May 25, 2015

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FDA proposes rule to collect antimicrobial sales data
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has proposed revisions to its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals in order to obtain estimates of sales by major food-producing species (cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys).

FDA said the additional data would improve understanding about how antimicrobials are sold or distributed for use in major food-producing species and help the agency further target its efforts to ensure judicious use of medically important antimicrobials.

The proposed rule also includes a provision to improve the timeliness of the report by requiring FDA publish its annual summary report of antimicrobial sales and distribution information by Dec. 31 of the following year.

Section 105 of the Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2008 (ADUFA 105) requires antimicrobial drug sponsors to report to FDA on an annual basis the amount of all antimicrobial drugs they sell or distribute for use in food-producing animals, including those antibiotics not used in human medicine. ADUFA 105 also requires FDA to prepare summary reports of sales and distribution information received from drug sponsors each year, by antimicrobial class for classes with three or more distinct sponsors, and to provide those summaries to the public.

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Dairy industry praises diplomatic fight for common food names 

U.S. representatives led the fight at a key international meeting against treaty changes that could seriously impair the ability of companies worldwide to use generic food terms in export markets.

A two-week World Intellectual Property Organization's Diplomatic Conference on the Lisbon Agreement recently concluded and the U.S. delegation was able to call attention to the treaty changes that could be troublesome for U.S. dairy producers and processors relying on numerous generic cheese names.

WIPO is a United Nations agency charged with developing a balanced international intellectual property system. It concluded two weeks of talks in Geneva May 21 that both expanded the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin to include geographical indications and expanded the protections granted under the international registry of protected terms.

Geographical indications limit who can use certain product terms or names to those in a particular geographic area. GIs have been widely abused in recent years by European interests seeking to restrict competition from the United States and other non-European countries. 

The National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association urged the U.S. Trade Representative to evaluate the degree to which countries' actions under the agreement are likely to violate World Trade Organization obligations and called on Congress to examine the deeply troubling side-lining of a majority of WIPO members in the development of an agreement with global ramifications.

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Foodborne illness data released 

Foodborne illness data releasedNEWLY released data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention showed that rates of infection from Escherichia coli O157 and one of the more common salmonella serotypes decreased by about one-third in 2014 compared with the baseline period of 2006-08.


However, infection rates from some of the other less common types of salmonella, campylobacter and vibrio rose again in 2014, continuing the increase observed during the past few years. Campylobacter increased 13% and vibrio increased 52% compared with 2006-08 (Infographic).


Overall in 2014, CDC's FoodNet logged just more than 19,000 infections, about 4,400 hospitalizations and 71 deaths from the nine foodborne pathogens it tracks. Salmonella and campylobacter were by far the most common, accounting for about 14,000 of the 19,000 infections reported.


"We are encouraged by the reduction of (Shiga toxin-producing E. coli) O157:H7 illnesses, which reflects our science-based approach to beef inspection, and we look forward to seeing further reductions in salmonella and campylobacter infections as our improved standards for poultry take effect later this year, " said Al Almanza, deputy undersecretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Data sources like FoodNet allow us to be strategic in developing our food safety policies, and we will do everything within our power to keep reducing cases of foodborne illness from all meat and poultry products."

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Ultrasonic production of skimmed milk possible 

Recently, scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization jointly demonstrated cream separation from natural whole milk at liter-scales for the first time using ultrasonic standing waves - a novel, fast and nondestructive separation technique typically used only in small-scale settings.


At the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America being held May 18-22 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the researchers will report the key design and effective operating parameters for milk fat separation in batch and continuous systems.


The project, co-funded by the Geoffrey-Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Australian Research Council, has established a proven ultrasound technique to separate fat globules from milk with high volume throughputs up to 30 liters per hour, opening doors for processing dairy and biomedical particulates on an industrial scale.


"We have successfully established operating conditions and design limitations for the separation of fat from natural whole milk in an ultrasonic liter-scale system," said Thomas Leong, an ultrasound engineer and a postdoctoral researcher from the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology at the Swinburne University of Technology. "By tuning system parameters according to acoustic fundamentals, the technique can be used to specifically select milk fat globules of different sizes in the collected fractions, achieving fractionation outcomes desired for a particular dairy product."

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Walmart U.S. announces new animal welfare, antibiotic positions 

Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club U.S. today announced new positions around animal welfare and the use of antibiotics in farm animals as a next step in continuously improving the sustainability of items it sells.

"Walmart is committed to selling products that sustain people and the environment," said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart sustainability. "We have listened to our customers, and are asking our suppliers to engage in improved reporting standards and transparency measures regarding the treatment of farm animals."

Walmart said it believes animals should be treated humanely and that it will not tolerate abuse. Additionally, the company announced it supports the globally recognized "Five Freedoms" of animal welfare, and is committed to working with supply chain partners to implement practices consistent with the Five Freedoms.

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ADSA and Related Happenings 

ADSA Acquires 100% Membership Interest in FASS  
The American Society of Animal Science's (ASAS) and the Poultry Science Association's (PSA) Boards of Directors announced today that they have sold their founding membership interest in the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) to the American Dairy Science Association� (ADSA).

FASS is headquartered in Champaign, Ill., and provides policy and management services to ASAS, PSA and ADSA, as well as other animal agriculture clients. As the primary user of shared services, ADSA approached ASAS and PSA about acquiring their founding membership interests.

Effective May 15, 2015, ADSA holds 100% of FASS membership interest. ASAS and PSA had recorded one-third of FASS total net assets on their respective statements of financial position since FASS was formed in 1998.

FASS was originally formed for the mutual benefit of three founding member societies: the American Dairy Science Association, the American Society of Animal Science, and the Poultry Science Association. Before FASS was created, ASAS and PSA depended on ADSA to provide many of the services FASS provides today.

"In recent years, ASAS and PSA have opted to use staff at their individual societies for services, while ADSA has become an increasingly larger user of FASS services. The shift in business models suggests that a sole FASS-ADSA partnership is ideal," said Al Kertz PhD, ADSA President and Principal, ANDHIL, LLC.

"This action allows FASS to better serve the needs of their major client, be more nimble, provides it with greater autonomy, and enhances its ability to serve the needs of many more clients in animal agriculture," said Dr. Debra Aaron PhD, President of the ASAS Board of Directors and Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

"FASS has been an invaluable policy and management services tool for our organization and others in the past, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from its good work on our behalf in the future," Aaron said. "We are committed to working together to address critical policy issues that affect all of us."

FASS will cease using the name Federation of Animal Science Societies and become legally known as FASS publicly, as promptly as possible, upon receiving IL Secretary of State approval of the name change to "FASS".

"The agreement between the three societies ensures that if either ASAS or PSA would like to use FASS services, they can purchase them at fair market value," said Todd Applegate PhD, PSA President and Professor of Animal Sciences, Purdue University.

Appropriations committees allocations impact ag research
As a part of the annual appropriations process, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee establish 302(b) allocations, which determine the amount of funding each of the appropriations subcommittees have to craft their respective appropriations bills.  On May 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its fiscal year 2016 allocations to the subcommittees, which totaled $1.01 trillion, the statutory limit set in the 2011 debt law.  The approval came on a party line vote, as Democrats criticized the allocations as not providing enough resources to properly fund key programs. 

Funding for discretionary programs, which includes most agricultural research programs, in the agriculture appropriations bill is $20.51 billion.  This is less than the $20.65 billion for agriculture provided in the House allocations.  The fiscal year 2015 allocation for agriculture was $20.6 billion.  The limited amount of funds allocated to the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees will make achieving increases to research programs challenging in fiscal year 2016.  It is anticipated that the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee will be the first to act on its bill, with committee action likely to occur in early June.

WTO Rules against U.S. COOL Regulations
On May 18 the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a ruling against the United States regarding a dispute brought by Canada and Mexico challenging the validity of mandatory country of origin labeling regulations (COOL).  USDA issued COOL regulations in 2013 that require labeling of meat products including where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.  The U.S. was appealing an initial ruling that the COOL regulations violate trade obligations and that Canada and Mexico would be entitled to take retaliatory action against the U.S.  The WTO's appellate body affirmed that the mandatory regulations violate U.S. trade obligations and impose a disproportionate burden in record-keeping and verification requirements on meat producers and processors. 

In response to the WTO ruling, the House Agriculture Committee approved a bipartisan bill (H.R. 2392) that would repeal COOL requirements for meat and poultry.  More information on COOL repeal legislation can be found here.


JAM 2015 Updates and Reminders

We are excited to announce that the ADSA�-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) will offer poster presenters extra exposure of their posters via the new Poster in my Pocket app! This app (for smartphones and tablets) is available FREE from the iTunes app store and Google Play. Now, poster presenters have an additional way to share their research with JAM attendees and the rest of the world. JAM attendees can access high-resolution, digital versions of their favorite posters, share links to posters with colleagues, and contact poster presenters, all via the app. Even with a record number of posters at the 2015 JAM, you can see them all-just scan the QR code on any participating poster to download it your device and view it when you have time! For more information, visit or

Also, remember that all who registered for the JAM by 11:59 pm (CDT) on May 15 will receive a free 90-day subscription to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC�), compliments of the ADSA Foundation! Current S-PAC subscribers who register for the JAM by the May 15 deadline will have 90 days added to their existing subscription. Access will be granted to S-PAC on Sunday, July 12, and an S-PAC search contest will run each day of the JAM-prizes will be awarded! If you would like to learn more about S-PAC and its use, please join us at the S-PAC interest group session on Monday, July 13, from 8:00 to 9:00 AM.

Not a member of ADSA� or ASAS, but interested in attending the JAM? 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 or 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



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Dates to Note:


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 10-11, 2015   4-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. For more information contact Jim Salfer at [email protected]

June 10-11, 2015  Basic Level Science of Yogurt and Fermented Dairy Products Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information, Click here. To register, Click here.

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. To register, Click here.

June 24, 2015   Northeast Fluid Milk Forum, DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY. For more information and to register, 

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


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

Download a copy of the brochure and register for the short course

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
Janene Lucia  607-255-2892


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


Oct 20-21, 2015   Dairy Ingredient Applications, UW Madison, Babcock Hall, Room 205, For more information click here

Oct. 20-22, 2015  Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Rodney A. Erickson. Food Science Building, University Park, PA. For more information and to register, 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

*An S-PAC Partner Conference

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Akey, Inc.

Elanco Animal Health

Pfizer Animal Health

Varied Industries Corp.

SoyPLUS / SoyChlor

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

Zook Nutrition & Management

Swedish Univ. of Agri. Sciences


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