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ASAS responds to Mercy for Animals video

Champaign, Ill. (December 22, 2014)—The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) has issued the following statement in response to recent video footage1 – obtained by Mercy for Animals – depicting workers mistreating dairy cattle on a Wisconsin dairy farm. The video received substantial local, national and social media coverage.

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Legislative action: The next frontier?

An Editorial by Drs. Harold Hafs, Robert Zimbelman, and Louis Boyd

The editorial in the November 14, 2014 issue of Science (Volume 346; page 791) highlighted the major changes in Congress, with at least 62 new members arriving in January 2015, along with new staff. Few will be expert in science, and most will be consumed by major issues such as immigration, and Middle East, Asia, and Africa issues, etc. Read more


NAAAS: Voice of advocacy for animal sciences

By Lowell Randel, FASS Washington Representative

The National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science (NAAAS) was created in the summer of 2012 as an effort to provide a direct voice of advocacy for animal science in Washington, D.C. NAAAS was incorporated as a 501 (C)(6) organization, giving it the flexibility to engage in lobbying activities with Congress and the Administration. Read more


Effective science communication with Congress

By Kris Johnson, ASAS Public Policy Committee, and Walt Smith, FASS Washington Representative

Since the first days of our country, citizens have depended on their elected officials to represent them in Washington, their state capitols, courthouses and city halls. They put their trust in these officials to fight for the priorities, which are important to them, and to ensure the best possible outcomes on their behalf. Elected officials rely on their constituents to bring issues to their attention and assist them in making informed decisions on how to take action. Given the vast number and variety of issues policymakers must learn, it’s imperative that science advocates share their message as clearly and concisely as possible.

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Pursuing a unifying message…

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

A new report, “Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research as a National Priority” was released during an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on December 5, 2014. The report calls for a new, unified effort to achieve the ambitious goal of enhancing investments in and expanding the overall funding portfolio of food, agriculture and natural resources. According to the authors, “The self interest that often fragments the effectiveness of the agricultural research message must be set aside. The best chance for improving the research landscape is to work together.” Read more »


Congress Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations

By Lowell Randel, FASS Washington Representative

After intense debates about funding levels and policy riders, the House and Senate have come to agreement and passed a spending measure that will fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2015. While the bill garnered bipartisan support, it also had bipartisan opposition, leading to close votes in both chambers.

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Source: E. Wiklund

Rudolph can multi-task

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is in high demand this time of year, but his species may be able to do more than just guide Santa’s sleigh. Read more »

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ASAS makes connections in D.C.

On December 8, ASAS representatives met with various organizations and their representatives in Washington, D.C. The meetings were held in conjunction with the ASAS-hosted “Snack and Fact” briefing about non-traditional meat animals and their use as protein sources throughout the world. Read more »


Southern Section news

The 2015 ASAS Southern Section Meeting is January 31-February 3 in Atlanta, Ga.

The deadline for nominations for the Fontenot Appreciation Club Travel Award to this meeting has been extended to December 29, 2014. Read more »