Vet food-safety lab gets $1.9m boost for toxicology testing

The California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System, based at the University of California-Davis, has received a $1.89 million, five-year grant from the federal Food Emergency Response Network to support its food-safety efforts.

The new grant will increase the capacity of the lab's toxicology services to respond to contamination threats to the U.S. food supply involving food animals and to carry out day-to-day diagnostic and early detection activities.

"Without the network's support, we could not provide many of the current analytical toxicology services that are vital to protecting the food supply and ensuring public health," said Robert Poppenga, a toxicologist at the UC-Davis lab.

Mixed outlook for 2016 grain prices

Corn prices could head higher in 2016 but the outlook for soybeans is less certain, according to a new analysis by Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt.

Writing in the latest issue of the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, Hurt forecasted a stronger market for corn after early-season flooding in 2015 damaged some Indiana crops.

"Corn prices are expected to increase in the winter and next spring by at least enough to cover on-farm storage costs," Hurt noted. "Eastern Corn Belt basis levels are expected to remain very strong, especially in Indiana where low yields were dominant in the northern two-thirds of the state."

According to Hurt's projections, cash prices for corn could reach the low-$4 range per bushel in coming months at processing plants and perhaps go as high as $4.40 per bushel in summer.

CDCB completes transition of services from USDA

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Genomics & Improvement Laboratory (AGIL) signed a non-funded cooperative agreement with the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) to transition U.S. dairy cattle genetic evaluations from AGIL to CDCB.

The effective date of the agreement was Dec. 17, 2013, and in the two years since, CDCB worked on becoming self-sufficient in computer resources and staffing with the capacity to run the genetic evaluations, provide the dairy management benchmarks and maintain the industry cooperative database.

According to CDCB, the transition was completed Dec. 11, and all data processing for genetic evaluations is now being conducted by six permanent staff and two contractors at the CDCB headquarters in Bowie, Md., on servers and a database owned and maintained by CDCB.

Zoetis divests certain sites, products to Huvepharma

Zoetis signed an asset purchase agreement Dec. 19 with Huvepharma, a European animal health company, for the divestment by Zoetis of two manufacturing sites in the U.S.: Laurinburg, N.C., and Longmont, Colo.

According to a Dec. 22 filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), pursuant to the agreement, Huvepharma will also assume the assets and operations and, subject to approval from the lessor, the lease of a Zoetis manufacturing and distribution site in Van Buren, Ark.

Zoetis said its employees at all three sites will transfer to Huvepharma.

The agreement also provides for the divestment by Zoetis of a portfolio of products, most of which are associated with the Laurinburg, Longmont and Van Buren sites. These products include medicated feed additives, water-soluble therapeutics and nutritionals for livestock sold in the U.S. and international markets.

ADSA News and Happenings
Wishing you a Great New Year
As we approach the end of 2015 we give thanks for a great year and want to say "Thank You" for your support.  We wish you a Happy and Successful New Year.
A Present from ADSA to begin the New Year
The ADSA� Board is pleased to announce that the Journal of Dairy Science will have new sections beginning with the January 2016 issue. We invite you to view the new sections by browsing the January issue, which has been made freely accessible to all readers.
The journal has expanded from four science sections to six subsections in dairy foods and six subsections in dairy production to further distinguish content.
The Table of Contents will feature subsections for the first time. Dairy Foods, the section that receives the most submissions, will now be subdivided into six, more specific content areas: Processing and Engineering; Chemistry and Materials Science; Microbiology and Safety; Bioactivity and Human Health; Sensory Analysis; and Resources and Environment.
The new dairy production sections include Physiology; Management and Economics; Health, Behavior, and Well-being; Animal Nutrition; Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics; and Resources and Environment. Our Industry Today will be renamed Dairy Industry Today, but its scope will remain the same.
Thank you to Dr. Matthew Lucy, editor-in-chief; the Section Editors, and the Journal Management Committee for their work to refine the journal sections. Read the full press release.
Susan E. Duncan, PhD, RD
ADSA President
S-PAC Grows Again
We are pleased to announce the addition of add Proceedings of the 2014 and 2015 California Animal Nutrition Conference (CANC) to S-PAC. Subscribers now have 24/7 access to 535 proceeding from 57 conferences.  Visit for a complete list of current conference.  If you are already a subscriber, "Thank You".  If you are not, just click on the "Subscribe to S-PAC" button and put it to work for you in 2016. New proceedings will be added throughout the year making it an even better investment with each one.
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 the wide range of Networking Opportunities available to members?
As a professional in the dairy industry it is more important than ever to network with both your domestic and international peers.  ADSA provides both "Face to Face" and "Electronic" opportunities to do this.  The JAM offers both formal planned events and informal hallway and after hours opportunities to meet with scientists, government officials and industry leaders from North America and more than50 countries from around the world. The exhibit area and poster sessions at the JAM are other great places to meet and make connections. 92% of attendees surveyed at past JAMs told us they made one or more new contacts they planned to follow up with and 96% found one or more new ideas to take home and use in their work.  While the JAM is the largest ADSA event, other opportunities abound.  The Discover Conferences provide great opportunities to network with others who have a strong interest in the same areas you do.   ADSA also has a booth at World Dairy Expo.  Volunteer to help with the booth at the 2016 Expo.  It is a great opportunity to make connections with producers and industry personnel.  Visitors and vendors from around the world attend, so it is another great place to expand your network.  On the electronic front, the ADSA� group on Linked In now has nearly 1,500 members from around the world.  It provides an opportunity to start or join discussions and is another way that you can make connections, this one without leaving your office. 
Put your membership to work and expand your personal network through the varied opportunities ADSA provides.   Not a member, or haven't yet renewed for 2016? Click here, complete the form and gain all the benefits of membership.
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
Would you like to help the animal and dairy science community and attend the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting for free?
Referrals are the most tried-and-true way businesses grow, and the same is true for FASS. Do you know a colleague working with an animal science group that is in need of high-quality, cost-effective support services? Help them out by referring them to Jamie Ritter, FASS Executive Director at [email protected] .
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.
Are You Part of ADSA� on Linked In
Our ADSA Linked In group continues to grow. We now include 1,472 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
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.
If you would like to have an event included in the "Dates to Note," please contact Ken Olson.

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:
To join now and gain these member benefits, visit:

American Dairy Science Association
1800 South Oak St., Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820