted Friend (Texas A&M), and Frank Owsley (Auburn University).

Monday, December 1, 2014

Colorado–Wyoming–Nebraska Chapter Report

Matt Luebbe, PhD, PAS

The tristate 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 and Management Roundtable (HPNR) will rotate annually among the three states to increase participation and ARPAS membership. To further increase ARPAS membership, the chapter offered to pay for the exam during the HPNR meeting and the first year of membership for those interested in joining.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Midwest Chapter Report

Brainstorming and Strategic Planning
This has continued through this fall and is nearing completion. More details will be available in the upcoming months. If you have any ideas you would like to share with the board of directors, please contact one of us:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Northeast Chapter Report

Mark S. Wagner, President NE ARPAS Chapter

The fourth meeting of the Northeast Chapter of ARPAS was held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. This was held in conjunction with the Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop at Grantville, Pennsylvania. There were 59 ARPAS members and guests in attendance. A total of 67 had preregistered via the Penn State Extension Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop venue. A short annual meeting was held to nominate candidates for the upcoming year. The nominees for president-elect were Tom Nauman and William Sutliff and for secretary–treasurer were Dane Schoenbaum and Thomas Hickley. Two directors are needed to fill vacancies. Nominees were David Kirk, Alden Bowman, and Dorothy Pastor. Daryl Maulfair was nominated from the floor for director. A closed ballot election for all officers was held during the meeting.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Washington DC Chapter Report

The Washington DC Area Chapter of ARPAS began the year with three luncheon meetings. The dates, speakers, and titles of their presentations are as follows:

1. October 23, 2014
Bill Price
“Application of Laws, Policies, and Guidance from the United States and Canada to the Regulation of Food and Feed Derived from Genetically Modified Crops: Interpretation of Composition Data”

2. November 21, 2014
Barbara Masters, Senior Policy Advisor, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
“Residue Issues in Meat from a Packer’s Perspective”

3. December 10, 2014
Lowell Randel, Washington, DC, Representative of the Federation of Animal Science Societies
“Building Support for Animal Science: Challenges and Opportunities”

In addition, the Board has planned 3 additional luncheon meetings for after the first of the year and is actively planning its spring mini-symposium and banquet.
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