$2.5m grant to probe how diseases become epidemics

An Oregon State University scientist is heading a multinational team studying how to anticipate and curb the next disease outbreak before it blows up into a global epidemic.

Funded by a new $2.5 million grant, Oregon State plant pathologist Christopher Mundt and his team are probing infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants that have a distinctive trait in common: the capability of the pathogen - whether virus, fungus or bacterium - to transmit itself over long distances. This pattern, he said, characterizes diseases like avian influenza, which have produced continental-scale epidemics.

"Our goal is to develop rules of thumb for identifying and controlling diseases that have this long-distance dispersal capability," Mundt said. "We don't have the scientific manpower to create detailed models of every potential epidemic. So a generalized set of control strategies would be vital in policy planning during the early stages of an outbreak."

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Dairy Farmers of America breaks ground on new plant

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) officially announced plans to build a dairy ingredients plant in Garden City, Kansas. In a ceremony at its 156-acre site in Garden City, representatives from the Cooperative were joined by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, city and state officials and the area's dairy farmers to break ground on the facility. The state-of-the-art plant will produce whole, skim and nonfat dry milk powder, as well as cream, and is a partnership between DFA and 12 of its member farms in Southwest Kansas.

Slated for operation by the end of 2017, the 214,000-square-foot plant, will bring 60 new, full-time jobs to the area.

Once complete, the plant will receive 4 million pounds of milk a day from regional dairy farms. This will help support the industry's continued growth in Southwest Kansas and will meet the rising demand for U.S. dairy both domestically and globally.

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California limits antimicrobials for livestock

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law SB 27, a bill that sets aggressive standards for antimicrobial drug use in California livestock.

The California Veterinary Medical Assn. (CVMA) applauded the action, saying the bill will positively impact antibiotic resistance in both people and animals.

This legislation ensures that medically important antimicrobial drugs used in livestock are only available through veterinary prescription or veterinary feed directive, CVMA said. Additionally, it bans the use of antimicrobials for growth promotion and feed efficiency.

Veterinarians serve a vital role in ensuring the safety of our food supply. The uniqueness of veterinary medicine makes it critical that veterinarians use their professional training, extensive years of study, proper diagnostics, and the latest scientific information to make the best medical decisions for animals. A veterinarian's oversight of antimicrobials to treat, prevent and control disease or infection in livestock will minimize pain, suffering and mortality while also addressing antimicrobial resistance.

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Select Sires to expand

The Select Sires board of directors, consisting of dairy and beef producers from across the country, recently voted to build new facilities to accommodate current and future growth.

Two new, state-of-the-art facilities will be constructed at the Hoyt Program for Genetic Advancement Center for the housing of five- to eight-month-old bulls entering Select Sires' facilities. This will grow the capacity of Select Sires' admittance and quarantine facilities by 50%.

"This expansion is to provide the capacity to meet our rapidly expanding semen sales today and in the future. Our veterinarians and production teams have worked with many researchers from across the country to design the barns for the highest air quality and to maximize the growth of these young bulls," Select Sires president and chief executive officer David Thorbahn said. "These new barns will provide more individual pens for personalized attention for the new arrivals as well as the ability to implement an accelerated growth plan.

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Fraley: Farmers need to tell their story

Doubling food production by 2050 to feed the world's growing population is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind, shared Robert Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer. But in order to do so, farmers need to be able to tell their story to build trust and understanding about the importance of technology that makes farming better and more efficient.

Fraley, speaking to a group of global farmers as part of Truth About Trade and Technology's Global Farmer Roundtable, explained that from a science perspective, yields can easily see boosts around the world including doubling in the Americas and maybe even quadrupling in Asia and Africa.

"Science is essential and even critical to success, but by itself it's not sufficient," he said. Rather sharing about the work of farmers and those involved in agriculture more broadly to the public, regulators and policymakers is needed. "We have to reach out directly to consumers, regulators and policymakers to tell the story of agriculture and farming, and why it's so important that we have new tools to continue to produce more food, more efficiently."

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ADSA News and Happenings
Nutriad becomes an ADSA Corporate Sustaining Member
We welcome Nutriad as our newest Corporate Sustaining Member.  Nutriad, a major international supplier of feed additives, operates in more than 80 countries.  We appreciation the support they and our other corporate sponsors provide for the American Dairy Science Association and the Journal of Dairy Science. To learn more about Corporate Sponsorship visit the ADSA website.
S-PAC Update
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"Creating an Enduring U.S. Dairy Production Sector"
It's not too late to register for the 30th Discover Conference "Creating an Enduring U.S. Dairy Production Sector"?  The speaker list is in place and it will be a great program.  You can check out the agenda and speakers on the DC 30 website. The Conference, hosted by the American Dairy Science Association�, will be held November 2-5, 2015 at Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, IL. Space is limited, but slots are still available. On-line and/or mail-in registration is available on the website.  
 Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS
The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on March 14 - 16, 2016. Online registration is now open for the 2016 Midwest Meeting in Des Moines. Registration information can be found on the 2016 Midwest Meeting website under the registration tab. A printable registration form is also available. Abstracts for the 2016 meeting are being accepted through the submission site. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm CDT on November 11, 2015.
Are You Part of ADSA� on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We now include 1,416 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to get information and network with other dairy professionals from around the world.  Check it out here.

Thanks to our Corporate Sustaining Members
                                 We appreciate your ongoing support of ADSA and the Journal of Dairy Science�.

Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Elanco Animal Health
Diamond V Mills 
Kent Nutrition
Grande Cheese Co.
Kraft Foods
GEA Farm Technologies 
BioZyme Inc.
Darling International Research
Quali Tech
Zook Nutrition & Management
DuPont Pioneer
West Central
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Ag Processing
Renaissance Nutrition
Global Agri-Trade Corp.
Masters Choice
Papillon Agricultural Co.
Calendar of Events
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 information and registration click here
Oct 20-22, 2015  77th Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers*, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY, For more information click here
Oct 22, 2015  International Symposium on Dairy Cattle Nutrition 2015 - Nutrition and Animal Health, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 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 26-28, 2015  12th Anniversary of the International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, Sydney Australia, For more information click here.
Oct 28-29, 2015 Vat Pasteurization and Basic Cheese Making Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or Janene Lucia 607-255-2892. Click for registration.
Nov 2-5, 2015    30th Discover Conference - "Creating an Enduring U.S. 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 5-7, 2015  21st Annual Dairy Sheep Association of North American Symposium, Madison, Wis. For more information, click here

Nov 9-11, 2015  Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals*, Kansas City, Missouri, 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. 10-11, 2015  Accredited Introductory HACCP Training, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information, click here, to register click here.

Nov 11-12, 2015 PA Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop, For more information
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Nov 12-13, 2015  DCRC Annual Meeting, Adam's Mark, Buffalo, New York, For more information click here
Nov. 12-13, 2015   Implementing SQF Systems, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. For more information click here, to register 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
January 18-19, 2016  Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, The Riverside Hotel, Boise, Idaho, visit http://www.pnwanc.org for more information
Feb 17-19, 2016 Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by UW Platteville and Southwest Technical College in Platteville, WI For more information, visit the Dairy Challenge web site
Feb 23, 2016  Vermont Dairy Producers Conference, For more information click here
Feb 25-27, 2016 Western Regional Dairy Challenge: hosted by College of the 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
Apr18 - 20, 2016 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center,  Fort Wayne, IN, For more information click here
May 1-4, 2016Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM) Conference, Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL, For more information click here
June 15-16, 2016  4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA, contact Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota [email protected]
June 20-24, 2016 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For more information click here
July 2-9, 2016  American Dairy Goat Association National Show, Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA. For more information contact ADGA, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160. 828-286-3801. www.ADGA.org
July 19-23, 2016  ADSA- ASAS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)*, Salt Lake City, UT, for more information click here
July 24-28, 2016  2016 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM/PIC), Little Rock, AR. For more information, click here.

June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA.  For more information
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ADSA Membership Benefits                                 
Did you know that your ADSA Professional Membership provides you with:

*        Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science�

*        Joint Annual Meeting at member rates

*        Discover Conferences at member rates

*        S-PAC: Free access to JAM and ADSA divisional abstracts

*        S-PAC subscription at member rates

*        Access to recorded symposia library                                                                       

*        ADSA News (association newsletter)

*        ADSA Dair e-news (ADSA industry newsletter)

*        Access to member directory

*        Peer recognition through ADSA and Foundation Award Program

*        Discounted page charges in Journal of Dairy Science�

*        A strong voice of advocacy for the animal sciences, animal agriculture and agriculture research

*        Broad author recognition through ADSA/Elsevier press release program

*        Linked In and You Tube sites for ADSA

*        Quality networking with academic and industry professionals

*        Travel awards for all graduate students attending Discover Conferences

*        Opportunity to serve peers via committee and officer positions

For more information on your benefits please visit: http://www.adsa.org/join.asp
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