ARPAS Newsletter


Friday, December 01, 2017

Nominations for 2018 ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Executive Vice President, ARPAS

The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS who have made significant contributions to the animal sciences during their active career and also served in one or more ARPAS leadership positions.

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. Final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation by 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 email to

Friday, December 01, 2017

Professional Animal Scientist Editor In Chief

Dave Beede

We seek your submissions and suggestions for The Professional Animal Scientist journal.

 I am honored to serve the next three years as the editor-in-chief (EIC) of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) journal. Wayne Kellogg, EIC for more than 11 years, has left big boots to fill. I appreciate his help in the next few months while transitioning into this new role. Andy Cole and Stacey Gunter will continue to serve as associate editors in 2018. An additional associate editor will be announced soon for the swine area.

We invite and strongly encourage submission of manuscripts for review and potential publication. Anyone, ARPAS members as well as nonmembers, can submit manuscripts for consideration. Submissions can be ORIGINAL RESEARCH manuscripts, SCIENTIFIC REVIEWS, CASE STUDIES, COMMENTARIES, or TECHNICAL NOTES addressing important topics that are ready or nearly ready for field application. Topics must relate to opportunities or challenges in the applied animal sciences or in animal production systems, including dairy, meat animals (beef and swine), horses, poultry, and other species. All submissions are peer reviewed and considered refereed upon publication. 

Friday, December 01, 2017

Becoming a 2018 ARPAS Corporate Sponsor

Ryon Walker

Support ARPAS by becoming a 2018 Corporate Sponsor!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

CEU’s-Alternate Ways to Meet Your Annual Requirement

Some of our members have difficulty meeting their required 16 CEU each year. Time and travel are becoming more expensive, and attending meetings that provide educational material to acquire your CEU is becoming more difficult. As an alternative, a portion of your continuing education could come from webinars or educational videos. 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Please Renew Your ARPAS Membership for 2017

We are one-third of the way into 2017, and dues for this year have not been received from approximately 200 members. If you are actively working as an animal scientist, we encourage you to continue your membership. If you have an issue with meeting your CEU requirement, give ARPAS a call (217-356-5390, or email, and we will develop a plan to help you meet that need. For those who have let their membership lapse, reinstatement is possible without retaking the ARPAS exam. The form for reinstatement can be found on the website ( You will need to pay a $25 reinstatement fee and the current year's dues and acquire your 16 CEU for the year.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

2017 Election Announcements

Voting opens May 1 for the 2017 election.

The 2017 ARPAS elections will open May 1, 2017. An email notification will be sent to all members with information about the 2017 nominees and how to cast a vote.


Saturday, April 01, 2017

Become a Corporate Sponsor of ARPAS

Ryon S. Walker, PAS, Professional Relations Committee Chair

Say YES to this opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to excellence and ethics in service to animal agriculture. Your sponsorship dollars allow ARPAS to provide certification of new members through examination, support numerous continuing educational opportunities for existing members, and contribute to publishing of The Professional Animal Scientist, which disseminates peer-reviewed, applied scientific agricultural information around the globe. Anyone can become of corporate sponsor of ARPAS. Join today! For information about becoming a corporate sponsor, call or e-mail ARPAS at (217) 356-5390 or

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Recycling and Renewable Resources—ARPAS Style

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

Some things don’t change. Activities and events recur from year to year with ARPAS so let’s just use what has worked in the past. I revisited past ARPAS newsletters to glean articles written by our members that effectively communicate a reoccurring need or event. I have added information as needed to reflect the current status. Thanks to these members for creating this opportunity.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Professional Animal Scientist

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

Thanks for an Excellent Year
Volume 32 (2016) of the journal was completed earlier this month with 873 pages for the year. It is the largest volume to date. By comparison, the previous volume had 607 pages, and the 10-year average was 677 pages. I want to thank many people who made the year so successful. I especially thank the authors who conducted the research, submitted the manuscripts, made the revisions, and approved the final page proofs! I really appreciate the essential role that our expert reviewers—including many on the Editorial Board—had in appraising the manuscripts. Both Associate Editors, Andy Cole and Stacey Gunter, worked with authors and reviewers in refining the articles. Christina Horger, technical editor, and other FASS staff members were involved in preparing the page proofs. Finally, Emma Bruun and the staff of Elsevier published the issues.

Friday, April 01, 2016

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. Four beef cattle researchers will discuss management practices and techniques to enhance reproductive efficiency of beef cows. Rick Rasby (University of Nebraska) will give an update on “Nutrition and management of cows—Supplementation and feed additives.” Rick Funston (University of Nebraska, North Platte) will discuss “Selection of a calving season.” Cliff Lamb (University of Florida, Marianna) will describe “Advantages of current and future reproductive technologies for beef production.” George Perry (South Dakota State University) with present an update on “Use of ultrasonography to make management decisions.” We are excited to have these outstanding speakers and look forward to learning about current practices and potential innovations for the future of the beef industry.

Categories: Announcements, April 2015