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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Chapter Activities and Reports

California Chapter
Northeast Chapter
Pacific Northwest Chapter
Southeast Chapter
Southern Great Plains Chapter
Washington DC Chapter

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Chapter Activities and Reports

California Chapter
The California Chapter completed its annual CEC meeting on October 16-17, 2019. The topics included talks form Dr. Vandehaar on “Meeting the Energy Needs of Cows: How Much Milk Will a Ration Make?”, “Fatty Acid Inclusion and Utilization by Dairy Cattle” by Dr. Lou Armentano, and an update on the work the chapter has been involved in, with UC Davis and the California Almond Board on the use of almond hulls in lactating cattle diets. The trial work is complete and the associated papers are being prepared for publication. A copy of the agenda is attached.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Chapter Activities and Reports

Pacific Northwest Chapter

Shelby Filley, PhD, PAS
ARPAS PNW Chapter President 2019–2020

(June 2019) – We currently have 64 members from the United States and Canada. Our activities this year included a well-attended annual meeting on January 15, 2019, in Boise, Idaho, in conjunction with the PNW Animal Nutrition Conference. We plan to continue meeting with them annually.

Washington DC Chapter

Bill Price, PhD, PAS
ARPAS DC Chapter President 2019–2020

(Sept. 2019) – We have planned monthly meetings for each month, alternating between Rockville, Maryland, and Beltsville, Maryland, for our meetings. The WDC Area Chapter finished its meetings for the year on a high note with its Mini-Symposium titled “Myths and Realities of Modern Animal Production” on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. We are planning the next symposium on a current topic for April 2020.

California Chapter

Jed Asmus, MS, PAS
ARPAS California Chapter Representative

(July 2019) – The California Chapter currently consists of 80+ members and is focused on expanding its support of production agriculture within California and the industry. Current projects supported by the chapter include the following:

Monday, April 29, 2019

Chapter Reports and Activities

Southern Chapter

Daniel Rivera

Brandi Karisch will be assuming the role of president of the Southern Chapter.

The symposium took the place of the annual meeting this year at the Southern ASAS meetings in Oklahoma City. The symposium examined the consequences of poor management on calf health and performance at the ranch, and calf health and performance after weaning, as well as the economic effect at each level.

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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Washington DC Chapter

Bill Price, PAS, and Chapter Past President

The Washington, DC, area chapter has an active agenda with monthly meetings and is planning a spring symposium. The speakers and topics for our monthly meetings are listed below. We alternate meeting sites between CVM (Rockville, MD) and USDA, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Our mini-symposium is planned for April 26.

Friday, December 1, 2017

South Central Chapter

The South Central Chapter offered its third annual graduate student competition in conjunction with the Four States Cattle Conference. Unfortunately, the conference date conflicted with finals and we were unable to attract participants. During the Four States Cattle Conference, Buck Pendergraft, chapter secretary, distributed ARPAS brochures and discussed membership benefits among trade show participants. A business meeting location is being secured for February 5 in conjunction with the Southern Section meeting of the American Society of Animal Science. Once details are finalized, an email will be distributed to paid chapter members. Several items of discussion for the business meeting will include a report from the chapter objectives committee, membership and membership drive, officer elections, and future direction for the graduate student competition. The chapter is currently seeking officers for president elect and director positions for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Friday, December 1, 2017

California Chapter

Jim Tully

Continuing Education Conference: October 2017
Chew on this—Another look at fiber
The calendar year and our chapter year are winding down. Our yearly Continuing Education Conference gave our members an in-depth review of fiber. Chemistry, functionality, and utilization of fiber were covered. Attendance was fantastic. We have a meeting policy whereby vendors are asked to avoid using the meeting as an opportunity to make sales presentations. This year this request was well heeded. Thank you to the many vendors/sponsors for making this meeting a success. 

Each year the California-ARPAS group awards scholarships to students that present a preview or completed thesis project. This October at the annual continuing education meeting, the recipients were 
(left to right) Ashley Niesen, Yuki Okatsu, Maia Laabs, Hannah Gautier, and Morgan Wukadinovich.

All papers were submitted, reviewed by an ARPAS education committee, and then presenters were interviewed.

The state and national ARPAS congratulate these students from the University of California–Davis.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Midwest Chapter

Current Leadership

ARPAS Midwest Director: Randy Walker
Midwest Chapter President: Aaron Park 
Midwest Chapter President-Elect: Rick Bonander
Midwest Chapter Past President: Bruce Arentson
Midwest Chapter Secretary-Treasurer: Wendy Flatt 
Midwest Chapter Directors: Phil Krueger, Chad Risley, Joe Wolf, Jim Edwards, Bob Coleman, Elizabeth Marvel, and Stephanie Wisdom 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Midwest Chapter and Directors Report

Randy Walker

The Midwest region of ARPAS and the Midwest Chapter of ARPAS continue to be active in building and supporting ARPAS membership through engaging candidate members at animal and dairy science technical meetings and through targeted sponsorships and ARPAS presentations.