Public Policy

The ASAS Public Policy Committee was formed in 2009. The purpose of the committee is to help ASAS shape public policy and public opinion on current issues affecting farm animals and companion animals. In 2010, members of the committee began meeting with representatives from federal agencies (USDA APHIS, USDA NIFA, EPA, FDA CVM, USAID) to build relationships. The goal of these meetings is to make federal agencies aware of the scientific expertise and resources available within ASAS that could be used to develop science-based federal policies affecting poultry and livestock production.

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Communicating animal science to policymakers 11-9-15, 2.04 PM from ASAS on Vimeo.

ASAS "Snack and Fact" Briefings

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ASAS Grand Challenges

The Grand Challenge documents were prepared to clearly articulate our priorities, to provide science-based information for shaping public policy, and to enhance future funding for research and education programs in animal science.

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ASAS Science Policy Internship

This internship provides experience for undergraduates or graduate students in legislative, regulatory, or administrative science policy activities in Washington, D.C. that affect animal science and animal agriculture to enhance their careers in academia or industry.

ASAS Policy Statements

Public policy statements adopted by the American Society of Animal Science. 
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Public policy statements from agricultural societies:
Crop Science Society of America GMO statement

Public Policy Committee comments on dietary guidelines

May 25, 2015 - The ASAS Public Policy Committee submitted comments regarding the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Letters of support signed onto by ASAS

Useful Links

National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research
American Association for the Advancement of Science
House Committee on Agriculture
Senate Agriculture Committee
U.S. House Farm Bill
U.S. Senate Farm Bill