Sunday, April 01, 2018
Spring has arrived, and everyone is preparing for another growing season. ARPAS is also examining how to maintain growth. Current membership in ARPAS is 1,418, which includes 63 graduate students. One change that your Executive Committee will recommend is the addition of a graduate student representative to the Governing Council. This is being recommended to bring another perspective and fresh ideas for the Governing Council to consider as we look at how we best serve the next generation of professional animal scientists. Details on how to nominate a graduate student will be available in the near future, so be thinking about someone you might nominate!
Friday, December 01, 2017
I am happy to report that David Beede was selected to serve as the new editor-in-chief of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS). Dave is retiring from Michigan State University at the end of the year and will begin his new role as editor-in-chief in January. We are looking forward to working with Dave to grow PAS. During the interview process, the executive committee was presented with many new ideas for the journal by the candidates, and we are looking forward to addressing these as they will help us make PAS a better journal for our members as well as potentially help recruit additional members.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
John K. Bernard, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN
I am honored to serve ARPAS as president for the coming year and look forward to working with the governing council. I would like to thank Jeff DeFrain for his service as ARPAS president and Dale Hill for his service as ARPAS treasurer. I am happy to welcome Dana Tomlinson who has agreed to serve as ARPAS treasurer, along with Andy Cole who was elected as president elect and Moe Bakke who serves as the secretary.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
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.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, PAS, DPL ACAS
As we bring closure to another productive year of ARPAS activities, we remain thankful for what our organization accomplished in 2016 and look toward what 2017 has in store.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Robert P. Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAP
We will have the opportunity to gather at our ARPAS Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of ADSA and ASAS in Salt Lake City, Utah, in July. The Governing Council and members will review activities of the past and discuss ARPAS programs and services that will enhance our professions. The organization was developed on the needs for certification, continued education, and commitment to a code of ethics. During the last 40 years since the formation of ARPAS, the organization has increased membership and programs to support animal scientists and is strong financially.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Bob Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAS
It has been five months since our annual ARPAS meeting in Florida, and the new year will soon be here. It is time to review activities and look toward the future.
I thank our Executive Vice President Kenneth Cummings, who provides leadership to keep us on track and to make sure that ARPAS accomplishes goals. I also thank Kelsey Grant, executive secretary, and FASS for assistance with many activities. We appreciate all current and new members on standing committees. Contributions of members allow certification, strengthening and promotion of the animal science profession, and assistance for members to continue professional development.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Jack Garrett, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAS
Hopefully spring has sprung for everyone during the last couple weeks. Temperatures are climbing here in Colorado, and a sense of renewal is coming over the state as flowers, trees, grass, and plants are greening up. As for my presidency with ARPAS, I’m beginning the last third of my term. It seems like only yesterday we were meeting in Kansas City. Hopefully this final third will be as interesting as the first two-thirds were.
Monday, December 01, 2014
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.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Michael Galyean, PAS, Dipl. ACAS
A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a paper on the future of beef production in North America. I had previously given a presentation along the same lines about cattle feeding in the U.S., but expanding my thinking to the overall beef production systems in North American was a bit challenging. Only time will tell if my “predictions” have merit. When reminded that it was time to prepare an article for the newsletter, I started thinking about what ARPAS might look like a few years down the road. So, I will offer a few thoughts for your consideration, recognizing that just as with my predictions about beef production, only time will tell if these forecasts have validity.