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Foundation active at Midwest

March 26, 2015 - The ASAS Foundation helped make many events, awards and scientific symposia possible during the 2015 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here is a snapshot of Foundation-funded activities:

Student Events and Awards

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Creating the classroom of the future

March 26, 2015 - The ASAS Foundation is an active supporter of Innovate 2015, to be held May 31-June 2 in Braselton, Ga. The theme of this year’s program is “Innovations in Education: An Animal Science Curriculum for the 21st Century.” The Foundation provides financial assistance, making it possible for attendees to gain new ideas for improving the classroom environment of animal science students. Read more


Foundation puts science into young hands

March 26, 2015 - A new issue of Jr. Animal Scientist is arriving in the mailboxes of Jr. Animal Scientist members across the country. Jr. Animal Scientist membership currently stands at about 500! The Foundation provides key support dollars for this program.

The March 2015 issue is all about “The sound of music,” and how animals respond to it. One of the articles takes a look at the impact of sounds, like orchestra music, on the digestive responses of sheep. Current Foundation Trustee and Foundation Donor Dr. Dave Ames conducted this research 4o years ago, so it came as a bit of a surprise to be asked about it recently.

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Recent Articles


New NRC animal science report

March 26, 2015 - The launch of a new animal science report from the National Research Council is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at 4 p.m. (EDT) in the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C.

The report, entitled The Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability, identifies areas of research and development, technology, and resource needs for research in the field of animal agriculture, both nationally and internationally. Read more »

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Calendar of events

Mark your calendars!

Here is a list of upcoming agricultural and animal science events that you may want to attend. Read more »


Highlights of Harlan Ritchie Symposium

Invited speakers at the Harlan Ritchie Symposium at the ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting tackled the symposium’s theme: Have we entered a new era in beef production?

Dr. Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University, began the symposium with an overview of “Trends to watch in cattle nutrition.” He identified eight important trends, including: cost pressure drives consolidation, rapidly growing world population and greater demand for meat, feed price volatility, corporate and consumer interest in how cattle are raised and what they are fed, continued development of feeds with enhanced nutrient characteristics, better understanding of microbial population and effects on nutrition, genomic information will drive improved management, and changing geography of where cattle are fed. Dr. Lardy addressed the students in the audience, who he said are entering a very exciting and dynamic time in the industry. “I really want you to focus on how you think these trends will impact what you do in the future,” he said.

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Thank you sponsors!

March 23, 2015 - The success of the scientific program, events and awards at the ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors!

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Microbiologist Qingzhong Yu examines recombinant Newcastle disease virus vaccine candidates in infected cells.

New vaccine to fight poultry diseases

By Sandra Avant, ARS Public Affairs Specialist

A vaccine that protects chickens against two infectious poultry diseases has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.

Microbiologist Qingzhong Yu and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, Georgia, created a vaccine that is effective against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) and Newcastle disease (ND). ILT and ND are two of the most economically important infectious diseases of poultry. They cause sickness and death in domestic and commercial poultry as well as in some wild birds throughout the world. Read more »