About This Issue . . .
It’s hard to believe, but March is almost here. Is spring in the air? Well, unfortunately for most of the country, the answer is no. However, hope springs eternal, and that’s a great reason to look ahead with optimism and enthusiasm. In this issue of The Animal Science Monitor, we’re prepared to do just that, starting with the first installment in our “Connecting You” series, which looks at the Equine Science Society. In addition, we have “Upcoming Events in the Animal Science Industry” and the “Video Link of the Month.” Speaking of hope, we hope that you enjoy this issue of The ASM and that spring arrives before we know it. Because that’s just about enough of the snow, thank you.
– Dan and Don
Things are Getting Better (And Worse)
(By Dan Simmons, CPC and Don Hunter)
Very soon the ASM will publish its’ 100th issue and we are very thankful for the kind words we hear from our readers. We try to keep articles timely, helpful, interesting and seldom controversial. We will maintain this overall approach through our next 100 issues.
As you probably know we are professional recruiters and keep our eyes on the employment numbers (which have improved while you have read this sentence), the business climate (which seems to be improving) and the overall situation of our country. Recently we found an interesting website that provides continually updated information on employment, money, trade, debt and other economic statistics. We found it quite interesting and invite you to check it out. Visit www.usdebtclock.org.
From this site you can see that (as of this writing) the nation is adding jobs and total personal debt is diminishing, but that personal savings is decreasing and government debt is rapidly increasing. Things are getting better and worse. The debt clock is just one of the tools we will continue to use to keep you abreast of news in the animal sciences, the employment situation and career development opportunities. Thanks for reading!
Dan Simmons and the MANC: an ASM Tradition
(By Matt Deutsch)
Once again, our very own Dan Simmons will be attending the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25. The site of the event will be the new Crowne Plaza-Baltimore, formerly the Holiday Inn Select-North Baltimore, in Timonium, Md. This marks the eighth year of existence for the annual conference, which offers numerous training and networking opportunities for those who attend.
Seaking of those who attend, they include students, professional nutritionists, consultants, government officials, university scientists, allied industry personnel, farmers, and ranchers. According to the MANC’s official website, the event is recognized as a premier educational event for the animal nutrition industry. Local, national, and international nutritionists share new, innovative, and practical research being conducted at universities, in industry, and at government institutions. Regulatory issues and future opportunities are discussed. The program is focused on poultry, dairy, and equine nutrition.”
On the first day, March 24, there will be a General Program and Danisco Animal Nutrition Symposium during the day and then a reception (hosted by Danisco Animal Nutrition) in the evening. The following day will be filled with Concurrent Programs and Poster Sessions, as well as Vendor Breaks, and of course, lunch. As we’ve mentioned many times before, attending industry events is a wise investment in your career, and as always, the MANC presents a great opportunity to make such an investment:
- Face-to-face networking allows you to open doors that you didn’t even know existed. You’d be surprised at the opportunities that arise as a result of this type of networking.
- It’s important to keep your skills honed and your knowledge of the industry up-to-date. The training sessions at the MANC can provide you with the information you need to help make 2010 a great year.
- By attending this conference, you can also add to your certification credentials. The meeting qualifies as 11 CEUs through the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).
The deadline for registering is Monday, March 15. The registration cost to attend the two-day event is $100. However, one-day registration for Thursday, March 25, is available for $65. For more information about the conference, or to sign up, visit http://www.manc.umd.edu or contact Kiera Finucane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Simmons and the MANC represent an Animal Science Monitor tradition, so don’t forget to meet with Dan in Maryland. In fact, email him in advance of the event at email@example.com to let him know you’ll be in attendance. He’ll be happy to see you there!
Connecting You: Equine Science Society
(By Matt Deutsch)
Welcome to the first installment of “Connecting You,” a new series of articles within The Animal Science Monitor newsletter. “Connecting You” will showcase a number of associations within the world of animal science and animal nutrition.
One such organization will be highlighted each month, usually in the second issue of that month. Our goal is to promote the organization, its website, its mission within the industry, and its upcoming events. We believe that giving exposure to these organizations will prove to be beneficial not only for them, but also for you – our readers.
This month’s organization
The Equine Science Society (http://www.equinescience.org)
From the organization’s constitution: “The objectives of this Society shall be to: (1) promote quality research on equine nutrition and physiology; (2) establish effective communication among researchers, teachers, extension and production personnel regarding equine nutrition and physiology; (3) periodic symposia; and (4) cooperate with other organizations having similar or related interests.”
2010 JAM Joint Annual Meeting – July 11-15 in Denver, Colo.
Fifth European Workshop on Equine Nutrition – September 20-22 in Cirencester, UK
2011 Equine Science Society Meeting – July 1-3, 2011 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
There are four levels of membership for the Equine Science Society – Voting Members, Corporate Members, General Members, and Student Affiliate Members. A Membership application form is located online at the organization’s website.
Read future issues of The Animal Science Monitor for more information regarding organizations within the animal science and animal nutrition industries.
Upcoming Events in the Animal Science Industry
At The Animal Science Monitor, we’re advocates of continuous education and the promotion of industry events such as conferences and conventions. The training and networking opportunities that exist at these events are extremely valuable and can pay dividends in a number of different ways. The ASM is pleased to highlight these upcoming industry events:
National Grain and Feed Association Annual Convention – The NGFA Convention always boasts a star-studded program, featuring top policymakers, substantive open forums, and outstanding general sessions exploring the most important issues facing the industry in the year ahead. The convention’s program sessions provide the information you need to operate and strategically position your business for success. The location of this year’s event is the Westin Maui Resort in Maui, Hawaii, and the dates are Wednesday, March 3, through Friday, March 5. Click here for more information.
2010 High Plains Dairy Conference – New at this year’s conference is a tour of area dairy and feedlot facilities on Wednesday, March 10. However, there is limited space available for the tour, so those who are interested should register as soon as possible. The location of this year’s event is The Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, Tex., and the dates are Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12. Click here for more information.
Midwest Poultry Federation Convention – This convention annually boasts over 300 booths on the exhibit floor and over 40 top-notch speakers from across the nation at a variety of workshops covering the latest hot topics for the turkey, egg, broiler, and organic/specialty poultry industries. The location of this year’s event is the St. Paul River Centre in St. Paul, Minn., and the dates are Wednesday, March 17, and Thursday, March 18. Click here for more information.
Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference – Among the topics to be addressed at this conference include “Metabolic Considerations for Immunity in Nutrition Cows,” Effect of Over-Supplementation of Trace Minerals on the Environment,” and The Nutritionist’s Checklist for Animal Health,” among many others. The location of this year’s event is the Hilton Arlington Hotel in Arlington, Tex., and the dates are Monday, April 12, and Tuesday, April 13. Click here for more information.
If there’s an industry event that you believe we should promote through our newsletter, please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing The ASM ‘Video Link of the Month’
February, We at The Animal Science Monitor like to highlight one of the Super Bowl ads as our “Video Link of the Month” (provided that a reader hasn’t submitted a video link, that is). Of course, that ad almost always has to do with animals, animal science, or the world of employment, and that’s the case again this year.
Budweiser has traditionally run advertisements during the Super Bowl that feature or have to with animals, and this time around the company has crafted a clever, heartwarming tale about a colt and a calf. This ad has almost nothing to do with beer and everything to do with the bonds of friendship, which made it one of the favorites among viewers of the big game earlier this month between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. Click here in order to see the ad, which is our Video Link of the Month” for February.
Also, remember that we’re currently accepting submissions for this feature, which will typically run in the last issue of the month throughout the year. These videos can be humorous in nature or they can pertain to a university or organizational production regarding research or development. Above all, of course, submitted video links must deal with animals or animal science.
You can send your links to email@example.com. As always, The ASM staff reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.
Coming up in the Next Issue . . .
The next issue of The Animal Science Monitor is the 100th of the newsletter’s existence! What do we have in store for this special issue of The ASM? We’re not going to tell you! Okay, we admit, that doesn’t exactly seem fair, but what would life be like without surprises every once in a while? At the very least, the issue will be chock full of the good stuff you’ve come to expect from us . . . with maybe some celebratory elements thrown in for good measure.
The next issue of The Animal Science Monitor is scheduled for publication on Tuesday, March 9.