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First global feed LCA guidelines released
The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) and European Compound Feed Manufacturers' Federation announced April 23 the official release of the "Global Feed Life Cycle Assessment" (LCA) guidelines developed by the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led Livestock Environmental Assessment & Performance Partnership (LEAP).
The three groups are founding members of LEAP, which aims to improve how the environmental impacts of the livestock industry are measured and assessed.
These groundbreaking global LCA guidelines are an essential step to help reduce the impact of livestock products on the environment, the organizations said.
"The guidelines provide practical and science-based recommendations to assess the environmental performance of feed supply chains. They carry an international scientific consensus based on the input of 20 international experts in the drafting process and a thorough international public review which took place ahead of this official release," said University California-Davis professor and former LEAP chairman Dr. Frank Mitloehner.
Ag to help cut GHG emissions
In a speech at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change.
Building on the creation of USDA's Climate Hubs last year, the new initiatives will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors.
The Secretary was joined at Michigan State by Brian Deese, senior advisor to the president, as well as agricultural producers and other private partners. Deese noted that last year, President Obama made a pledge to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Deese said that today's announcement will help the American agriculture and forest sectors contribute to that goal.
Vilsack said, "Through incentive-based initiatives, we can partner with producers to significantly reduce carbon emissions while improving yields, increasing farm operation's energy efficiency, and helping farmers and ranchers earn revenue from clean energy production."
UNL to break ground on new vet diagnostic center
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will break ground April 29 for a new Veterinary Diagnostic Center (VDC) on its East Campus in Lincoln, Neb.
VDC - Nebraska's only accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory - improves animal health through diagnostics and disease surveillance, protecting the state's livestock industry. The center also develops cutting-edge testing methods and supports food safety and biomedical research. It works with public health officials to diagnose animal diseases that can lead to human illnesses and processes samples submitted by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission to monitor and prevent the spread of wildlife diseases such as rabies and chronic wasting disease.
The center provides testing services to professionals and organizations across the nation and is considered a national center of excellence for testing of certain diseases in livestock.
Don Reynolds, director of the UNL School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said there is a great need for an updated facility.
Ideology obstructs climate policy
Congress has heard the "supermajority" consensus on the reality and causes of climate change, according to scientists from Texas A&M University, Idaho State University and the University of Oklahoma.
In a paper published in Climatic Change, the scientists suggest looking at business interests, partisan predispositions and political ideology for the hurdles to climate policy action.
"Different perceptions and claims among lawmakers are a major hurdle to agreeing on action to address global warming, and these were thought to simply reflect scientific uncertainty," lead author Xinsheng Liu said. "However, our findings show that congressional testimonies are, in fact, consistent with agreement in the climate science community and that the sources of controversies must lie elsewhere."
Liu and co-authors Arnold Vedlitz, James Stoutenborough and Scott Robinson found that despite Republican-controlled congresses in the U.S. being more likely to feature scientists with a skeptical view, the majority of experts called as witnesses still indicate that global warming and climate change are real and caused by human activity.
ADSA and Related Happenings
FASS Hosts Webinar on Role of Ag Guide in Animal Care
The issue of farm animal care in research is currently the subject of much discussion and debate in Washington, DC and around the country. To help clarify policies and procedures related to farm animal care and available resources, the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS), publisher of the
Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS Ag Guide) hosted a webinar entitled "The Role of the FASS Ag Guide in Farm Animal Research". The webinar was moderated by Ken Odde, Head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University and FASS Science Policy Committee member. FASS Washington Representative Lowell Randel discussed the current situation in Washington, DC related to animal care policy discussions. John McGlone, Professor at Texas Tech University and Chair of the FASS Animal Care Committee, and Chris Newcomer, Executive Director of AAALAC International addressed the history and applications of the Animal Welfare Act and the FASS Ag Guide as well as the implications of potential policy changes. The webinar was well attended, with over 65 participants from government, industry and academia. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the FASS website in the near future.
ADSA� Foundation Announces Plan to Publish Third Edition
Champaign, IL , April 22, 2015 - To benefit a broad segment of the global dairy industry, the ADSA Foundation will undertake another major initiative, this time to meet the growing information needs of dairy farmers, service professionals, and students worldwide. In 1978, a symposium designed specifically to produce a book, Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM), was held in Gainesville, Florida. Speakers' presentations were developed into book chapters. In 1992, the book was updated under the co-editorship of Jack Van Horn and Charlie Wilcox.
of Large Dairy Herd Management
In view of continuing interest in the second edition (1992) of LDHM and requests for an update, the Foundation will undertake publication of a third edition of LDHM. The third edition will be available in e-book or print-on-demand options with completely new content, designed to allow for convenient updating, sold at member, nonmember, and student rates, and distributed directly by ADSA.
The ADSA Foundation will sponsor a conference to facilitate development of the updated third edition. The conference is tentatively planned for spring 2016 in the Chicago area. Dairy experts from around the world will be selected to prepare and make chapter presentations as a first step in creating a comprehensive and essential resource-the third edition of LDHM. Publication is anticipated for spring 2017.
Dr. David Beede will serve as conference chair and editor-in-chief of the third edition. He was an author in the second edition and is currently the C. E. Meadows Endowed Chair of dairy management and nutrition, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
Nonprofit organizations, companies, and individuals are invited to join the Foundation as co-sponsors of the conference, the e-book, or both. For information on sponsorship and the worldwide lasting recognition this will bring, please contact Larry Miller ([email protected]).
USDA Awards Almost $3 Million in Research Grants
to Increase Food Security Through Improved Livestock Health
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced three grants designed to boost food security by minimizing livestock losses to insects and diseases. The awards to support research, education, and Extension efforts were made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
"These grants will allow scientists to discover the new tools and technologies necessary to deal with the threats insects and pathogens pose to livestock production in our nation, which ultimately benefit consumers through abundant, affordable food." said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director.
NIFA made the awards through the AFRI Food Security challenge area, which seeks to increase sustainable food production. Priority was given to projects that will improve prevention, early detection, rapid diagnosis, or recovery from new, foreign, or emerging diseases or arthropods (like fleas and ticks) that have the potential to cause major impacts on food security. NIFA will make additional awards later this spring through the AFRI Food Security challenge area that focus on minimizing crop losses by arthropods and diseases.
The fiscal year 2014 awards are:
- Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss., $47,464 - To create a portable computer and communication center for training veterinary students, graduate students, practicing veterinarians, and other food production stakeholders to use system dynamics modeling, other forms of stochastic and deterministic modeling and health data management or analysis software to protect livestock from pests and disease.
- Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, $1,460,000 - Develop knowledge-based integrated approaches to detect, control, and prevent poultry respiratory diseases in the United States through new and improved diagnostic tools, vaccines, and novel preventive measures.
- University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., $1,480,000 - Reduce the impact of new, emerging and foreign pests and diseases to domestic production of cattle, swine and small ruminant foods and byproducts.
The grants include research on alternatives to antimicrobials, such as improved vaccines, which could lead to a decrease in antimicrobial use. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been an area of focus during the past two decades as USDA plays a dual role in protecting animal agriculture and public health. Recognizing AMR as a potential and serious threat, USDA's AMR activities focus on surveillance; research and development; and education, extension, and outreach.
JAM 2015 Updates and Reminders
Call for Late-Breaking Original Research Abstracts - Late-Breaking Abstracts will again be part of the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) . The 2015 JAM Program Committee is calling for late-breaking abstracts of original research that highlight a broad spectrum of work, including cutting-edge, high-tech research that was completed recently and is important to the species or discipline. Up to eight abstracts will be accepted from those submitted for the session. The authors of these abstracts will present their data at the Late-Breaking Abstract Session from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 12.
Authors of accepted abstracts are required to prepare both an oral and a poster presentation for this session. Oral presentations will include the speaker introduction, presentation, and question time in the usual 15-minute time slot. Posters of these presentations must be posted by 2:00 pm on Sunday (before the start of the oral session) and will remain on display for the duration of the meeting. This session is scheduled early in the program to allow networking with the presenting scientists and to avoid subject-matter conflicts.
Late-Breaking Abstracts can be submitted until midnight on May 22 at http://www.jtmtg.org/2015/call.asp. The submitter should follow the usual guidelines for style and form and must include a justification (<500 characters) of why the abstract is important and why it should be included in the late-breaking session. Preference will be given to material that could not have been submitted as a normal JAM abstract; for example, because the hypothesis is very new, the experiment had not been completed by the earlier deadline, or the technology was not available. Abstract authors will be notified of acceptance by June 12, 2015.
The abstracts (and justifications) will be evaluated by a program committee that includes ADSA and ASAS members. Quality of research methods, importance to the field, and uniqueness and timeliness of the research are essential attributes of a late-breaking abstract. Progress reports of incomplete research or abstracts with incomplete analysis will not be considered. All abstracts are required to conform to the JAM Abstract Quality Standards. The decisions of the Late-Breaking Abstract Committee are final.
Have You Registered for the JAM? Just $400 (through June 19) for more than three and a half days of educational and scientific exchange at the premier animal and dairy science meeting in the world. A recent survey of similar meetings showed that JAM provides the most science at the lowest registration rate-and all registration rates for 2015 have been reduced to 2013 rates. The rate for graduate student members is even lower, at just $75.
Not a member of ADSA� or ASAS? Now is the time to join and save $150 over the nonmember rate and enjoy the benefits of membership through December 31, 2015. Just visit www.adsa.org or www.asas.org to join, and then visit the JAM website to register at the member rate. The registration savings will more than pay for your annual membership.
Be sure to visit http://www.jtmtg.org/2015 for information on Sunday's pre-and post-conference events (paid and free) before making your travel plans. A full list of Symposia and workshops with information about each of theme is available by clicking here. Visit the JAM website often (http://www.jtmtg.org/2015) for the latest meeting information. The JAM housing page is now open also: simply click on the Hotel Information tab on the JAM website to make your reservation online. We will see you there.
It's Not too Late to Renew (or Join)
Remember, it is still not too late to renew your ADSA membership and retain all the member benefits like S-PAC and member discounts for the annual meeting and Discover Conferences. The $150 you save on registration for the JAM will more than cover the cost of membership for the year and provide all of the other member benefits in addition to receiving our top rated Journal of Dairy Science. Be sure that you maintain your benefits throughout the year by renewing today. If you are not already a member we hope that you find the many ADSA benefits of interest. Now is a great time to join and take advantage of all these member benefits and joining. Just click the appropriate link below:
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S-PAC Adds New Conference
We are pleased to announce that the Vermont Dairy Conference is now partnering with S-PAC. Proceedings from their 2015 Conference, held Feb, 24, are now available on S-PAC. Subscribers now have access to 518 proceedings from 57 conferences. Visit http://spac.adsa.org/ for a complete listing of conferences and more information. If you are not currently a subscriber, now is a great time to add S-PAC to your information toolbox.
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Help them benefit from the shared resource concept and the 264 years of collective experience the FASS staff have in working with non-profit animal science organizations. If your referral becomes a FASS customer prior to July 1, 2015, ADSA will comp your registration to the 2015 JAM. It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.
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Dates to Note:
Apr 26-30, 2015 World of Cheese, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
Apr 29, 2015 51st Florida Dairy Production Conference, Alto Straughn, IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL. For more information, click here.
May 5, 2015 Cleaning and Sanitation, UW Madison, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI
Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course
May 6, 2015 HACCP, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
May 8-10, 2015 4th International Symposium on Dairy Cow Nutrition and Milk Quality, Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China. For more information, click here.
May 10, 2015 2015 Preger Gmete and Embryo Molecular Embryology Laboratory Training Course, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. For more information and registration, click here.
May 12-13, 2015 Applied Dairy Chemistry, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course
May 19-21, 2015 Basic Dairy Science & Sanitation Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Kim Bukowski 607-254-3313 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098
May 26-29, 2015 29th Discover Conference - "Amino Acid Requirements of Dairy Cattle", Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, Il. For more information click here - Registration is closed as the conference is full.
June 2-4, 2015 Cheese Grading Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
June 9-11, 2015 Science of Yogurt & Fermented Dairy Products Workshop (Basic), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 For more information contact Tristan Zuber 607-227-7398 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098
June 10-11, 2015 4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. For more information contact Jim Salfer at [email protected].
June 15-18, 2015 17th International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (WAVLD), Saskatoon, Sask. For more information, click here.
June 16-18, 2015 Advanced Science of Yogurt & Fermented Dairy Products Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information contact Tristan Zuber 607-254-3313 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098
June 24-25, 2015 2015 Precision Dairy Conference and Expo, Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN. For more information contact Marcia Endres, PHD, 612-624-5391 or [email protected]. For more information, click here.
July 1-3, 2015 The XVII International Silage Conference, Piracicaba, Brazil. For more information, click here.
July 7-8, 2015 Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, MO. For more information, click here.
July 9-12, 2015 2015 Interbull Annual Meeting, Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. For more information, click here or here.
July 11-18, 2015 ADGA National Show, Deschutes County Expo Center, Redmond, OR. For more information contact American Dairy Goat Association, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160; 828-286-3801 or [email protected] or www.ADGA.org
July 12-16, 2015 2015 ADSA- ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)*, Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Orlando, FL. For more information click here
July 12-16, 2015 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM?PIC)* Sioux Falls, SD. For more information, click here.
July 20-23, 2015 Certified Milk Inspector's School in Association with NY State Agriculture & Markets, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information contact Janene Lucia 607-255-2892 or Steve Murphy 607-255-2893
Aug 4-5, 2015 Milk Pasteurization, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI
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Aug 18-20, 2015 HACCP for Dairy Operations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY for more information. Steve Murphy 607-255-2893 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098.
Aug. 20-21, 2015 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference, Embassy Suites, DFW, Grapevine, TX. For more information, click here
Aug. 27-29, 2015 8th International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology, Hotel LEGOLAND, Billund, Denmark. For more information and registration, click here.
Sept 6-8, 2015 NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Association .Annual Fall Meeting, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lake Placid, NY, for more information contact
Sept 8-9, 2015 Cultured Dairy Products Short Course UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
Sept 15-17, 2015 Fluid Milk Processing for Quality& Safety, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Steve Murphy607-255-2893 or Janene Lucia607-255-2892
Sept 16-17, 2015 The 76th Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN. For more information, click here.
Sept 17-19, 2015 48th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners*, New Orleans, LA. For more information, click here.
Sept 21-24, 2015 NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Conference/FDA NE Regional Update, Syracuse, NY, For more information contact Janene Lucia 607-255-2892
Sept 22-24, 2015 Master Artisan Short Course Series, UW Madison, For more information click here
Sept 28-Oct 1, 2015 5th International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortalities, Products, By-Products and Associated Risks: Connecting Research, Regulations and Responses. Lancaster, PA. For more information, click here.
Sept 29-Oct. 3, 2015 World Dairy Expo "Dairy in our DNA", Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
Oct 12-16, 2015 Cheese Tech Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
Oct 13-15, 2015 High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Steve Murphy 607-255-2893 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892
Oct 14-18, 2015 ADGA Annual Convention, The Riverside Hotel, Boise, ID. For more information contact American Dairy Goat Assn. PO Box 865, Spindale NC 28160, 828-286-3801 or [email protected] or www.ADGA.org
Oct 20-21, 2015 Dairy Ingredient Applications, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
Oct 22-24, 2015 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by Penn State University in State College, PA. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
Oct 22-28, 2015 119th IUSAHA-AAVLD Annual Meeting, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. For more information, click here.
Oct 26, 2015 Vat Pasteurization Workshop in Association with NYS Agriculture & Markets, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892
Oct 26-28, 2015 12th Anniversary of the International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, Sydney, Australia. For more information, click here.
Oct 27-28, 2015 Basic Cheese Making Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or Janene Lucia607-255-2892
Nov 2-5, 2015 30th Discover Conference. Creating an enduring US dairy production sector, Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, IL. For more information, click here.
Nov 5-7, 2015 Cheese Grading Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here
Nov 9-11, 2015 Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals*, Kansas City, Mo. For more information, click here.
Nov 9-12, 2015 The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course, Penn State University, Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Bldg, University Park, PA. For more information and registration, click here.
Nov 11-12, 2015 PA Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop. For more information, click here.
Nov 12-13, 2015 DCRC Annual Meeting, Adam's Mark, Buffalo, NY. For more information, click here.
Nov 15-17, 2015 Southern Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by Virginia Tech in Abington, VA. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
Dec 2-4, 2015 Ice Cream Makers Short Course, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course
Feb 17-19, 2016 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by Platteville and Southwest Technical College in Platteville, WI. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
Feb 25-27, 2016 Western Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by College of Sequoias in Tulare, CA. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
April 7-9, 2016 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge & Academy: hosted by the Northeast Region in Syracuse, NY. For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site.
June 20-24, 2016 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For more information click here
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