August 18, 2014

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Record first half for U.S. beef and pork exports

For the first half of 2014, U.S. pork and beef exports set record pace with June totals coming in strong, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Despite intense competition, U.S. pork performing well in Asia

U.S. pork exports in June pencil amount to 181,531 mt., up 7% from a year ago, while export value increased 25% to $585.1 million. In the first half of 2014, pork export volume at 1.15 million mt. and value of $3.4 billion achieved new record level.

Pork export value per head was an all-time high $72.24 in June, up $15 from a year ago. The percentage of U.S. production exported was 25% for muscle cuts and 29% when including both muscle cuts and variety meat - up from 24% and 28%, respectively, in June 2013.

With European pork absent from the Russian market for the past six months due to an impasse over African swine fever, competition has intensified in key Asian markets. But U.S. pork still achieved first-half increases in South Korea and Japan.

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FDA finds positive, negative trends in antimicrobial resistance

The Food & Drug Administration released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) "2011 Executive Report" Aug. 11, showing both increasing and decreasing antimicrobial resistance trends.


NARMS was established in 1996 as a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to track antibiotic resistance in foodborne bacteria. The Executive Report summarizes data previously released by each of the three agencies.


The annual NARMS Executive Report focuses on resistance to antibiotics that are considered important in human medicine as well as multidrug resistance (described as resistance to three or more classes of antibiotics). Under the NARMS program, samples are collected from human, food-producing animals and retail meat sources, and tested for certain bacteria, specifically non-typhoidal salmonella, campylobacter and enterococcus, to determine whether such bacteria are resistant to various antibiotics used in human and veterinary medicine, FDA said. The report also includes data on Escherichia coli found in retail meat and chicken.

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Ag scrutinized after Toledo water crisis

The city of Toledo, Ohio, recently faced a serious water crisis during the first weekend of August and banned the use of city water for any purpose - including drinking, bathing, cleaning and food preparation - due to a high level of the toxin microcystin, which was most likely caused by algal blooms in Lake Erie.

The mayor of Toledo lifted the ban Aug. 4 after new water quality tests indicated that the microcystin level had dissipated, but the issue is far from over, and most of the blame is being placed on runoff from agricultural operations in the surrounding areas.

"In the aftermath of the Toledo water crisis, our industry is expected to be highly scrutinized for the role it plays in this problem," said Chris Henney, Ohio AgriBusiness Assn. president and chief executive officer.

Past research on the issue found that intense spring rainstorms and runoff events result in large levels of phosphorus washing into western Lake Erie, which then fuels rampant algae growth.

A team of University of Michigan researchers and colleagues from eight other institutions explored factors that may have contributed to the event and analyzed the likelihood of future massive blooms in the lake, which they expect to happen.

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USDA strengthens procedures for detecting unsafe ground beef


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from recurring. The changes being announced August 13 build on other initiatives the agency has instituted this summer to improve the safety of ground beef, including a proposed requirement that retailers keep records of their ground beef source suppliers and new laboratory methods the agency is using to test these products for multiple pathogens at one time.

"A critical component of preventing foodborne illness is quickly identifying sources of contamination and removing unsafe products from store shelves," said Brian Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety.  "The expedited traceback procedures being announced today will allow FSIS to take action more quickly, which will make a significant difference in food safety investigations and in preventing foodborne illnesses."

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ADSA and Related Happenings

Pioneers in Dairy Science is Back

Join the ADSA Graduate Student Division for the next installment of the Pioneers in Dairy Science webinar seriesFeatured speakers will provide a historical perspective of how their professional work has shaped modern day Dairy Science. As an added bonus, the webinar has been approved for one (1) ARPAS CEU!

August 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm CDT
Dairy Extension-Looking Back to Looking Ahead

Dr. Michael Hutjens

REGISTER HERE for the upcoming webinar by Dr. Hutjens.  The program will focus on how dairy extension has changed in 40 years and where it may be in 2020; emphasizing the role and changes in dairy production as students look ahead at careers in this area, as well as needs by the dairy industry.

A recording of the webinar will be made available following the live event, and can be found on the GSD Pioneers in Dairy Science webpage. Be sure to check out the most recent webinar posted by Dr. Kathy Soder titled "Pasture-based Dairy Research: The Past, Present and Future".


ADSA® on Linked In continues to grow

Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow.  We now have 1,017 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. 20, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. CDT   Pioneers in Dairy Science webinar - Dairy Extension - Looking Back to Looking Ahead, click here to register.

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 12-14, 2014 - The Dairyland Initiative Workshop - Stoney Creek Inn, La Crosse, WI.
 - Nov 12: Improving Calf Barn Air Quality through Positive Pressure Tube Systems and Barn Design
 - Nov 13: Positive Pressure Tube Design for Ventilation & Heat Abatement of Milking Center Holding Areas
 - Nov 14: Planning New & Remodeling Existing Housing for Dairy Cows
For more information, check the online brochure, for online registration 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

If your organization's conference isn't among the ever growing list that contribute proceedings and presentations to S-PAC®, ask your conference organizer to contact Ken Olson for more information about the benefits of participation.

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Diamond V Mills Inc

Kent Feeds

Grande Cheese Co.

Danisco USA Inc

Land O'Lakes Inc

Kraft Foods

GEA Farm Technologies (Westfalia/Surge)

Prince Agri Products

Novus International

BioZyme Inc.

Ag Processing Inc.

Darling International Research

Performance Products, Inc.

MIN-AD, Inc.

Quali Tech

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Swedish Univ. of Agri. Sciences


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