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Saturday, April 1, 2017

President’s Letter

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, PAS, DPL ACAS

This time of year brings about the USDA Prospective Plantings report. This report describes how many acres of each crop will be planted and, pending no major weather events, harvested. This report is among the likes of our organization as members work together not only to develop ways to support existing members but to strategically devise plans to plant seeds of organizational growth of ARPAS. We are all set to gather at our ARPAS annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, at the ASAS–CSAS annual meeting, where we will review activities of the past year and discuss avenues of change that will allow us to further enhance our professions through ARPAS membership.

Saturday, April 1, 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 1, 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 1, 2017

The Professional Animal Scientist: Publisher Report

We are very pleased to report that, partly as a result of some recent Elsevier marketing campaigns to promote The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS; more information below), we have seen an increase in the number of article downloads in 2017.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ACAS Update

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

I am happy to say that over the past few months we have had a number of individuals successfully apply for ACAS membership through the Highly Qualified Individual designation. As I prepare this newsletter we have five new ACAS members: Stacey Gunter, research leader and research animal scientist with the USDA-ARS at Woodward, Oklahoma; Mike Looper, department head and professor of physiology with the University of Arkansas; Luis Tedeschi, professor of beef cattle nutrition with Texas A&M University; Art Goetsch, animal nutritionist at the US Goat Research Center, Langston, Oklahoma; and Terry Engle, animal nutritionist at Colorado State University. I have known each of these gentlemen for many years and am honored to welcome them to ACAS. We have several additional applicants who are currently in the review process. 

Saturday, April 1, 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 1, 2017

California Chapter Report

The winter leadership council meeting covered a wide range of topics related to chapter business and events. In attendance were John Martin (chapter president), Marit Arana, Andy Riordan, Stacy Tsang, Gabriella Acetoze, Jim Oltjen, Dave Ellis, Matt Kelly, Kevin Leahy, Peter Williams, and Renee Smith.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Midwest Chapter Report

The Midwest Chapter of ARPAS, which was started in 2011, had approximately 207 members as of January 2017. 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. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Washington DC Area Chapter Report

Bill Price

Our chapter is sponsoring our Mini-Symposium on “Environmental Sustainability and Animal Production” on April 26 at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (Conference Room 020, Building 005, 10300 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, MD). Attendees can register at the door at a cost of $40.00 and can claim 5 CEU for attendance. Richard Reynnells, our president elect, has put together a very impressive array of speakers. Allison Thornson, Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Washington, DC, will speak on a “Multi-Stakeholder Approach for Sustainable Production of Commodity Crops.” Rick Kohn, University of Maryland professor of animal nutrition management, will address “Greenhouse Gas Mitigation.” The presentation of Katie Dotterer-Pyle, Cow Comfort Inn Dairy, Union Bridge, Maryland, is “Ask Farmers, Not Google.” Chris Voell, US EPA, international lead—Ag. AgStar and Global Methane Initiative Climate Change Division, will address “How EPA’s AgStar Program Promotes Environmental Sustainability and Animal Production.” Walter Mlubry, microbiologist, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab, ARS, USDA, will speak on “Biological Treatment of Dairy Manure: Research Toward more Sustainable Practices in Nutrient Recovery and Reuse.” Last, Joel Newman, president and CEO of AFIA, will speak on “Global Feed LCA Institute and the Feed Industry.” A reception will follow the mini-symposium featuring the honoring of our chapter’s Dr. Vernon G. Pursel Memorial Distinguished Service Award winner for 2017, Richard D. Reynnells, PhD. Reynnells’s award states “for distinguished service to the animal sciences and in recognition of professional character and career accomplishments that serve as a model for professional animal scientists.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ARPAS Related Events at the ASAS Annual Meeting