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EPA releases final Clean Water Rule
In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to "clearly protect from pollution and degredation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources."
According to EPA, the rule ensures that "waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier and faster for businesses and industry. The rule is grounded in law and the latest science, and is shaped by public input." The rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions, EPA said.
"For the water in the rivers and lakes in our communities that flow to our drinking water to be clean, the streams and wetlands that feed them need to be clean too," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. "Protecting our water sources is a critical component of adapting to climate change impacts like drought, sea level rise, stronger storms and warmer temperatures - which is why EPA and the Army have finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect these important waters, so we can strengthen our economy and provide certainty to American businesses."
DHS, USDA break ground for NBAF
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack broke ground May 27 to officially begin construction of the National Bio- & Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) main laboratory structure in Manhattan, Kan.
"The NBAF laboratory will provide the nation with cutting edge, state-of-the-art, lab capabilities and help protect our food supply and the nation's public health," Johnson said. "NBAF addresses a serious vulnerability. The economic impact of a bio agricultural threat - deliberate or natural - could have a substantial effect on the food supply of this Nation and have serious human health consequences. We will soon be able to ensure availability of vaccines and other rapid response capabilities to curb an outbreak. With NBAF, our nation will have the first Bio Level 4 lab facility of its kind - a state-of-the-art bio-containment facility for the study of foreign animal and emerging diseases."
When completed and fully operational in 2022, the $1.25 billion NBAF will be a 570,000 sq. ft., biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal and emerging zoonotic (transmitted from animals to humans) diseases that threaten animal agriculture and public health in the U.S.
Guelph opens research innovation center
University of Guelph researchers will study livestock production, health and welfare in innovative ways, thanks to a $25 million, state-of-the-art research facility opened May 28.
The Livestock Research & Innovation Centre (LRIC) - Dairy Facility at Elora, Ont., involves U of G, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) and Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO).
This multidisciplinary center will bring together scientists, students and stakeholders from Ontario and beyond to study environmental, social and economic issues for the dairy industry.
They will study everything from genetics, nutrition and quality improvement to animal welfare, food safety and animal and human health. Training and education will address the needs of the Ontario and Canadian dairy sectors.
Nebraska attempt to lift packer ban fails
After four hours of second round debate May 27, an attempt in the Nebraska legislature to force a select file vote on a bill that would have allowed meat packing companies to own swine during production failed by two votes.
Currently, a restriction under the Competitive Livestock Markets Act prohibits livestock packers from directly or indirectly owning or feeding livestock. LB176, introduced by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz, would narrow that restriction to apply only to cattle producers.
Schilz said the change would encourage growth in the state's swine production industry.
"Nearly every state that surrounds Nebraska is seeing significant growth in their hog industries, but we are not keeping pace," he said. "If implemented, this will once again allow hog processors to own hogs and contract with producers under custom feeding agreements."
ADSA and Related Happenings
4th International Symposium on Dairy Cow Nutrition and Milk Quality
From May 8 to 10, 2015 the 4th International Symposium on Dairy Cow Nutrition and Milk Quality was held at the Friendship Hotel in Beijing, China. The 3rd Symposium was held at the same venue in May 2013. The Symposium was jointly sponsored by ADSA with the Institute of Animal Science which is part of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the Ministry of Agriculture, and by the Dairy Association of China. There were 689 pre-registered attendees. Attendees were from all areas of China and were comprised approximately of 250 from universities, 105 from Quality Inspection Centers, 170 from dairy related companies, 156 from academia, and 37 speakers. Of the 37 speakers, 20 were ADSA members from the U.S., Canada, and Brazil. Corporate financial support for ADSA speakers travel from the U.S. and Canada was provided by Biomin and Zinpro. Two different sections of Sessions on Advances in Fundamental Research, two sections of Advances in Milk Quality and Safety, and two sections on Advances in New Technology and Products, along with Opening and Closing Sessions were held. A graduate student presentation contest was held with over 70 submissions of which 13 were selected for oral presentation. Winners were presented at the Closing Ceremony along with volunteer recognitions. Attendees were enthusiastic and engrossed in learning to further the relatively newer dairy industry in China. By 2020, it was projected that the market for dairy products in China will double. Symposium topics included more basic research findings as well as technical information for field application. Prior symposia proceedings are available through S-PAC.
New 'toolkit' helps agency tell NSF-funded stories better
A new interactive resource available through NSF's website will help NSF-funded principal investigators and their institution public information officers understand better the process for creating communications tools, such as videos and feature stories, so that NSF more effectively communicates the science it funds.
This user-friendly resource, which is essentially a decision tree that shows examples of all of NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) capabilities, is located with NSF's communications resourcesalong with a text-only version. (Click on "Science Communication Toolkit for Principal Investigators.") In addition to showcasing all of NSF's communications vehicles with descriptions, examples and clickable links, the toolkit also contains:
- Statements on the importance and benefits of science communication
- Suggestions for communicating effectively, and
- The ideal communication chain between principal investigators, NSF program directors, and university public information officers
The toolkit may at first look like a presentation, but it is actually an application that users can explore and interact with at their own pace to help them stretch how they communicate about research and broader impacts. Instructions are located in the tool's description and in the application itself. The main view has several frames where users can dig deeper into different aspects of communication. One frame is a circle where users can click and see all available communications vehicles and how they differ from one another. To see each portion in detail, users merely click inside the circles or the other frames. Links to videos or articles show real examples of the communications offerings as well. And to make sure the link isn't lost, users can bookmark it in their browser for easy access.
The goal is to make the process of communication easier. NSF places importance on the communication of NSF-funded science and associated activities to various audiences including the general public and non-experts. This toolkit will help this effort by not only informing principal investigators of available options and ways to think about communication, but also in enabling NSF program staff to access NSF's resources more efficiently.
JAM 2015 Updates and Reminders
To help you start planning your JAM 2015, the JAM website now includes the final JAM 2015 Scientific Program and the fully redesigned MyProgram. The revamped MyProgram now functions as a mobile scheduling assistant and includes abstracts for all scientific sessions, as well as general meeting information, times and locations of special events, exhibitor details, invited speaker bios, and more.
MyProgram allows you to :
- Navigate the entire scientific program, optimized for your mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer
- View the schedule ahead, with MyProgram displaying in real time
- Search the entire program with just a few keystrokes
- Set up a personalized schedule of presentations and events you want to attend and posters you want to see
- Transfer your personal schedule between devices for easy viewing anywhere on nearly any device
- Start planning now by going to http://m.jtmtg.org
The scientific program is packed with more than 2,400 abstracts, including more than 800 oral and invited presentations, 1,500 poster presentations, and 43 symposia and workshops. The many social events on the schedule, and included in MyProgram for 2015, will give you time to relax, meet up with friends, and network with colleagues and collaborators.
Not yet registered? It's not too late! Visit the registration page to register online or download a PDF of the registration form.
For more information on this year's JAM, visit the meeting website and check back often for updates on
We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
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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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Are You Part of ADSA® on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We currently have 1,334 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.
Dates to Note:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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@example.com or www.ADGA.org
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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Grande Cheese Co.
Danisco USA Inc
Land O'Lakes Inc
GEA Farm Technologies (Westfalia/Surge)
Prince Agri Products
Ag Processing Inc.
Darling International Research
Performance Products, Inc.
Zook Nutrition & Management
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