August 11, 2014

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Russia bans imports of U.S. ag products

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Aug. 6 a one-year retaliatory ban on a significant number of U.S. agricultural products exported to Russia, including beef, pork, fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish and dairy products.

The ban also includes imports from the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway. The full list of banned products was released Aug. 7.

"This is clearly a political move. It is unfortunate that the biggest losers in this will be Russian consumers, who will pay more for their food now as well as in the long run," American Farm Bureau Federation president Bob Stallman said in a statement.

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Report maps world's dairy feeding systems

Gathering information from more than 65 countries across six continents and a number of production systems, a new report - "IDF/FAO/IFCN World Mapping of Animal Feeding Systems in the Dairy Sector" - compiles a large set of data on dairy animal feeding systems that will serve as a valuable resource for dairy processors, animal feed professionals, dairy farmers and their advisers and policy makers.

Animal feeding is the first step in the production of milk and, therefore, affects the rest of the production chain. Given its importance, three partner organizations, the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the IFCN Dairy Research Network (IFCN) collaborated and undertook complementary approaches to map dairy feeding systems in the world.

This mapping will provide a useful tool for projects aiming at reducing the carbon footprint of the dairy chain, looking at the impact of animal diets on milk composition and human health and nutrition, and also those influencing animal health and welfare and productivity, the announcement said.

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Could vaccinating cows solve Ebola?

By many estimates, an Ebola vaccine could be available for people as early as next year, but will it be the right one?

There are a number of vaccines in development and each is in a race to prove that it is most effective, safe and that it will protect the largest number of people.

One promising Ebola vaccine, based on a human rabies virus vaccine, was developed by Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This novel vaccine could not only help reign in the current epidemic in West Africa, but could be easily expanded and used if another filovirus strain started to spread.

The researchers also plan to develop the vaccine into the type of antibody serum therapy used in the first U.S. recipients in a platform that could deliver at least 2,000 doses of potentially life-saving serum per month, an announcement said.

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Research suggests buddy system helps dairy calves develop


In a study on the effects of housing types, Mississippi State University scientists found that dairy calves develop better when raised in pairs.

Stephanie Ward, a dairy management and nutrition scientist in the Mississippi State's Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station, said this research should provide insight for dairy farmers who practice grass-based dairying.

"Many dairy producers in the Southeast are moving towards grass-based dairying," Ward said. "As a result, farmers often group house calves. Understanding the impact of housing on calf-to-calf interaction, feed intake and health is crucial."

The research project looked at calves from birth to week 10. Researchers collected growth data, which included heart girth, wither girth, body weight and length, and hip width and height. They also assessed respiratory and fecal health scores during this time.

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ADSA and Related Happenings

FFAR Officers Announced

 It was announced on August 8th that officers for the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research have been selected.  Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will serve as Chairman of the FFAR Board of Directors and Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum will serve as Vice Chairman.  Glickman and Keenum were elected during the board's first meeting on August 7th.  FFAR is a non-profit foundation created by the 2014 Farm Bill to provide an additional mechanism to solicit funds to support food and agriculture research.  The Farm Bill includes $200 million in seed money for the foundation that will be used to match donations received to support research projects. 

MPP Educational Program Update
The launch of the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) is anticipated in about one month.  Although the formal release date by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is unknown, it is well understood that USDA is striving to honor the September 2014 deadline specified in the Agricultural Act of 2014. It also is not known when the enrollment period will begin, or end, relative to the publication of the final rule, but it is a safe bet that the enrollment will begin in September, probably early September and that farmers will have ample time to make an enrollment decision. Thus, while we might not know precise dates, we will be in the thick of it soon.


The faculty for the National Program on Dairy Markets and Policy have been working on a variety of educational materials, in addition to the tool itself. As previously announced, they have decided to not release draft materials prior to the publication of the final rule, but they anticipate being able to release a wide selection and variety of materialsvery shortly afterwards.They will be posting information on the DMaP website, with MPP---Dairy specific information beginning at the URL and on . From these pages, you will have access to the tool itself, as well as educational materials that will include videos and downloadable documents. The educational library will include short formats to provide a quick overview of various topics and longer formats that offer more detail. In addition to basic information about the MPP---Dairy program and the decision tool, there will be information to help producers think about their particular risk profile and the variety of options that are available for financial risk management. The farmdoc Farm Bill Toolbox has some materials concerning the MPP but also a host of informative articles and tools related to other new programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014. (Source:National Program on Dairy Markets and Policy)

S-PAC continues to grow
We are pleased to announce the addition of proceedings from the

2014 Florida Dairy Production Conference and the 2013 USAHA Annual Meeting to S-PAC.  There are currently 497 proceedings from 55 conferences available to subscribers.  You can check the complete list by clicking here.  If you are not currently a subscriber, now is a great time to become one.


ADSA® on Linked In continues to grow

Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow.  We now have 1,014 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to network with other dairy professionals from around the world.  Check it out here.


Early Registration Reminder

 The 28th ADSA DISCOVER Conference on Food Animal Agriculture: Starch for Ruminants (Dairy and Beef Cattle) will be held October 6-9, 2014 at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center in Naperville, IL. Early

Registration Deadline is September 6, 2014

To register, or for more information, click here.

Note: registration is limited to the first 130 registrants. Registration fees increase by $100 after September 6. 

Dates to Note:

Aug 25-29, 2014   -  European Association for Animal Production (EAAP) Annual Meeting *,
Copenhagen, Denmark For more information click here

Aug 25-29, 2014   -   9th International Ruminant Reproduction Symposium (9th RRS), Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro, Obihiro City, Hokkaido, Japan For more information please click here

Aug. 27, 2014   -   Artisan/Farmstead Food Safety Workshop, Ithaca, NY,  Innovation Center for US Dairy, hosted by American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Cornell University For more information and registration visit:  and scroll down to the event.

Sept. 7-9, 2014  -  NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Association Annual Fall Meeting, Sagamore on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY. Contact Janene Lucia 607-255-2892

Sept 8-12, 2014   -  Joint ISNH/ISRP International Conference   - : Harnessing the Ecology and Physiology of Herbivores, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia.  For more information, click here

Sept. 16-18, 2014   -  NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY. For more information click here

Sept. 17 - 18, 2014  -  75th Annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference*, Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel, Prior Lake, MN For more information click here

Sept 18 - 20, 2014  -  American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference,* in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  For more information click here.

Sept. 23-25, 2014  -   Cultured Dairy Products Short Course, Food Science Building,University Park, Pennsylvania, for more information visit

Sept 30-Oct 4, 2014  -  World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI.  For more information click here

Oct. 6-8, 2014   -   11th International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, Aarhus, Denmark. For more information click here.


Oct 6-9, 2014  -  28th Discover Conference on Food Animal Agriculture - Starch for Ruminants, Northern Illinois University Conference Center, Naperville, IL, for more information click here


Oct. 8-9, 2014  -  Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference*, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information click here


Oct.14-16, 2014  -   High Temperature Short Time(HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Click here for the Course Syllabus. For more information contact Steve Murphy 607-255-2893 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892

Oct 16-22, 2014   -  U.S. Animal Health Association 118th Annual Meeting*, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center. For more information click here


Oct. 18-25, 2014   -  American Dairy Goat Association Annual Meeting & Convention, DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland, Maine. For more info, call 828-286-3801 or click here.

Oct 21-23, 2014   -  CornellNutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers *, for more information click here

Oct 21-23, 2014  -  Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Food Science Building, University Park, PA, for registration and more information click here

Oct 27, 2014   -   Vat Pasteurization Workshop, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information and registration
click here

Oct 28-29, 2014   -  Basic Cheese Making Workshop, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information and registration
click here

Nov. 4, 2014  -
  Artisan/Farmstead Food Safety Workshop, Kansas City, MO,Innovation Center for US Dairy, hosted by Midwest Dairy Association and Dairy Practices Council For more information and registration visit:  and scroll down to the event.

Nov 10-13, 2014   -  The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course, Penn State University, Food Science Building, University Park, PA, for registration and more information click here

Nov. 12-13, 2014   -  Pennsylvania Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Holiday Inn, Grantville, PA, For more information, click here.

Nov, 13-14, 2014   -  DCRC (Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council) Annual Meeting. Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, UT. For more information click here.

Jan. 4-10, 2015 - Ice Cream Short Course, The Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA, For more information visit


Jan. 24-25, 2015 - Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Dessert, Food Science Building, University Park, PA.  For more information visit


Mar 23-26, 2015    NIAA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN For more information click here


Mar 30-Apr 1, 2015   2015 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Annual Meeting*, Madison, WI For more information click here.


Mar 30 - Apr 3, 2015    From Waste to Worth: Advancing Sustainability in Animal Agriculture- Seattle, WA. For more information  click here.


July 12-16, 2015    2015 ADSA- ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)*, Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL. For more information click here


June 20-24, 2016  13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For more information click here


*An S-PAC Partner Conference

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Kent Feeds

Grande Cheese Co.

Danisco USA Inc

Land O'Lakes Inc

Kraft Foods

GEA Farm Technologies (Westfalia/Surge)

Prince Agri Products

Novus International

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