July 6, 2015

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Meat snacks popularity increasing

Dehydrated, salted meat snacks, like jerky, have been around for over 400 years but newly research from The NPD Group, a leading global information company, showed consumers are now looking anew at these savory snacks as a convenient source of protein and more healthful snack option. Consumption of meat snacks among adults increased by 18% over the last five years, according to NPD's ongoing snacking research. 


Beef is still the leading meat snack type consumed, but turkey jerky is the fastest growing.  Cases of turkey jerky shipped from foodservice distributors to restaurants and other foodservice outlets increased by triple-digits in the year ending April 2015 compared to year ago, reported NPD's SupplyTrack,  a monthly tracking service that tracks every product shipped from major broadline distributors to their foodservice operators. Other meat snack types include bison, buffalo, elk, and salmon.

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Commodity groups also sue EPA 

Producer and land use groups filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers over their "waters of the United States" final rule.


The groups asked the federal court to vacate the controversial new rule redefining the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The complaint, filed in federal district court in Texas, claims the new rule grants EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broad control over land use far beyond what Congress authorized in the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit also claims vagueness and over-breadth of the rule violate the U.S. Constitution. The groups also challenged EPA's aggressive grassroots advocacy campaign during the comment period, which reflected a closed mind to concerns expressed by farmers and others.

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JBS USA Pork to purchase Cargill pork business 

JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement with Cargill to acquire the company's U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion.  Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory review and approval.       


"Today's announcement of our agreement to purchase the Cargill pork operations is a strategic investment in the long-term growth of our domestic and global pork business and demonstrates our continued commitment to the U.S. livestock sector," said Martin Dooley, president and chief operating officer of JBS USA Pork. "This transaction will strengthen our position as a producer and supplier of all major animal proteins around the world, and provide increased opportunities for our producer partners and key customers. The strength and success of Cargill's pork team and hog suppliers, as well as its industry leadership in areas such as animal welfare, exports, bacon production and innovation, were significant and compelling factors that led us to pursue this acquisition and enhance our ability to serve our diverse, global customer base."

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'Smarter' ag research investment

Research is needed to help deal with the "asteroids" of agriculture - those big, destructive issues such as water shortages, water overutilization, emerging plant and animal diseases, weather volatility and much more.


Former secretary of agriculture Dan Glickman warned that the research necessary for dealing with these ongoing asteroids now faces limited resources.


Research and innovation have delivered a valuable return on investment: Estimates of the annual social rate of return to producers, consumers and the environment range from 20% to 60%, with an average $10 economic benefit for every $1 invested in research, studies have found.

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ADSA and Related Happenings 

Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) Names Executive Director

On June 11th, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) named Dr. Sally Rockey its first Executive Director to lead the foundation.  Dr. Rockey currently serves as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) deputy director for extramural research and will assume her role with FFAR in September 2015.  Prior to joining the NIH in 2005, Rockey spent 19 years of at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she oversaw the competitive research component of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service including the National Research Initiative (NRI).  As executive director, Rockey will be charged with steering FFAR's approach to addressing challenges in food and agriculture through funding cutting edge research, fostering public-private sector collaboration, and supporting young scientists in the agricultural field.  More information on FFAR can be found here.


ADSA Joins in Calls for Support of Research Funding
ADSA has recently taken several actions encouraging support for research funding.  We have become part of the

Friends of Agricultural Statistics and Analysis (FASA). As a part of this group we have been a part of letters first to the House Agricultural Appropriations subcommittee and then to all staff of the House and Senate calling on elected leaders to maintain and grow agriculture, food, and resource statistics, data, and analysis. ADSA joined over 250 other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development. Ten CEOs and 252 organizations signed "Innovation: An American Imperative," a document aimed at federal decision makers and legislators.  It underscores the findings-and warnings-contained in The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream.  You can find copies of the letters in the ADSA Science Policy section.



JAM 2015 Updates and Reminders

The early registration deadline has passed but it is still not too late to attend JAM 2015! You can register online until Saturday, July 11, at 11:59 pm or onsite in Orlando.

Whether you fly or drive to Orlando and whether you come for one day or the whole week, here's why you should attend:

According to the JAM 2013 Survey:

  • 66% of attendees brought home 1 to 3 new ideas and 30% more than 3
  • 60% of attendees made 2 to 5 new contacts and 14% more than 5
  • 61% of attendees brought home 1 to 3 ideas from a species or discipline other than their primary area of focus
  • 96% of survey respondents would recommend JAM to a colleague
  • 50% of survey respondents ranked the 2013 JAM as the top animal/dairy science meeting attended in the previous two years

With 43 symposia and workshops as well as more than 2,400 oral and poster presentations, JAM 2015 has something for everyone.

The final JAM program is available online and includes access to the revamped MyProgram, which now functions as a 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.

The Late-Breaking Original Research Session program and regular session abstracts (the official source for citations) are also available: http://www.jtmtg.org/JAM/2015/program.asp.

At JAM 2015, we are offering poster presenters additional 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. For more information and to upload your poster, visit http://www.jtmtg.org/JAM/2015/posterinmypocket.asp or http://www.posterinmypocket.com. You may upload your poster to the app at any time-even onsite at JAM.

JAM 2015 will also offer many opportunities for networking. In addition to the
exhibit hall, Job Resource Center, and many social events, this year we are providing a room for use by employers to interview potential job candidates at JAM 2015. The interview room (Gatlin A-4) will be available on Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We hope to see you in Orlando!

The JAM 2015 Team


Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program to Begin July 1
PORTLAND, June 29, 2015 - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin - the difference between the price of milk and feed costs - falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Harden made the announcement while visiting Wolfe's Neck Farm and dairy school in Freeport, Maine.

"More than half of our nation's dairy producers enrolled in the 2015 program, which exceeded our expectations for the first year of the program," said Harden. "We are confident that dairy farmers across the country will again take advantage of this safety net program for 2016. USDA will continue outreach efforts, including partnering with cooperative extension services, to ensure dairy producers are fully informed about the protections that this safety net program can provide during periods of market downturns."

For more information, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy for more information, or stop by a local FSA office to learn more about the Margin Protection Program. To find a local FSA office in your area, visit http://offices.usda.gov.


Are You Part of ADSA� on Linked In

Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We currently have 1,351 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:


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 14-16, 2015   High Temperature Short Time Pasteurization Workshop, Cornell University Campus. The complete program may be found here. To register and pay on-line, 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

July 29-31, 2015  Dairy Environmental Systems & Climate Adaptation Conference, the Statler Hotel, Ithaca, NY, For more information, click here.

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, For more information, click here.

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 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.

Mar 8-11, 2016  34th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar*, For more information, click here.

Mar 14-16, 2016   Midwest Meeting ADSA Midwest Branch and ASAS Midwestern Section, Des Moines, IA.

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

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.

If you would like to have an event included in the "Dates to Note," please contact
Ken Olson.


Thanks to our Corporate Sustaining members for their ongoing support of ADSA and the Journal of Dairy Science�.

Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition

Adisseo North America


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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Corporate membership
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