Child nutrition reauthorization advances

The Senate Agriculture Committee forged a bipartisan agreement as it advanced a bill at a business meeting Wednesday morning to reauthorize child nutrition programs for five years. The programs, which had expired Sept. 30, govern the national school lunch and breakfast programs.
The committee unanimously reported out the bill, which now goes to the Senate floor for a debate and a vote. The whole-committee approach was touted in such a way that the bill wasn't even brought forward as a "chairman's mark" but instead as a "committee print" since it reflects the efforts of every member on the committee.
"This bipartisan legislation is a true compromise. Not everyone got everything they wanted, but a lot of folks have a lot to be happy about," Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) said.
Deputy secretary Harden to depart USDA 

Agriculture deputy secretary Krysta Harden announced Thursday plans to depart the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the end of February 2016. Harden has been a key member of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's team since 2009.

Vilsack announced that Michael Scuse, the current undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services (FFAS), will serve as acting deputy secretary of agriculture. Vilsack also directed Alexis Taylor, the current deputy undersecretary for FFAS, to assume the duties of undersecretary for FFAS.

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Global feed production just shy of 1b tons

Results from the "2016 Global Feed Survey" - released Jan. 22 by Alltech - estimate that international feed tonnage is now at 995.5 million metric tons, a 1.5% increase over 2014 and a 14% increase since Alltech first published global feed survey results in 2011.

The analysis of five-year trends showed growth predominantly from the pig, poultry and aqua feed sectors and intensification of production in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe.

"The feed industry is an excellent barometer of economic health and, based on our five years of data, predicts economic growth more accurately than many other indices," said Alltech chief innovation officer Aidan Connolly, who headed up the initiative to conduct the survey.

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ADSA News and Happenings
Forum on Antimicrobial Stewardship Held in Washington, DC
On January 20-21, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), Farm Foundation and the Economic Research Service held a form entitled "Antimicrobial Stewardship: Policy, Education and Economics."  The forum was attended by approximately 150 representatives from government, academia, industry and non-governmental organizations.  FASS Washington Representative Lowell Randel participated in the meeting.
Speakers included high level officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as well as representatives from universities and the private sector.  Much discussion centered around the government's recent actions to improve antimicrobial stewardship including the President's Executive Order on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, the government's National Action Plan, and FDA's Veterinary Feed Directive and related guidance.
In addition, the Farm Foundation and APLU/AAVMC discussed their recent activities related to antibiotic resistance.  The Farm Foundation recently conducted a series of 12 regional educational workshops to provide livestock producers, feed suppliers, veterinarians and support service organizations about recent policy changes.  The results of these workshops can be found on the Farm Foundation website
APLU and AAVMC reported on the results of their joint Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture.  The task force produced a document outlining recommendations for education, outreach and research.  A copy of the report can be found here.  The Farm Foundation, APLU and AAVMC all indicated plans to continue work to address the complex issue of antimicrobial stewardship.  It is anticipated that additional meetings will be held in different regions around the country to increase awareness and identify ways to address the recommendations contained in the reports.
Congratulations to our ADSA Loyalty Rewards recipients
To recognize loyal ADSA members who are core contributing authors to the Journal of Dairy Science«, ADSA is continuing the Member-Author Loyalty Rewards Program begun in 2014. Corresponding authors who have been members of ADSA for at least 5 consecutive years, have published at least 4 articles in the 3 most recent complete volumes, and are active reviewers for the journal qualify automatically. The recipients listed below are acknowledged for having published papers in volumes 96, 97, and 98 (2013-2015) of the Journal of Dairy Science. Recipients are exempt from page charges (up to 10 pages) for one article published or accepted in the year following the qualifying period (2016 for the 2013-2015 period).
ADSA recognizes and thanks the following ADSA members for their significant contributions to, and support of, the Journal of Dairy Science, ADSA, and the global dairy industry.

Susan Duncan
ADSA President, 2015-2016

Matthew C. Lucy
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dairy Science
Adegbola T. Adesogan
Mariza Albenzio
Michael S. Allen
Kayanush Aryana
Alex Bach
David M. Barbano
Chaouki Benchaar
Jeffrey M. Bewley
Rodrigo C. Bicalho
Gerd Bobe
Barry Bradford
Rupert M. Bruckmaier
Victor E. Cabrera
Gerardo Caja
Ronaldo L. A. Cerri
Ricardo C. Chebel
Stephanie Clark
Wayne K. Coblentz
Robert Collier
Dave Combs
Milena Corredig
Geoffrey Dahl
Rodolfo de la Sota
Trevor DeVries
James K. Drackley
MaryAnne Drake
Jocelyn Dubuc
Todd F. Duffield
Marcia I. Endres
Jong-Su Eun
Veerle Fievez
Jeffrey L. Firkins
Paul M. Fricke
Klibs N. Galvao
Sandra M. Godden
Harald M. Hammon
Mark D. Hanigan
Kevin J. Harvatine
Jud Heinrichs
Wolfgang Heuwieser
Alex N. Hristov
Pekka Huhtanen
David Kelton
Hasan Khatib
Paul J. Kononoff
Bjorn Kuhla
Limin Kung Jr.
Pierre Lacasse
Helene Lapierre
Noah B. Litherland
Jian-Xin Liu
Adam L. Lock
Juan J. Loor
John A. Lucey
Matthew C. Lucy
Donald McMahon
Masahito Oba
Thomas R. Overton
Jennie Pryce
John R. Roche
Pamela L. Ruegg
JosÚ E. P. Santos
Nagendra P. Shah
Randy D. Shaver
Diane M. Spurlock
Jeff S. Stevenson
Cassandra B. Tucker
Marina von Keyserlingk
Daniel M. Weary
William P. Weiss
Milo C. Wiltbank
Peiqiang Yu
ADSA« asks:  Did You Know ADSA Has a "You Tube" Channel?
One of the ways that ADSA is sharing information with the public and members is through our You Tube Channel "ADSANews".  It includes a combination of original videos provided by the Graduate Student Division and others shared by members. We provide a portal where information is available about dairy departments and clubs, the JAM and other dairy topics.  We currently have 38 videos included in eight "Playlists". Our current "Playlists" are:
  • Dairy Clubs
  • Dairy Departments
  • Dairy Foods
  • Dairy Management
  • JAM 2013
  • JAM 2014
  • Milk Quality
  • Antibiotic Use
Thanks to all who have shared their videos with us.  If you have others you would like to have included, please contact Ken Olson Ph.D., PAS
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

Join us for the LDHM Conference
The "Large Dairy Herd Management" (LDHM) book has been a trusted resource for dairy producers and advisors for decades and a staple in universities' upper level dairy management courses.   The last update, released in 1992, is still a good resource, but dairy production practices and management tools have changed significantly since that time.  In view of continuing interest in the 2nd edition (1992) of LDHM and requests for an update, the ADSA« Foundation has undertaken publication of a 3rd edition (eBook) of LDHM led by Dave Beede.
As a first step in creating this comprehensive and essential resource, dairy experts from around the world have been selected to prepare and present chapter papers at the LDHM Conference that will be held May 1-4, 2016 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook IL. Final publication of the e-Book is anticipated in 2017. We invite and encourage you to be a part of this important project that will benefit the dairy industry years for years to come.
The Conference is designed to provide an opportunity to share information on the topics in the e-Book and for authors to obtain feedback on the chapter papers they have developed. The program is designed so attendees will be able to participate in the sessions of most interest to them.  The format will be different from your typical conference in that there will be multiple concurrent sessions organized around the e-Book sections topics (click here to see the list of sections).
Why should you attend?
  • You will learn about the views of other industry leaders on the future of large dairy herd management as you help shape an important educational tool for the dairy industry.
  • Conference/ e-Book topics are applicable to producers/managers of large dairy herds and you will be the first to see the information. 
  • You will have access to global experts on 96 large herd topics (click here to see the list of topics) during the 2 1/2-day Conference including the opportunity to ask questions, provide suggestions and engage in discussions during sessions and breaks.
  • You will have opportunities for discussions and interactions with other large dairy herd producers and professional advisors from around the US and the world.
  • There will be opportunities to visit with representatives of major global dairy support businesses and technical services.
  • ADDITIONAL BENEFIT - The ADSA Foundation has just added another benefit for attending.  Included with your registration will be a free 90 day trial of S-PAC. For current subscribers, you will have 90 days added to the length of your subscription
Remember, the program is designed so that you can participate in the sessions of greatest interest to you, selecting from among the 8 concurrent sessions that will take place.  The whole content from the Conference will be organized into an e-Book available from ADSA to the global dairy industry in spring of 2017.
Registration and more information is available on the conference website .  Register soon as the deadline for early registration discounts is March 15, 2016.
S-PAC Grows Again
We are pleased to announce the addition of Proceedings from the 2014 and 2015 Southern Dairy Conference to S-PAC. Subscribers now have 24/7 access to a total of 537 proceedings from 57 Conferences.  Visit our website for a complete list of conferences.   If you are not already a subscriber, today is a great time to join.  A subscription discount is another of your ADSA member benefits.
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 1,490 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
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
Mar 1-2, 2016   The High Plains Dairy Conference*, Overton Hotel, Lubbock, TX, For more information, click here.

Mar 7-8, 2016
     NYS Cheese Manufacturers' Association Meeting, Double Tree Hotel, Syracuse, NY, For more information contact  Janene Lucia, Ph

Mar 8-9, 2016  The Southern Dairy Conference*, Atlanta, GA. For more information, click here.
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
June 21-23, 2016  Precision Dairy Farming 2016, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. 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