Child nutrition top priority in January

As Senate Agriculture Committee members were unable to reach a bipartisan agreement on childhood nutrition to include in an omnibus bill, both made a commitment to move it across the finish line early in 2016.
The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a business meeting in January 2016 to markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing child nutrition programs.
"Child nutrition reauthorization will be the Committee's first priority in the New Year," said Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.). "We have combed through these programs to increase efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility and integrity. We owe it to American schoolchildren to be thorough in our work reauthorizing these important programs, and we have done just that. I'm proud to say this will be a bipartisan bill - a bill many folks said we couldn't get done. I look forward to working with Ranking Member Stabenow to carry this across the finish line."

Virginia Tech animal ag facilities included in bond proposal

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Dec. 17 plans to include funding for new and renovated livestock, poultry and equine facilities at Virginia Tech as one part of a proposed $2.43 billion bond package.
The proposed facilities are one of many capital improvement projects around Virginia aimed at strengthening the commonwealth's research and economic development infrastructure. The bond package, along with the rest of the governor's two-year budget, is subject to General Assembly approval.
"We are very pleased that the governor has included these facilities in his proposed budget and continues to be an enthusiastic advocate for agriculture," said Alan Grant, dean of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. "His support highlights the vital role that Virginia Tech plays in helping grow the economy through research, education and Virginia Cooperative Extension."

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APHIS issues final carcass disposal EIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for carcass management alternatives that could be implemented during an animal health emergency.
Large numbers of livestock carcasses in a single location can present a potential environmental risk. The agency must effectively manage carcasses in a mass animal health emergency to reduce potential risks to people, livestock and the surrounding environment.

Land O'Lakes launches nutritional additives focus in animal feed

Land O'Lakes Inc. announced Dec. 16 the launch of a nutritional additives focus within its animal nutrition business.
Known as PMI Nutritional Additives, the business will work with all feed nutritionists, manufacturers, veterinarians and producers seeking to deliver value, efficacy and strong results through their livestock feed.
PMI Nutritional Additives is focused on products that optimize performance in animals in two key areas: (1) nutrient utilization and (2) gut health and integrity, the announcement said. There are several nutritional additives available for poultry, swine, dairy and beef cattle, and more will follow.
"Within the animal production industry, Land O'Lakes' animal nutrition business delivers proven feed solutions backed by extensive research know-how both in-house, through our animal nutrition Ph.Ds, and in the field," said Dave Hoogmoed, chief operating officer for animal nutrition. "With our nutritional additives business, we're extending our research capabilities, partnerships and distribution to meet the needs of a growing segment of customers."

ADSA News and Happenings
Congress Reaches Agreement on FY 2016 Omnibus
On December 16, House and Senate leaders reached agreement on an omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2016.  The package will fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year and also includes several policy provisions related to agriculture.
The bipartisan debt deal enacted earlier this fall eased spending caps and provided $80 billion in additional funding for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.  As a result, Congress was able to improve on the funding level for a number of accounts in the agriculture appropriations bill.  For agriculture research, the largest increases were for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and for Agricultural Research Service (ARS) building and facilities.  AFRI receives $350 million in the omnibus, a $25 million increase over 2015.  ARS building and facilities receives $212 million, up from the $45 million provided in 2015.  This funding will allow for the completion of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory and begin work on other high priority ARS facilities.
From a policy perspective, the omnibus includes language reinforcing the provisions included in the House and Senate versions of the bill regarding animal care at ARS.  Congress continues to express concern over the USDA response to allegations of animal mistreatment at the US Meat Animal Research Center.  The omnibus withholds $57 million from ARS until the Secretary certifies to Congress that ARS has updated its animal care policies and that all labs conducting animal research have functioning Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCS).
The omnibus also includes language related to the updating of dietary guidelines.  Much controversy has surrounded the dietary guidelines process as the draft version provided by the Advisory Committee was very critical of the meat industry.  The draft moved away from recommending lean meat as a part of a healthy diet and included considerations based on environmental sustainability.  The omnibus directs USDA and HHS to focus solely on diet and nutrition and ensure that the guidelines are based on strong scientific evidence.
Congress also responded through the omnibus to repeal the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat and poultry.  The World Trade Organization has ruled that these requirements violated U.S. trade obligations and has authorized Mexico and Canada to retaliate with over $1 billion in tariffs.  The repeal will help bring the U.S. back into compliance and avoid retaliation from Mexico and Canada. 
The following table show the funding levels for selected agricultural research accounts. 
Selected Agriculture Appropriations Accounts
FY 2015 - FINAL
FY 2016 - President's Budget
FY 2016 - Omnibus
Agricultural Research Service
$1.132 billion
$1.191 billion
$1.143 billion
ARS Buildings and Facilities
$45 million
$205 million
$212 million
NIFA Research and Education
$787 million
$998 million
$819 million
$244 million
$244 million
$244 million
$325 million
$450 million
$350 million
              Section 1433
$4 million
$4 million
NIFA Extension Activities
$472 million
$475 million
$475 million
                Smith Lever
$300 million
$300 million
$300 million
NIFA Integrated Activities
$30.9 million
$29 million
$30.9 million
The House and Senate both approved the omnibus shortly before adjourning for the holiday recess and President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday afternoon.  A copy of the omnibus appropriations bill can be found on the House Rules Committee website by clicking here.
If You Want to Feed a Badger: From Food Science to the Field
MADISON- The Center for Dairy Research is proud to contribute to the Wisconsin Idea, which seeks to improve people's lives through cutting-edge research and outreach. CDR staff strive to bring such product research and practical applications to the state's dairy industry by collaborating with companies all over the United States. The work is always rewarding, but it's particularly special when outreach efforts benefit fellow Badgers.
An excellent example of the Wisconsin Idea at work is the relationship between the UW Athletic Department and CDR. For the last five years, CDR Dairy Ingredient, Cultured Products and Beverages Coordinator K.J. Burrington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Director of Performance John Dettmann have been working together to develop safe, wholesome dairy-based products that benefit student-athletes and the public. These products are generally manufactured by Wisconsin companies using Wisconsin ingredients and, while the original intent of the product development is often to supply student-athletes with nutritional products that fit the NCAA requirements, these products are often made available to the public as well, benefiting Badgers around the United States. To read more about the effort click here.
AVMA is Working with Santa - All's Clear for Christmas Eve
Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa's veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph's red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve.
Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole today to ensure that Santa's team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe.
"After a thorough examination I can tell you that Santa's reindeer are perfectly healthy and in great shape, and ready for their flight.," Dr. Kinnarney said.
A cute way to help promote important animal health precautions that are in place.
Help the ADSA Foundation and Lower Your Taxes
As the tax year draws to a close, now is the time to make that donation to the ADSA Foundation!  In case you are not familiar with it, "the ADSA Foundation pledges to contribute to the welfare of people worldwide by furthering the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge and accurate information and to support and enhance educational programs of ADSA and the dairy industry as a whole." You can learn more about it on the Foundation page. If you didn't get around to contributing to the ADSA Annual Giving campaign this past summer, now is your chance. A contribution at any level is appreciated. You can donate to one or more of the nine funds online with a credit card quickly and easily by clicking here. Or, print the pdf form and mail a check to ADSA Headquarters.
Please take a minute to help the Foundation support educational programs and students!
LDHM Conference Registration is Open
Registration is now open for the Large Dairy Herd Management conference to be held May 1-4, 2016 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL.  This conference is designed to provide an opportunity for authors to obtain feedback on the chapter papers developed for the Large Dairy Herd Management e-Book. The program will be designed so attendees can participate in the sessions of most interest to them. It includes 96 sessions that are organized around the 15 e-Book sections. For a full list of topics and editors visit the conference website.  Key stakeholders in the international dairy science community will want to be a part of the conversation about the above topics that impact large dairy herd management. This includes but is not limited to dairy extension specialists, researchers, dairy educators, consultants, allied industry representatives, and dairy producers. A range of sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
ADSA asks "Did you know" about our varied "Member Savings"?
A well-known and frequently used benefit of membership is electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science � (JDS�), but membership also provides a variety of other cost saving opportunities. 
Meeting Registration - Your professional membership provides savings for all ADSA related meetings you attend. Often the savings from one meeting will more than cover your investment in membership.  Here are a few examples:
Publications - Our best known publication is "the Journal", but ADSA offers a variety of other publications for purchase.  You can check them out by clicking here.  Here are some of your potential savings:
  • ADSA Publications - $15 to $60 per publication
  • S-PAC - $75 for Professional Members
Note: In many cases savings for Graduate and Undergraduate students are even larger.
Thank you for being a member of ADSA!  We look forward to your continued membership through the coming year If you are not yet a member, now is a great time to join and begin gaining all the benefits of membership.  Click here to join or

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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 June 1, 2017, ADSA will comp your registration to the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting that will be held June 25 to 28, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.  It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.
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                                 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
Jan 12, 2016     Cornell University - Vat Pasteurization Workshop, Sohha Savory Yogurt, Astoria, NY, For more information contact Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098, click here for registration
Jan 5, 2016     Diagnosing and Monitoring Ketosis in Dairy Herds- Webinar with Dr. Garrett Oetzel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, For more information and to register click here
Jan 18-19, 2016     Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference: The Riverside Hotel, Boise Idaho, visit the
Jan 19, 2016     Hyperketonemia Treatment at the Individual Cow and Herd Level- Webinar with Dr. Jessica McArt, Cornell University, For more information and to register click here
Jan. 20-21, 2016      Antimicrobial Stewardship: Policy, Education and Economics Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C,  Fore more information click here.
Feb 15-17, 2016      Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium*,  Gainesville, FL, For more information click here.
Feb 16-18, 2016     Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training - Preventive Controls for Human Food, Stocking Hall Conference Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information contact:  Kim Bukowski, Ph 607-254-3313 or Louise Felker, Ph 607-255-7098
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 17-19, 2016     2016 Southwest Nutrition Conference, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference, Tempe, AZ, For more information click here
Feb 17-19, 2016     VSFA Convention and VT DASC "Cow College"*, Roanoke, VA, For more information click here
Feb 23, 2016  Vermont Dairy Producers Conference, For more information click here
Feb 23-24, 2016     Specialty Cheese Course, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, NY, For more information contact Rob Ralyea 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker 607-255-7098
Feb. 25-26, 2016      USDA Ag Outlook Conference - Transforming Agriculture: Blending Technology and Tradition, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel,  Arlington, VA,  for information about the Forum and to register, go to
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
March 7-8, 2016     NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Association Meeting, Double Tree Hotel, Syracuse, NY, For more information contact  Janene Lucia, Ph
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
Mar 30-31, 2016     Pathogen Environmental Monitoring Workshop, Cornell University.  For more information contact Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
April 5-7, 2016     Membrane Filtration, Separation, and Concentration Technologies, Cornell University, For more information contact Steve Murphy, Ph: 607-255-2893 or Louise Felker, Ph: 607-255-709
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
April 12-14, 2016     (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop in Association with NYS Agric. & Markets, Cornell University, For more information contact Steve Murphy, Ph: 607-255-2893 or Louise Felker , PH: 607-255-7098
Apr18 - 20, 2016     Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center,  Fort Wayne, IN, For more information click here
May 1-4, 2016     Large Dairy Herd Management (LDHM) Conference, Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL, For more information click here
May 24-25, 2016     Basic Dairy Science & Sanitation Workshop, Online and Cornell University,  For more information contact Kim Bukowski Ph: 607-254-3313 or Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
June 7-8, 2016     Science of Yogurt & Fermented Dairy Products Workshop (Basic), On-line and Cornell University, For more information contact Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
June 15-16, 2016     4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA, contact Jim Salfer, U of MN, [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
July 3-8, 2016     World Buiatrics Congress 2016, Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland, For more information click here.
July 12-14, 2016     High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop
in association with NYS Agriculture and Markets, Cornell University, For more information contact
Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
July 18-21, 2016     Certified Milk Inspector's School in Association with NY State
Agriculture & Markets
, Cornell University, For more information contact
Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098, Course Syllabus  , Required Course of NYS-CMIs
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
Aug 15-18, 2016     Food Safety Systems (HACCP) and Implementing SQF, Cornell University, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Sept 11-13, 2016     NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Assoc. Annual Fall Meeting, Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen NY, For more information contact Janene Lucia, Ph: 607-227-5833
Sept 14-15, 2016     Advanced Fluid Milk Cornell University, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Sept 20-22, 2016      NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Conference/FDA NE Regional Update, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, NY For more information contact Janene Lucia, Ph: 607-227-5833
Oct 4-8, 2016     50th World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. For more information click here
Oct 11-13, 2016     High Temperature Short Time (HTST) Pasteurizer Workshop, Cornell University, For more information contact Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
Oct 19-20, 2016     Advanced Cheese Making, Cornell University, For more information contact Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph:  607-255-7098
Oct 20-26, 2016     120th IUSAHA- AAVLD Annual Meeting , Greensboro Sheraton Hotel. Greensboro, NC, For more information click here
Oct 25-26, 2016     Vat Pasteurization/Basic Cheese Making Workshop, On-line and Cornell University, For more information contact Rob Ralyea Ph: 607-255-7643 or Louise Felker Ph:  607-255-7098
Nov 1-4, 2016    31st ADSA Discover Conference: Big Data Dairy Management,  Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL, For more information click here
Dec 6-7, 2016     Food Safety Plans for Artisan and Farmstead Processors, Online & Hands-On Location TBD, For more information contact Kimberly Bukowski Ph: 607-243-3313 or  Louise Felker Ph: 607-255-7098
June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA.  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.
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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

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