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Update on policies regarding antibiotic-resistant bacteria

By Casey Bradley, ASAS Public Policy Committee

December 2014 marks the end of year one (of three) for the voluntary removal of antibiotics used for growth promoting or feed efficiency properties in food animals set forth by the FDA’s Guidance for Industry (GFI) #213 [i]. Additionally, in September the President issued an Executive Order [ii] directing key Federal departments and agencies to take action to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But what does this mean for animal agriculture and scientists? Read more

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Midterm elections have direct impact on agriculture

By Walt Smith, FASS Science Policy Director
The recent midterm elections have not only brought change to our nation’s capitol, but directly to the Congressional committees with oversight of agriculture. Of specific interest to those in animal agriculture are the Agriculture Committees and the Agriculture Appropriations Committees.

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Attend next “Snack and Fact” briefing

The next “Snack and Fact” briefing is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2014, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C. It will focus on the topic of using non-traditional meat animals to meet global food needs.

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1944 letter: How to further scientific research?

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

On November 17, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote a letter to Vannevar Bush, head of the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD). The OSRD was the wartime agency for science mobilization. Read more »


Rush D. Holt to lead AAAS

Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., who will retire from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his eighth term, has agreed to join the world’s largest general scientific organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. Read more »


2014 Saddle & Sirloin Gallery inductee honored

Having your portrait hung in the Saddle & Sirloin Club Portrait Collection in Louisville, Ky., is one of the most prestigious honors an animal agriculturist can receive. This year’s honor went to Minnie Lou Bradley, a distinguished livestock industry leader and a woman of many “firsts” at Oklahoma State University.

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Climate change survey has a message for animal scientists

According to a survey by Purdue and Iowa State universities, farmers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes. The results also suggest just how important it is to translate data in ways that are relevant to a general audience. Read more »

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New collaborative study yields solutions to fescue toxicity

By Sandra Avant, USDA-ARS

The seedheads of tall fescue, a cool-season perennial grass used for grazing and hay production, may be the most appetizing part of the plant to cattle, but they are also the most toxic. Read more »