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Innovate 2014 webinars now available

Did you miss Innovate 2014: Global Food Security? If so, you can still access all the great talks that took place Oct. 5-7, 2014, in Brainerd, MN.

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WTO rules against U.S. COOL meat labeling

According to Reuters, the United States faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico following a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling last week. In the ruling, the WTO said the U.S. has failed to bring its regulations for meat labeling, known as Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), in line with international trading rules. Read more


2014 Innovate Conference Focuses on Global Food Security

Oct. 13, 2014 (Champaign, IL). On October 5 – 7, more than 70 animal and meat scientists from 9 countries gathered at the 3rd annual Innovate Conference in Brainerd, Minn. The conference was designed to bring together global experts to identify the methodologies, technologies and collaborations needed to meet current and future food demands. Innovate 2014 was co-sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science and the American Meat Science Association. Read more

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2014 GAP Report: Ag productivity ‘not accelerating fast enough’

A new Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report) from the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) finds world agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet agricultural demand by 2050. Read more »


Feed the Future legislation introduced in Congress

By Mike Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee

Both the House and Senate introduced legislation in September that would authorize the Feed the Future Initiative. The bills were introduced before Congress left for recess.   Sponsors of the legislation hope that these bills will be further considered when the session resumes after the November election. Read more »


Do you love animals and science…. Apply here!

By Casey Bradley & Teresa Davis, ASAS Public Policy Committee

Editor’s Note: The ASAS Public Policy Committee endorses the content of this article.

Food security has always been a concern for human society. This is still a relevant concern and an important topic of discussion in today’s society as the world’s population is predicted to reach more than 9.5 billion by 2050. With this population growth, there will be a growing demand for animal protein that will continue to drive the need for more animal scientists. Read more »


Costs and consequences of research misconduct

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

Does it seem like the number of scientific articles that have been retracted has increased in recent years? Most retractions involve research misconduct, which is defined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.”  Read more »


USDA funding to reduce damage from feral swine

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

In April 2014, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) launched a new $20 million national program to help states reduce damage caused by feral swine or wild pigs. The aim of the program is to eliminate feral swine from two states every 3-5 years and stabilize the population of wild pigs within 10 years. Read more »