AETA President’s Report – Spring 2019

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Published on: April 17, 2019

By Dr. Matt Iager, 2019 AETA President

Greetings to you from AETA. As spring business gears up, don’t forget to take time to interact with friends and family and thank the farmers and ranchers who provide the avenue for our services.

AETA has been busy focusing and planning for a fun and successful 2019! In January, IETS hosted a great conference in New Orleans and expressed their gratitude to affiliate organizations, such as ours. AETA is strongly poised as a leader in our industry. We are very fortunate in our current financial position, goals for our organization, membership involvement, and relationships to allied industries. However, with every organization, we realize our fruitfulness was achieved by many hard-working individuals working for the good of each member, so complacency is never an option.

In March, our Board of Directors met at the convention site in Colorado Springs for our winter board meeting. We made plans for the year and are excited about the many achievements made by each committee, along with ideas to inspire new progress for our committees. We are also very proud and thankful for the many AETA members that volunteer their time and talents to serve these important roles. It’s never too late to volunteer, so please reach out to me or the committee chairs to let us know your interests.

Our social media has been extremely active with over 1,500 Facebook “likes” on the AETA page and over 7,000 individuals being reached in the last 30 days about our posts and promotion. Be sure to “like” AETA on Facebook! We also hope you enjoy the advertising in national breed magazines and also the exposure on the Internet, via webcast, blogs, and news posts from various organizations, all of which continue to brand AETA’s relevance and importance in today’s technology.

The convention committee is finalizing topics and speakers for the convention. You can be sure this convention will be special and memorable. The social events will take place at the resort, which is incredibly tasteful, with a lake, beach area, and Cheyenne Mountain directly adjacent to the resort hotel. The research committee is hosting a poster contest at this year‘s convention, so be sure to look for more information about this new opportunity!

We look forward to the 2019 AETA & CETA joint annual convention, October 24–26, in beautiful Colorado Springs. I would like to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve AETA and look forward to seeing you in Colorado!

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