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Entering an era of open access data

By Dr. Wendy Powers, ASAS Public Policy Committee

November 30, 2015 – I don’t know about you, but I am still in the process of thinking through open data and all of its attributes. On the one hand, it is exciting to think about accessing and using publically available data for innovative purposes! On the other hand, I am cautious about data ownership and misuse of data (even for scientific purposes), its consequences, and liability. Read more

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Save-the-date: Snack and Fact

Nov. 30, 2015 – The next “Snack and Fact” briefing is set for December 14 in Washington, D.C. The briefing will focus on the topic of “Communicating the Animal Sciences Effectively,” which is the subject of the July 2015 issue of Animal Frontiers. Read more


Policy committee speaks at FFAR public session

By Dr. Tameka Phillips, ASAS Public Policy Committee

November 30, 2015 – This past summer, members of the ASAS Public Policy Committee participated in a teleconference with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to discuss FFAR research target areas. The ASAS Public Policy Committee then wrote a letter to FFAR, providing comments regarding FFAR research priorities. In particular, the Committee requested that the Foundation incorporate improved plant and animal efficiency into its “sustainable agricultural systems” target area. The Committee also recommended an additional research priority (the application of current and cutting-edge technologies to plant and animal production systems). Read more

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Revised water policy statement available

November 30, 2015 – A revised copy of the ASAS policy statement “Preserving Water and Water Quality Associated with Livestock and Poultry Production” is now available. Five other updated policy statements also are available. They focus on international agricultural development, nutrition, biotechnologybioenergy alternatives, and climate change. For your convenience, a copy of the updated statement about water and water quality is provided below. Access all of the updated statements hereRead more »


AMSA launches new consumer website

November 23, 2015 – The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announces the launch of its new consumer website, Read more »


FDA approves genetically modified salmon

November 23, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the sale of genetically modified salmon in the U.S.

“The FDA has approved AquaBounty Technologies’ application for AquAdvantage Salmon, an Atlantic salmon that reaches market size more quickly than non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon,” the agency said in a statement released November 19, 2015.
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ASAS responds to annual meeting petition drive

Nov. 19, 2015 – As you may know, a petition has been circulated to the membership of American Society of Animal Science, Inc. (“ASAS”) requesting that the members submit a motion to the ASAS Board of Directors. Read more »


JAS realizes major accomplishments in 2015

Nov. 19, 2015 – What a difference 4 years makes! In January of 2012 the time to publication was right around 1 year! Authors were upset and reviewers were overwhelmed. Additional, we were on an antiquated platform without a clear technology oriented direction – JAS needed an overhaul. Read more »