Robynne Anderson, Secretariat to the International Agri-Food Network
At some moments in the discussion of the next set of global development goals, the conversations have seemed at risk of leaving out the most basic human needs. However, it seems clear now that agriculture and food will make the top of the list for the United Nations.
The co-chairs of the United Nations discussion of Sustainable Development Goals, have listed poverty eradication number one and sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition clustered right behind it as focus area number two. These discussions should shape global development work until 2030 as the replacement for the current Millennium Development Goals. Read more
We would like to welcome Justin Bartlett to ASAS as our newest Program Director. Justin joins us from the National Council of Teachers of English, where he worked as a membership and customer service director.
As a Program Director for ASAS, Justin’s responsibilities will include membership retention and recruitment, meeting logistics, and serving the ASAS membership in many other capacities. We hope that you will help us welcome Justin to the ASAS staff. We are certainly glad to have him on board.
Justin is located in our headquarters office in Champaign, IL. He can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 217-356-9050, ext. 121.
Prepping for a JAM Meeting, any annual meeting, takes the membership, volunteers, leadership and the staff about 18 months, even longer if you count site selection. When we first start working on a meeting, it seems so far away. Now with just a little over 3 months until JAM 2014, things in the office kick into high gear.
There is a special buzz this year in office for JAM 2014 – we have really worked hard to make it better than ever. First and foremost is the science – I have personally attended either the individual society meetings (ASAS, ADSA, and PSA) or the JAM since 1995 and I have been involved in planning JAM since 2006, and I can say bar none – this is our best scientific program to date. We had an amazing membership and committee response to the call for symposia and the combination of veteran overall programming committee members Dean Hawkins and Geoff Dahl and new members Connie Larson and Barry Bradford – the JAM program has been elevated to the next level!
Add to this great response, direction added by working within a theme: Linking animal science and animal agriculture: Meeting the global demands of 2050, we have managed to pull together a JAM with enough variation to appeal to all the subsets of animal science but enough cohesion to draw our fields of study together! Read more
Tomorrow is the deadline to vote in the ASAS National Election.
Voting must be completed by April 18, 2014 by 11:59 PM CST.
As a member of the American Society of Animal Science, you have the opportunity to VOTE for President-Elect and three Directors-at-Large to serve on the Board of Directors of ASAS. The term of office for each will be three years. You also have the opportunity to VOTE for a Graduate Director to serve on the ASAS Board for a two-year term. Terms for these offices will begin at the conclusion of the 2014 JAM in Kansas City, July 20-24. Read more
Eden Prairie, Minn. (April 15, 2014) Beef cattle are naturally adept at hiding signs of weakness, and as a result, lameness prevalence in beef cattle is often underestimated.
We see people that come out and say, We don’t have issues with lameness. But generally speaking if you say that, youre not looking, said Dan Thomson, DVM, and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. The experiences from veterinary school and veterinary practice prove that you miss more by not looking than by not knowing.
Thomson said that it takes getting out with the crews and spending the time to watch the animals to see whats really going on. Read more