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Dairy group endorses TPP deal
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) voted Tuesday to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a historic pact among 12 countries containing features that will help America's dairy farmers in the future. The organization is now urging Congress to pass the agreement this year, even as it also registered concerns with another major trade pact being negotiated with the Europe Union.
In addition to adopting a resolution of support for TPP, the NMPF board expressed its opposition today to moving forward with the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) in light of Europe's continued refusal to remove barriers to U.S. dairy exports.
"Taken in its entirety, the TPP agreement is positive for the U.S. dairy industry," said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. "Although it achieves less than we wanted in terms of throwing open new markets in Japan and Canada, I am particularly pleased that we did not concede to a huge surge in new imports."
NMPF's position reflects a detailed assessment of the entire package conducted by the staffs of both NMPF and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
Cargill cuts 20% of shared-class antibiotics from beef cattle
Cargill announced March 8 that it is eliminating 20% of shared-class antibiotics - those deemed important for human medicine and farm animals - from its four feedyards in Texas, Kansas and Colorado and four additional feedyards operated by Friona Industries, a strategic business partner that supplies Cargill with cattle.
The total number of cattle involved annually is approximately 1.2 million head.
This move comes after Cargill evaluated both existing third-party research and research the company previously conducted regarding reduced antibiotic use and took customer and consumer input into consideration. For the beef cattle this announcement concerns, Cargill does not use any antibiotics for growth promotion that are medically important for human health.
"Our decision to eliminate 20% of the antibiotics used in our beef cattle (that) are also used for human health took into consideration customer and consumer desires to help ensure the long-term medical effectiveness of antibiotics for both people and animals," said John Keating, president of Cargill's Wichita, Kan.-based beef business. "We need to balance those desires with our commitment to ensure the health of animals raised for food, which contributes to the production of safer food."
USDA ready to step up to handle tough food labeling decisions
Over the past few weeks, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has continued to make a case for Congress to step up and fix the patchwork of state or local food labeling laws. While speaking at the National Farmers Union convention and Commodity Classic in recent days, he has upped the ante and said the U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to step in if needed.
Vilsack has taken it upon himself in recent months to try to reach a compromise on biotech food labeling among the industry. After seven hours and no compromise, he has now taken it upon himself to help push Congress along in its efforts. Last summer, the House passed a bill that would pre-empt state efforts and set up a voluntary biotech labeling system similar to the organic labeling system administered by USDA.
In the Senate, key Democrats have said only a mandatory labeling system will do. Two different proposals have been formally introduced in the past two weeks. The first, from Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.), would direct USDA to set up nationwide standards for voluntary disclosure of biotech ingredients. Those nationwide standards would pre-empt biotech labeling laws at the state and local levels, including Vermont's law, which takes effect July 1. The bill also directs USDA to provide science-based education and outreach about biotechnology, in coordination with other federal agencies.
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Dairy experts from around the world have been selected to prepare and present chapter papers for this comprehensive and essential resource. The LDHM project is being led by Dave Beede, C. E. Meadows Endowed Chair of Dairy Management and Nutrition, Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. Publication of the e-book is anticipated in early 2017.
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Key Leadership Changes at FDA
Over the last few weeks, major leadership changes have been announced at the Food and Drug Administration. On February 24th, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as the new Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Califf served as the FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco from February 2015 until his appointment as commissioner in February 2016. Prior to joining FDA, he was professor of medicine and vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at Duke University. Carliff also served as director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute and founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He takes over FDA at a time with the agency is working on a number of high profile issues important to the food and agriculture sector including implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, antibiotic resistance and GMO labeling.
Also in late February, Dr. Bernadette Dunham announced that she would be leaving the role of Director for the Center of Veterinary Medicine. She has served as Director since 2008 and provided strong leadership to the agency during her tenure. Dr. Dunham will leave in April to participate in a One Health collaborative effort between the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and the FDA. An FDA release on her transition can be found here.
Finally, on March 8th, Mike Taylor announced that he will be stepping down as Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Taylor served in this role since 2010 and have been instrumental in the agency's effort to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. He will be leaving the agency in June 2016. Dr. Stephen Ostroff will become the assume the role of Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine upon Mr. Taylor's departure. Dr. Ostroff recently served as acting commissioner while Robert Califf was awaiting confirmation.
The ADSA Graduate Student Division is continuing their webinar series with an exciting and informative webinar by Dr. Michael Steele concerning gastrointestinal development of calves. This webinar is open to all ADSA members!
Thursday, March 17 at 1:30 pm CDT
Nutritional Regulation of Gastrointestinal Development of the Calf
Dr. Michael Steele
REGISTER HERE for Thursday's webinar that will be presented by Dr. Steele of the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. Steele completed his BS (nutrition and physiology), MS (animal nutrition), and PhD (animal and poultry science) degrees at the University of Guelph. His research interests have focused on the importance of nutrition and its influences on gastrointestinal health and function in lactating dairy cattle and calves.
Please join us in making this webinar a success! Don't forget that pre-registration is required. The webinar will include a 45-minute presentation followed by a live question and answer session. A recording of the webinar will be made available following the live event. It can be found, along with all of our previous webinar recordings, on the GSD Webinar Recordings and GSD Pioneers in Dairy Science webpages.
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May 10-11, 2016 Applied Dairy Chemistry, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
May 15-19, 2016 "Membrane & Other Separation Technologies" short course, sponsored by Food Protein R&D Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. For registration and more information, click here.
May 20-21, 2016 The Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium: Intersection of Best Practices and Sustainability. Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. For registration and 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 7-9, 2016 Cheese Grading Short Course, Babcock Hall, 2605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
June 15-16, 2016 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA, contact Jim Salfer, U of MN, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 20-24, 2016 13th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis*, Nantes, France, For more information click here
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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 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 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
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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
Aug 17-18, 2016 2016 Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference*, Embassy Suites, Grapevine, TX. For registration and more information, click here.
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 13-14, 2016 Master Artisan Short Course Series, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
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 21-22, 2016 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference*, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 3-7, 2016 Cheese Tech Short Course, Babcock Hall Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
Oct 4-8, 2016 50th World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. For more information click here
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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
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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
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Nov 30-Dec 2, 2016 Ice Cream Makers Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, 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
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