The ASA Board of Trustees Met in Bozeman, Montana This Past Week.

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The ASA Board of Trustees Met in Bozeman, Montana This Past Week.

Front row left to right: Wade Shafer, Tom Nelson, Ryan Thorson, Randy Moody, Steve Eichacker, Barry Wesner
Back row left to right: Doug Parke, Tim Clark, Chad Cook, Kent Brunner, Maureen Mai, Laren Trauernicht, Victor Guerra, Joe Hensgens, Dr. Gary Updyke, Chris Ivie, Brandon Callis.
 
Here Are Updates From the Spring Board Meeting:
 
Golden Book Award Recipients:  EVP Wade Shafer, Bozeman MT, Scott Riddle, Simmental of Texas, Hubbard, Texas, and Gib Yardley, Yardley Cattle Company, Beaver, Utah. This year’s recipients as well as 2020 and 2021 recipients will be honored this August during Fall Focus. The August Register will highlight each recipient’s contributions.
 
ASA Lifetime Promoter Award: Kansas State Ag Science Department is the recipient of this year’s award. The August Register will highlight KSU’s contributions.
 
Stats and Measures/Financial Report. The main staple at every meeting to review and evaluation where we are today.
 
DNA/Neogen: Tom Schultz, Neogen Director of Marketing and Sales met with the ASA Board and Staff. A good discussion regarding Neogen’s services, communication between us, and their plan to improve the turn-around time. As many companies are currently experiencing, there is a shortage in employees which contributes to the longer turn-around time. Please continue to follow ASA’s recommendations for submitting your samples as early as possible.
DNA Fees: Check out the May/June Register for changes in some of the DNA fees. Neogen has increased fees which in turn ASA has increased fees, effective May 1, 2022.
 
Gene Editing. Watch for more information throughout this year. There will be a Rule change for the membership to vote on in December.
 
National and Regional Classics. We encourage any host state who is considering hosting a National or Regional Classic to contact staff as soon as possible. Our goal is to have commitments from three to five years in advance.
 
Regional and National Classics Alcohol Policy. There is a strict no-alcohol policy in place for juniors who attend any ASA event. This year will start with a policy that includes all who are attending Regional and/or National Classic events. There were several situations at the last National Classic which has caused concern for safety. Parents of juniors who have registered will be notified of this policy and a flyer will be included in each junior’s registration packet.
 
AJSA Board Restructure. The first stages to reduce the AJSA Board to 12 candidates with at-large selections have been completed. The juniors will be notified of the proposed restructuring to the AJSA Constitution and will vote at their annual meeting during the National Classic. 
 
Other Breed Female Registrations.  The fee to register females from other breeds will remain at $5.00.
 
 

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