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U.S. MARC: An essential contributor to feeding the future

By ASAS Public Policy Committee

We have all heard that the world population is expected to increase from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion by 2050. In addition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that there will be a 73% increase in global meat consumption by 2050 (1). Research on animal genetics, disease prevention, and pathogen detection will be important for ensuring a sufficient supply of animal-sourced foods to meet the increased global demand for these products in the future. Read more


More funds for NIH, but with strings attached

By Teresa A. Davis, ASAS Public Policy Committee Member

After more than a decade of flat funding, the National Institutes of Health may be getting stronger support from lawmakers. On June 23, a Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a bill to increase the NIH budget by $2 billion to $32 billion. Although the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved a lower figure of a $1.1 billion raise on June 24, both bills exceed the $1 billion increase proposed by the Obama administration. Read more

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House Subcommittee Approves FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

By Lowell Randel, FASS Science Policy Director

June 29th, 2015 – 
On June 18th, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee met to take action on agriculture appropriations for fiscal year 2016. The bill considered by the subcommittee provides $20.65 billion in discretionary funding, which is $175 million lower than fiscal year 2015. When funding for mandatory programs is included, the overall bill totals $143.9 billion. Read more

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Leveraging Innovation to Feed the Future

By Deb Hamernik and Penny Riggs, ASAS Public Policy Committee

In May 2015, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a report, “Leveraging Innovation to Feed the Future.” The report describes current challenges to the global food system and recommends specific actions for the United Stated to double investments in agricultural and food research over the next 10 years. Read more »

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Tiffany Hebb joins policy interns on Capitol Hill

June 29, 2015 – Tiffany Hebb is a graduate student at Tuskegee University but a native of Washington, D.C. Being raised in the D.C. metropolitan area, Hebb had no prior experience with agriculture.  In fact, she initially believed majoring in animal sciences meant studying companion or laboratory animals. Read more »


Hall receives WSASAS Extension Award

June 26, 2015 – Dr. John B. Hall transforms research discoveries into applications for producers and has made outstanding contributions in animal science extension. Hall was awarded the Extension Award on June 25 at the Western Section ASAS meetings in New Mexico. Read more »


NMSU’s Ryan Ashley receives WSASAS Young Scientist Award

June 26, 2015 – Dr. Ryan Ashley has been a faculty member at New Mexico State University for only five years. Nevertheless, his excellence in animal science research, scholarship and service reach far beyond his years. Read more »

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Ahola awarded for excellence in teaching

June 26th, 2015 – Dr. Jason Ahola is an Associate Professor of Beef Production Systems at Colorado State University (CSU). His outstanding student education efforts earned him this year’s WSASAS Distinguished Teacher Award. The honor recognizes the teaching accomplishments of dedicated animal science educators in the Western Section of ASAS. Read more »