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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Report on Applied Animal Science

David K. Beede, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of AAS, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

This report is divided into three parts: I) performance data about the submission-review-editorial-publication process of Applied Animal Science (AAS) for 2019 compared with the previous 4 years; II) activities and changes in 2019; and, III) anticipated work and activities for 2020 and forward.

The journal can be found at: via the ARPAS member or the Elsevier/Science Direct webpages.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

ARPAS Membership Report

Heidi Rossow, Ph.D., PAS

Membership update, 31 December 2019:

Associate Member 70
Board Certified 166
Complimentary 1
Corporate Sponsor 8
Emeritus 41
Graduate Student 86
Life Emeritus 36
Professional Member 1,087
Total 1,495


Total exams given in 2019: 178

The Membership Committee has recently completed a video about ‘Navigating the ARPAS Exam’ – find it soon on the ARPAS website and social media accounts.

The Committee is now working on a video about the ‘Benefits of Joining ARPAS’, which is anticipated to be ready for viewing at the 2020 Annual Meeting in June.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ARPAS Membership Report

As of August 29, 2019, ARPAS 2019 Membership was as follows:

Associate Member 77
Board Certified 170
Complimentary 1
Corporate Sponsor 1
Emeritus 35
Graduate Student 74
Life Emeritus 27
Professional Member 1,076
Total 1,461

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Executive VP Report

Kenneth R. Cummings, Dipl. ACAN

Relative to maturity, ARPAS is in middle-age but still in good health.  We continuing to add new members and address new ways to add value for our member and our profession.  Ten years ago, our testing process used only paper exams.  Our work consisted of evaluating educational programs for CEU credit, working on a strategic plan and assisting the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to train ARPAS members for on-farm feed management evaluation.  ARPAS had five active Chapters but the bulk of our ARPAS members had no regional chapter affiliation and could not participate ARPAS associated activities.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ACAS President Report

Patrick French, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS, ACAS President

ACAS Board Certification Update

Patrick French, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAS, ACAS President

I genuinely thank members of the American College of Animal Sciences (ACAS), the board certification arm of ARPAS for electing me as president and look forward to serving the organization in the coming year. I thank Randy Walker for his service as ACAS president for the past year, Ken Cummings for his service as ARPAS executive vice president, and Cornicha Henderson of FASS for her assistance with the ACAS administrative duties.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ARPAS California Chapter Update

Jim Tully

On May 2nd we held our annual Spring Meeting on the first morning of the California Animal Nutrition Conference.  Funds are available for increasing scholarships above the 3 graduate and 3 to 5 undergraduate scholarships ($2,000 and $1,000 each respectively).  CA ARPAS are heavily involved in a Research project looking at the feeding value of almond hulls, including further work looking at contamination levels.  These are a very important feed for the California dairy industry.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

ACAS Board Certification Update

W. Randy Walker, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, ACAS President

The new year is upon us, and the groundhog says spring should be arriving any day now. As signs of spring begin to appear, such as new leaves on the trees, greener grass, all of the planting activity, and, of course, the opening day of baseball, we are reminded that spring is a time of renewal. This also applies to ACAS as we renew our efforts to remind ARPAS members who are not yet board certified of all the benefit and value of achieving the highest level of certification available in ARPAS.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Looking Forward 1: The ARPAS Journal, Readers

Dave Beede, Editor-in-Chief

About 25% of the ARPAS membership (n = 421 respondents) answered the recent ARPAS 2018 journal name-change survey and questionnaire providing valuable information. The ARPAS editorial team met by conference call April 9 to discuss the input. Here I summarize some of the key responses from members and readers. I have also added some comments to update you on several forward-looking efforts happening with The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS).

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Foundation Report

Jack Garrett

The ARPAS Foundation’s assets now exceed $200,000. The ARPAS Foundation was established to recognize and fund worthy educational efforts of ARPAS and its members, or to promote the activities of ARPAS. Each year we receive multiple requests for educational funding projects, such as support for symposiums and speakers. This year the foundation will be supporting the dissemination of the information that will be presented at this year’s educational symposium “Sustainable Dairy Production” at the ADAS annual meeting by helping with the publication of the written articles in our journal.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

ARPAS 2018 First-Quarter Treasurer’s Report

Dana Tomlinson

National ARPAS has started 2018 well with revenue generation in line with expectations. Through the first two months of the year, we are sitting with 49% of our revenue and support budgeted position. Fortunately, the bulk of our membership dues are collected early in the year; however, membership activity could be stronger. We always have room for new members and encourage everyone to share the value of ARPAS with their colleagues and any students with whom they interact.