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180-day checkup on antibiotic resistance plan
In the first 180 days following the release of the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) National Action Plan, the U.S. government has taken steps to improve antibiotic stewardship and reporting and to increase information-gathering capacities across animal and human health settings in order to advance development of rapid diagnostics and to accelerate research on new antibiotics and antibiotic alternatives.
The findings are summarized in a draft report on the initial assessments of the CARB National Action Plan released March 31.
The first goal is to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections.
In animal health, antibiotic stewardship efforts focused on the implementation of a strategy to promote judicious use of antibiotics in animal agriculture by eliminating the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion in food-producing animals and bringing other uses of these drugs under veterinary supervision. In early June, the Food & Drug Administration finalized important changes to its Veterinary Feed Directive regulation to facilitate the process of bringing the use of medically important antibiotics in feed under the oversight of a veterinarian.
USDA announces $5.2m for nanotech research
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced March 30 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests and more.
The awards were made through USDA's Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the nation's competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences.
"Nano-scale science, engineering and technology are key pieces of our investment in innovation to ensure an adequate and safe food supply for a growing global population," Vilsack said. "The President's 2017 budget calls for full funding of (AFRI) so that USDA can continue to support important projects like these."
Rabobank: South American beef exports to rise
South America's beef exporters are set to increase exports by an estimated 11% in 2016, supported by favorable currency values, improved access to importing countries and increased availability of beef, according to Rabobank's newly released "Beef Quarterly Q1 2016" report.
"While Brazilian consumers are seeing their purchasing power decline, local beef prices remain high," the report notes.
On the supply side, Rabobank said high calf prices, driven by low calf availability, have encouraged cattle producers to keep cows rather than cull them. The country's weaker currency has also made beef from Brazil very competitive in international markets, and strong global demand has pushed local market prices higher. The resulting high domestic beef prices have pushed consumers towards cheaper competing proteins, such as poultry, freeing up additional beef for exports, Rabobank noted.
FAS opens market opportunities for U.S. dairy cattle in Pakistan
U.S. dairy cows are back in Pakistan for the first time in 17 years. More than 300 heifers arrived in Punjab province on March 2, thanks to the efforts of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). It hopes the shipment will be the first of many from the U.S. and will provide a better breed of cow for the rapidly growing Pakistani dairy industry.
Most of the dairy cows have been purchased by commercial dairy farms, but 73 Holsteins in the shipment will be delivered to a new model dairy farm established by FAS to support the growing Pakistani dairy industry and create new opportunities for U.S. exporters.
"Pakistan is among the world's largest dairy producers and is a great opportunity for U.S. exporters," FAS noted. "Most Pakistani dairy production comes from small, traditional farms, but modern, commercial dairies are starting to come on line, as are high-yield livestock management practices."
Teaching how to communicate ag hot topics more effectively
Major issues threaten American agriculture, but few outside the industry understand the gravity of these problems. University of Florida students are learning how to tell these stories.
The National Institute of Food & Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, awarded a $296,000 grant to the University of Florida, Texas Tech University and Colorado State University to teach students how to increase their awareness and knowledge about controversial topics in agriculture and natural resources. That way, they can think more critically about such hot-button topics - including genetically modified organisms and climate change - and, thus, communicate more effectively about them, said Ricky Telg, a University of Florida professor of agricultural education and communication.
The grant will help future agriculture leaders know how to communicate more effectively and hopefully educate the general public about how these challenges could, for example, destroy Florida's $10.7 billion citrus industry, spread viruses like chikungunya and dengue, increase water pollution and lead to greater rates of obesity. Educating the general public about these challenges will help people understand how agricultural and natural resource issues are intertwined.
The Large Dairy Herd Management Conference is just a month away, are you coming?
The Large Dairy Herd Management Conference is only a month away. It will be held May 1 - 4, 2016 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, Illinois. This is a "one of a kind" opportunity, so make your plans to be there. It will be a great conference. In addition to the cutting edge information that will be shared, networking opportunities will abound. Over 450 people have already registered. Participants come from 21 countries, 33 states, 37 universities, and 157 companies!
Here are a few items of interest about the conferece:
1-day registration option is available
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You can choose from 94 presentations,
Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Meets in DC
The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria met in Washington, DC on March 30-31. The Advisory Council heard reports from five working groups including: Antibiotic Stewardship; One Health Surveillance; Diagnostic Innovations; Treatment, Prevention and Control Research and Development; and International Collaboration on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). The council considered a report which outlines recommendations related to human medicine and government implementation of the national action plan. Recommendations address issues including:
- Phasing out antibiotic use for growth promotion in food animals
- Increased veterinary oversight
- Enhanced surveillance
- Educational outreach
- Development of alternatives
The plan is drawing some criticism from public health interest groups because they believe the effort should include specific targets for the reduction of antibiotic use in animal agriculture. More information on the Advisory Council meeting can be found here.
NAS Appoints Committee to Study Future of Biotechnology
On March 22nd, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced that it has provisionally named 13 people to serve on a committee to study the "Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System". The study is designed to answer the following questions:
"What will the likely future products of biotechnology be over the next 5-10 years?"
"What scientific capabilities, tools, and/or expertise may be needed by the regulatory agencies to ensure they make efficient and sound evaluations of the likely future products of biotechnology?"
According to the Statement of Task, the committee will:
- Describe the major advances and the potential new types of biotechnology products likely to emerge over the next 5-10 years.
- Describe the existing risk analysis system for biotechnology products including, but perhaps not limited to, risk analyses developed and used by EPA, USDA, and FDA, and describe each agency's authorities as they pertain to the products of biotechnology.
- Determine whether potential future products could pose different types of risks relative to existing products and organisms. Where appropriate, identify areas in which the risks or lack of risks relating to the products of biotechnology are well understood.
- Indicate what scientific capabilities, tools, and expertise may be useful to the regulatory agencies to support oversight of potential future products of biotechnology.
The committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting on April 18th. More information on the study can be found here.
Artisanal Mexican cheeses
Artisanal cheeses are a link to the history and culture of their place of origin, but some may vanish without further study, say experts in the Journal of Dairy Science�
Philadelphia, PA, April 1, 2016 - Artisanal cheesemaking is an important industry in Mexico, but many varieties of artisanal Mexican cheeses are in danger of disappearing because they have not been adequately documented. A team of dairy science experts is working to prevent that loss by collecting the information needed to standardize, protect, and preserve traditional artisanal production processes and to seek protected designation of origin (PDO) status for those that qualify. Their review is published in Articles in Press and will appear in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science�. (MORE)
New York to Host Premier Educational Event for Dairy Students
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. - The Dairy Challenge� and Dairy Challenge Academy will bring together nearly 250 students in Liverpool, New York, April 7-9, 2016. Students will come from 39 colleges from across the U.S. and two Canadian provinces, to put their textbook knowledge to work by evaluating a dairy operation and developing recommendations. The event is the largest gathering of college students pursuing a dairy career.
"Dairy Challenge is the premier program educating tomorrow's dairy leaders," said Barry Putnam of Cargill Animal Nutrition and chair of the upcoming event. "We are excited to showcase New York's vibrant dairy industry through this event that reaches hundreds of dairy students and industry professionals."
This year, 128 students will compete in the national contest and 121 students will participate in the Dairy Challenge Academy. Between the national contest and Academy, collegiate participants will visit six dairy farms in the surrounding Syracuse area. This is the second year in a row that Dairy Challenge has been held in New York. (MORE)
S-PAC Grows and Adds a New Feature
We are pleased to announce the addition of proceedings from the 2016 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium to S-PAC. Subscribers now have 24/7 access to 548 proceedings from 58 of the top dairy related conferences in the world via S-PAC. Visit https://spac.adsa.org/ for a complete list of conferences. As a result of a suggestion by one of our users, a new feature has also been added. A drop-down box is now available in the Advanced Search that allows users to select the number of results per page (10, 25, or 50) that you would like to see. We hope you find it helpful. If you are not already a S-PAC subscriber, now is a great time to join. Just click on the "Subscribe to S-PAC" button and put the power of this great information resource to work for you. A subscription discount is one of your ADSA Member benefits.
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|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 6, 2016 52nd Florida Dairy Production Conference*, Alto Straughn, IFAS Extension Professional Development Center, Gainesville, FL. For more information and registration, click here.
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
April 13, 2016 2016 Herd Health & Nutrition Conference*, Holiday Inn, Liverpool/Syracuse, NY. For registration and more information click here.
April 14, 2016 2016 Herd Health & Nutrition Conference*, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, South Burlington, VT. For registration and more information, click here.
April 13-14, 2016 "REAL Sustainability," Real Engagement in Agricultural Livelihoods, Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa. For registration and more information, click here.
April 18 - 20, 2016 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN, For more information click here
April 25-29, 2016 World of Cheese from Pasture to Plate, Babcock Hall, Room 2015, UW-Madison, Madison, WI. 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 3, 2016 Wisconsin Cleaning & Sanitation Workshop, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, Wis. For more information,
May 4, 2016 HACCP Workshop, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
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 18-20, 2016 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport - Mall of America, Bloomington, MN, 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
May 24-25, 2016 IDFA's 2016 Milk and Cultured Dairy Conference, Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. For more information and registration, click here.
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, [email protected]
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 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
Aug 2-3, 2016 Milk Pasteurization, Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison, WI. 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
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
Oct 11-12, 2016 Dairy Ingredient Manufacturing, Babcock Hall, Room 2015, 1605 Linden Dr., 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
Oct 25-27, 2016 Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Food Science Building, Curtain and Bigler Roads, University Park, PA 16802. For details on the workshop and registration information, click here.
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
Nov 2-4, 2016 Cheese Grading Short Course, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 1605 Linden Dr., Madison WI, For more information click here
Nov 7-10, 2016 The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course, Rodney A.Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA. For more information and registration, click here.
Nov 10-11, 2016 2016 DCRC Annual Meeting, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, For registration and more information click here
Nov 14-16, 2016 Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals*, St. Louis, MO. For more information and registration click here.
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
June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information click here
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