New acting animal care deputy named

Bernadette Juarez has been named the new acting deputy administrator for the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Animal Care (AC) program by APHIS administrator Kevin Shea.

Juarez will lead the program's many employees in protecting and ensuring the welfare of millions of animals nationwide that are covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Horse Protection Act (HPA).

In a letter to stakeholders, Shea said Juarez will also oversee the collaborative work done at AC's Center for Animal Welfare, building critical partnerships domestically and internationally while seeking to improve regulatory practices and develop training and educational resources.

Juarez is replacing Dr. Chester Gipson, who retired on Jan. 1 after more than 13 years as AC's deputy administrator. 

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Chipotle subpoenaed in federal criminal investigation of outbreak

Things continue to worsen for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., according to the company's Jan. 6 Securities & Exchange Commission filing. The company not only reported that fourth-quarter 2015 sales were expected to be down 14.6%, but it also said it was recently subpoenaed in a federal criminal investigation for a norovirus outbreak that occurred in California.

"In December 2015, Chipotle was served with a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in connection with an official criminal investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, in conjunction with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations," the company said in the filing.

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Europe proposes CERN-type system for ag science

The Large Hadron Collider, a.k.a. CERN, found success in a simple idea: Invest in a laboratory that no one institution could sustain on its own, and then make it accessible for physicists around the world. Astronomers have done the same with telescopes, while neuroscientists are collaborating to build brain imaging observatories.

Now, in the Jan. 5 edition of Trends in Plant Science, agricultural researchers present their vision for how a similar idea could work for them.

Rather than a single laboratory, the authors want to open a network of research stations across Europe - from a field in Scotland to an outpost in Sicily. Not only would this provide investigators with easy access to a range of different soil properties, temperatures and atmospheric conditions to study plant/crop growth, the authors said it would allow more expensive equipment (for example, open-field installations to create artificial levels of carbon dioxide) to be a shared resource.
Study finds school lunch standards working

A new study found that after the new school lunch standards were implemented, the nutritional value of foods chosen by students increased by 29%. It also found that, despite claims to the contrary, participation in the school lunch program did not differ significantly after the new national standards were implemented.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation conducted a study to assess changes in the energy and nutrient density of 1.7 million school meals and the meal participation rates before and after implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which took effect at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. The act updated the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program to align with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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ADSA News and Happenings
USDA, HHA Release New Dietary Guidelines
On December 7th, the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.  The guidelines had come under fire for controversial provisions being considered that were critical of the meat industry.  The guidelines advisory committee had recommended the inclusion of environmental sustainability as a consideration and cited concerns about the environmental impact of animal agriculture.  The advisory committee also suggested dropping lean meat from recommendations for a healthy diet. 
However, in the final version, USDA and HHS stuck to recommendations related to diet and nutrition and did not include provisions related to environmental sustainability.  The new version also maintains the recommendation that lean meat is part of a healthy diet.  The guidelines also include recommendations for the inclusion of fat free or low-fat dairy in the diet.  Animal industry groups commended USDA and HHS for sticking to diet and nutrition and acknowledging the science supporting the inclusion of lean meats in a healthy diet.
Highlights of the dietary guidelines can be found below: 
1.             Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. All food and beverage choices matter. Choose a healthy eating pattern at an appropriate calorie level to help achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, support nutrient adequacy, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
2.             Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount. To meet nutrient needs within calorie limits, choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all food groups in recommended amounts.
3.             Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake. Consume an eating pattern low in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. Cut back on foods and beverages higher in these components to amounts that fit within healthy eating patterns.
4.             Shift to healthier food and beverage choices. Choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages across and within all food groups in place of less healthy choices. Consider cultural and personal preferences to make these shifts easier to accomplish and maintain.
5.             Support healthy eating patterns for all. Everyone has a role in helping to create and support healthy eating patterns in multiple settings nationwide, from home to school to work to communities.
A healthy eating pattern includes:
  • *         A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups-dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
  • *         Fruits, especially whole fruits
  • *         Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
  • *         Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
  • *         A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products
  • *         Oils
A healthy eating pattern limits:
  • *         Saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium
Key Recommendations that are quantitative are provided for several components of the diet that should be limited. These components are of particular public health concern in the United States, and the specified limits can help individuals achieve healthy eating patterns within calorie limits:
  • *         Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars[2]
  • *         Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats[3]
  • *         Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium[4]
  • *         If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation-up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men-and only by adults of legal drinking age.
A copy of the guidelines can be found here.
A New Home for the FASS 2010 Ag Guide
Champaign, IL. - January 8, 2016 - FASS® published the third edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS Ag Guide) in 2010.  Under an agreement between ADSA®, ASAS, and PSA full copyright of the 2010 edition was transferred to the American Dairy Science Association®, the American Society of Animal Science, and the Poultry Science Association on January 1, 2016.
The FASS Ag Guide serves as a primary reference document for meeting the needs and requirements of agricultural animals utilized in research and teaching. The first edition was published in 1988, and the first revised edition was published in 1999. The third edition differs from the past editions in several meaningful ways. For the first time, the FASS Ag Guide was made available online at no cost to readers.  Chapters were added to address species handling and transportation and environmental enrichment strategies. The authors of the third edition included experts in each species and in animal care and use, including animal scientists, veterinarians, teachers, and engineers. Each contributor was chosen for their prominence and contributions in various fields of animal sciences for inclusion into this most recent edition. The FASS Ag Guide was subjected to peer review and public comment prior to release.
The Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching is now available for free download (as a PDF) at . Either the entire "Ag Guide" or individual chapters may be downloaded.
ADSA asks:  Did You Know about the Recorded Symposia?
As part of our ongoing effort to increase awareness of benefits associated with being a member of ADSA, this week we highlight ADSA's joint annual meeting synchronized, recorded symposia library.  Included in your membership dues is access to a treasure trove of synchronized, recorded symposia from past joint annual meetings.  Members have access to all Joint Annual Meeting (American Dairy Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, and for some years, Poultry Science Association) recorded symposia, starting in 2003. Several recorded symposia are added to the collection each year.
To access these symposia, just click Member e-product portal from the dropdown menu under Membership on the black menu bar at the top of the ADSA home page, then click Recorded Symposia from that drop down menu and click the "Click here for direct access to joint annual meeting recorded symposia." link at the bottom of the section. 
ADSA records a production and a dairy foods symposium at each JAM. There are now over 60 symposia in the collection and available for use!  The following were recorded at the 2015 JAM in Orlando:
*               Dairy Foods Symposium: Advances in bacterial exopolysaccharides-From production to applications in dairy foods and health
*               Multidisciplinary and International Leadership Keynote (MILK) Symposium: Global dairy perspective-Production, processing, people, politics, and priorities
*               Dairy Foods Symposium:  Processing and ingredient innovations to grow fluid milk sales
To visit the library now, click here.   
Thank you for being a member of ADSA!  If you forgot to renew your ADSA membership you can still do it.  To continue to receive all your member benefits throughout the coming year click to renew today. If you are not already a member we hope that you find the many ADSA benefits of interest.  Now is a great time to join and take advantage of all these  benefits. In order to serve our members, and potential members more efficiently, we are continuing to offer online dues renewal. We look forward to your membership and participation through the coming year. Click here to join or
A Present from ADSA to begin the New Year
The ADSA® Board is pleased to announce that the Journal of Dairy Science now has 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 features subsections for the first time. Dairy Foods, the section that receives the most submissions, is now 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 has been renamed Dairy Industry Today, but its scope remains 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
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.
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 .
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 1,480 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,
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