November 30, 2005 Meeting

A Board of Directors meeting was held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, November 30, 2005. Present were: Ken Stalder, Steve Moeller, Pramod Mathur, Max Rothschild, Archie Clutter, Rick Pfortmiller, Tom Long, Phil Dorn, Dale Miller, and Joe Cassady.

President Stalder called the meeting to order. The minutes of the May 27, 2005 meeting were discussed and the decision on approval was deferred until the Board of Directors meeting on December 2, 2005.

Old Business:

Secretary-Treasurer Moeller provided the attendees with a fiscal update for the period from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005. Total income from sponsorship, conference registration, and membership for the year was $16,335.36. Expenses for the year, including costs associated with the Annual Conference ($21,779.40) and operational costs were ($2196.28) for a sum of $23,975.68. Operations net worth change from FY2004 was -$7662.12 with a balance of $5,042.56. Operational receipts, invoices, and bank statements were transferred to the audit committee (Dale Miller and Tom Baas) for review. Limited discussion regarding the financial status of the organization continued. Key points of discussion were the extra costs incurred in response to the invitation of speakers from outside the United States, the financial support provided by the Iowa State University, Lauren L. Christian Endowment fund, and the costs associated with general operations. Consensus was that, while overall assets of the operation were reduced due to increased costs, the additional costs were justified. In addition, the consensus was that the targeted goals to maintain a steady balance or slightly increase the organizational funds were appropriate. Moved by Max Rothschild and seconded by Joe Cassady to accept the treasurer's report. Motion passed.

New Business:

Board of Directors: Terms ending with the 2005 Conference and Annual Meeting were: President (outgoing Ken Stalder), Vice President (outgoing Harold Hodson), At-Large Director (outgoing Gordon Jones), Breeding Companies (outgoing Tom Long), Swine Breed Associations (outgoing Rick Pfortmiller and Bruce Zierke). Board members were encouraged to caucus and provide names for nomination of future Officers and Directors. In addition, it was decided that for Ex-Officio Member Max Rotshchild (current NC-1004 representative) would more closely and appropriately be representing the NSRP-8 genomics research group. The change in affiliation will be noted in 2005-2006 NSIF Directors role.

Committee Reports:

Ken Stalder reported for Tom Baas that the suggested dates for Ultrasound Certification Education and Evaluation were suggested as either the week of May 8 or May 15, 2006 in Ames. The group was reminded that the 2006 Certification Conference would be the first full conference since the decision was made to offer training every other year rather than annually. Discussion regarding suggested dates resulted in the recommendation that the conference should be held the week of May 15, 2006 to accommodate academic calendars.

Fact Sheet:
Ron Bates reported progress toward completion of the NSIF factsheets on Molecular Techniques, Inheritance, and Genes and Genetic Markers. Progress to date indicated that the first factsheet, Chromosomes and DNA, would be ready for review by March 2006. Discussion regarding artwork, figures, and schematics needed for the factsheets was led by Ron Bates. The costs associated with developing factsheet figures was a concern. In addition it was suggested by Max Rothschild that USDA materials are public access and can be used with proper citation. Ron will continue to develop the materials with the assistance of Cathy Ernst at MSU. The committee is still seeking an author for the 'third' fact sheet, Marker-Assisted Selection, as well as reviewers for the two under development. Max Rothschild volunteered to serve as a reviewer for the first molecular genetics factsheet that is expected to be completed in March of 2006.

A brief discussion regarding the incorporation of the current NSIF factsheets into the Pork Information Gateway (PIG) that is under development through the USDA, Land-Grand Institutions, and the National Pork Board. Previous NSIF Board of Directors recommendations were to move the factsheets into PIG as long as the authors and original sourcing were maintained. PIG is expected to be released in June 2006.

Board of Directors members discussed the lack of progress on the revision to the NSIF Guidelines. Time and priorities definitely play a role. Concerns and discussion regarding the validity of materials included in the Guidelines ensued. It was suggested by Max Rothschild that the materials (adjustments, formulas, etc) have a notation added with regard to source and or population measures for users given the tremendous changes that are occurring in the genetic improvement realm. The Board Members agreed. In addition, there was a suggestion to have a critical review and reduction in the size and or scope of the Guidelines through removal of extraneous, non-genetic, or no longer relevant materials. This issue will be brought to the attention of the Guidelines Committee Chair Todd See.

Steve Moeller reported that there were 28 paid memberships in FY2004 - 2005. This number fluctuates between 26 and 32 depending on the given year. Realizing the focus and the membership in NSIF is going to continue to fluctuate due fundamental changes in the genetics industry, the group discussed the impact of and purpose of NSIF. The general consensus was that NSIF should continue to serve as a forum for gathering scientists from academia, genetic organizations, and to the extent possible, individual breeders that seek and need information. The symposium should continue to be a focus for gathering those individuals interested in genetic improvement. In addition, as the NSIF structure changes, membership dues should be reflected to more closely represent added costs found in hosting the symposium. It was suggested that the officers consider an incremental adjustment to membership dues and also consider a price break for attendance at the symposium to offset or at least slightly counter the projected added membership dues. Steve Moeller and Ken Stalder will continue this discussion and report back to the Board of Directors by May of 2006.

The issue of developing/restructuring the NSIF logo was brought to the table by Ken Stalder in response to an inquiry by Dale Miller in December, 2004. The group as a whole thought that the current logo needed to be updated to reflect 'modern' NSIF goals and or image. The term or the image of 'genetics' is lacking in the current logo, while being indirectly implied through the work 'improvement' and the image of the pig may need to be reworked. Consensus was to have Dale Miller work with his art director to start the process of developing the new logo. NSIF recognizes the time commitment may be considerable and will work with Dale Miller to move this topic forward at a pace that works for his group.

Steve Moeller reported that the National Hog Farmer Poster Series consisting of three, 'barn' posters were distributed to all dues paying members as a courtesy from NSIF. Twenty copies of each poster were supplied and a small number are still available for future distribution.

Web Maintenance:
Steve Moeller and Ken Stalder updated the group briefly on the status of the NSIF web page and the costs associated with upkeep and maintenance. The decision to not include S&S programming in the sponsorship category for the 2005 Conference was made by Ken Stalder and Steve Moeller after discussion of the situation. Further discussion regarding the role of S&S Programming, reflecting on the minutes of previous Board of Directors Minutes, will be initiated to fully understand the implications on future updates and sponsorship. Ken Stalder will report to the group following his follow-up inquiries.

Site Selection for the 2006 NSIF meetings:
Dates for the 2006 NSIF Symposium and Annual Meeting were discussed and the suggestion was to have the meeting on December 7 and 8, 2006 at a site to be determined. Suggestions from the Board of Directors were for the conference to be held in a 'Hub' city to reduce travel expenses. Various locations were discussed and the consensus for 2006 was between St. Louis, MO and Nashville, TN.

Max Rothschild moved to adjourn, seconded by Joe Cassady. Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steven J. Moeller
Secretary - Treasure

December 2, 2005 Meeting

A Board of Directors meeting was held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Friday, December 2, 2005. Present were: Ken Stalder, Steve Moeller, Tom Baas, Max Rothschild, Archie Clutter, Rick Pfortmiller, Tom Long, Phil Dorn, Dale Miller, Joe Cassady, Todd See, and Fields Gunsett.

Old Business:

President Stalder called the meeting to order. The minutes of the May 27, 2005 meeting were distributed prior the meeting and discussed. Motion to approve the minutes was put forth by Max Rothschild. A second to the motion was put forth by Ron Bates to approve May 27, 2005 Board of Director's minutes. Motion Passed.

New Business:

Steve Moeller distributed the minutes of the November 30, 2005 Board of Directors Meeting minutes. The attendees reviewed the minutes. One addition to the minutes was brought to the attention of the Secretary. Addition was to include Dale Miller as a member present at the November 30, 2005 meeting. A motion was put forth by Rick Pfortmiller to approve the minutes reflecting the addition of Dale Miller to the list of individuals in attendance. A second to approve the minutes was made by Joe Cassady. Motion passed.

Election of 2005-2006 Board of Directors and Officers:

Breeding Stock Companies Representative: Nomination of Scott Newman from PIC by Max Rothschild. A second Ron Bates.

At-Large Directors: Nomination of Scott Price, Ivey Swine Genetics by Dale Miller. A second by Todd See.

Breed Organizations Directors: Nomination of Darrell Anderson and Doug Stewart by Rick Pfortmiller. A second by Tom Baas.

President: Nomination of Joe Cassady by Max Rothschild. A second by Ron Bates.

Vice President: Nomination of Doug Newcom by Tom Baas. A second by Joe Cassady.

A motion to cease nominations was made by Max Rothschild. A second to the motion by Tom Long. Motion passed. A motion made by Max Rothschild to approve the Ballot of Director Candidates. A second to the motion by Ron Bates. Motion Passed.

Ken Stalder passed the president responsibilities to Joe Cassady.

Additional New Business:

Fact Sheets: Ron Bates brought to the attention of the group that the wording of the 2004 agreement with National Pork Board to move the NSIF factsheets to the Pork Information Gateway was not fully understood and may need to be revisited. The group discussion that followed came to the conclusion that there is a need for a formalized agreement with NPB regarding the use of the NSIF factsheets that will more clearly and emphatically require that a statement to the effect of "Originally published by the National Swine Improvement Federation' for purposes of acknowledgement to authors and the organization. It was decided that Todd See and Steve Moeller will work David Meisinger from the Pork Center of Excellence to reach this agreement using the template and agreement principles that are in place between Purdue (PIH) and NPB. A motion to direct authorization of the agreement was made by Max Rothschild. A second to the motion was made by Ken Stalder. Motion passed.

A motion to adjourn was made by Tom Long. A second to the motion was made by Ken Stalder. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steven J. Moeller
Secretary - Treasurer