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Highlights of science communication symposium

By Tameka Phillips, ASAS Public Policy Committee

August 29, 2016 – As animal scientists we put a lot of time and energy into our research, teaching, and business obligations. For many, we are considered the experts in the field of animal science. So, when it comes to informing the public, we as animal scientists want our imparted information to be understood. The Contemporary and Emerging Issues Symposium: Communicating Animal Sciences Effectively was an avenue to learn about effective science communication. Read more

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New report on impact of investing in ag research and extension

By ASAS Public Policy Committee

August 29, 2016 – A new report, “New Insights on the Impacts of Public Agricultural Research and Extension,” discusses the importance of public investment in agricultural research and extension activities. While the U.S. has been a leader in science-based increases in agricultural productivity for most of the 20th century, growth in public funding for agricultural research declined by 20% from 1995-1998, rebounded slightly through 2006, and then further declined during the economic recession since 2009. In contrast, Brazil and China have been investing heavily in agricultural research. Read more

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American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

By Penny Riggs, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

August 29, 2016 – To invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, S. 3084, was introduced in the Senate in June, with support of Senators Cory Gardner (R–CO), Gary Peters (D–MI), John Thune (R–SD), and Bill Nelson (D–FL). The bill was quickly passed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with strong bipartisan support. This important bill would benefit scientific research through language to maximize basic research and reform federal science agencies. By reducing administrative burdens for researchers, enhancing agency oversight, and improving research dissemination, this legislation aims to increase the return on investment for taxpayer-funded research. Read more

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Update on Global Food Security Act

By Cassie Welch, ASAS Public Policy Committee

August 29, 2016 – On July 20, President Barack Obama signed into law the Global Food Security Act – a bipartisan bill expanding food security priorities and the ability to build capacity for agricultural growth in developing nations. The signing was applauded by agricultural and global development sectors during the White House Summit on Global Development, which was held on the same day as the signing. Read more »

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Federal GMO food-labeling law passed

By Michael Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee

August 29, 2016 – President Obama signed a Federal labeling law at the end of July nullifying the Vermont law that took effect on July 1 (See GMO food labeling set to take effect, Taking Stock D.C., April 26, 2016). The law directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure system. Read more »

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NSF requests feedback on strategic plan

August 29, 2016 – The National Science Foundation is beginning the process of updating its Strategic Plan. As part of that process, the Foundation invites feedback on the Vision, Core Values, Strategic Goals and Strategic Objectives described in the current NSF Strategic Plan, located at http://www.nsf.gov/about/performance/strategic_plan.jsp. Read more »

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Tolleson awarded Extension Award

By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

asas_western4417E32147D9August 25, 2016 – Dr. Doug R. Tolleson was named the recipient of the 2016 Extension Award by the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS), during its annual meeting last month in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more »

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Cooke receives Young Scientist Award

By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

asas_western4417E32147D9August 25, 2016 – Dr. Reinaldo F. Cooke was named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scientist Award by the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS), during its annual meeting last month in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more »