USDA purchases $20m in cheese

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million lb. of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years.

The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy producers, whose revenues have dropped 35% over the past two years.

"We understand that the nation's dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions and that food banks continue to see strong demand for assistance," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "This commodity purchase is part of a robust, comprehensive safety net that will help reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high while, at the same time, moving a high-protein food to the tables of those most in need. USDA will continue to look for ways within its authorities to tackle food insecurity and provide for added stability in the marketplace."

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USDA launches food group nutrition quizzes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion (CNPP) - the group that created MyPlate - just released a set of quizzes on the five food groups. The quizzes, designed to challenge teach, and even entertain, are intended for anyone - who wants to learn about the food groups or wants a refresher.

USDA's food groups have been around for about 75 years. Although the current names of the food groups - fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy - have changed slightly over time, the food groups were key components of MyPyramid (2005), the Food Guide Pyramid (1992), Food Wheel (1984), Hassle-Free Daily Food Guide (1979), Basic Four (1956) and Basic Seven (1940).

"Food groups make it easier to learn about nutrition and plan healthy meals," CNPP nutritionist David Herring noted. "Each food group provides specific nutrients that our bodies need, so instead of trying to track dozens of nutrients, you can just focus on getting the five groups."

USDA seeks comment on revising carcass beef grades

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on whether or not to amend the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to include dentition and documentation of actual age as an additional determination of maturity grouping for official quality grading.

Currently, the beef standards include only skeletal and muscular evidence as a determination of maturity grouping. The proposed changes would allow carcasses of grain-fed steers and heifers determined to be fewer than 30 months old either by dentition or by documentation of actual age to be included in the youngest maturity group (a maturity grouping) for carcasses recognized as "beef," regardless of skeletal evidences of maturity.

AMS commodity standards are designed to facilitate the orderly marketing of U.S. agricultural products. The official USDA beef quality grades, including USDA Prime, USDA Choice and USDA Select, have considerable consumer recognition and are a major value determining factor for the cattle and beef supply chain. At any time, AMS may consider changes to its official grade standards to ensure that they continue to serve their intended purpose.

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Beliefs influence how consumers think meat tastes

Our beliefs about how farm animals are raised can shape our meat eating experience, according to findings of a new study led by Lisa Feldman Barrett, university distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern University.

For the study, Barrett and co-author Eric Anderson, paired identical meat samples with different descriptions and then reported on participants' eating experiences. They found that meat samples paired with descriptions of animals raised in inhumane conditions looked, smelled and tasted less pleasant to study participants than meat samples paired with descriptions of animals raised on humane farms.

Participants' beliefs also influenced their perceived flavor of the meat and the amount of meat they consumed, suggesting that beliefs can actually influence eating behavior.

The findings, published Aug. 24 in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, align with an emerging body of research that shows that our beliefs can influence how we evaluate food.

Wine, for instance, tastes better if we think it's expensive - even if we've been told it's a fine vintage but it's really a cheap knockoff from a corner store.

ADSA News and Happenings

Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health Launches Second Real Science Initiative
Balchem Corporation has announced the second year offering of the grant-based research program, the Real Science Initiative. The program will offer funding to university and related research institutes to support new research projects in animal nutrition, performance and health. Grant pre-proposals must be submitted by October 1, 2016. Complete details about the program are available at Potential areas of research may include:
  • New applications of existing products, new product concepts, or new delivery technologies that will result in improved efficacy of nutrient utilization in livestock production.
  • Increase the understanding of the linkage between nutrition and the immune system to facilitate the design of dietary regimes that will reduce disease susceptibility in livestock and optimize the production of safe and nutritious food products.
  • Increase the understanding of ruminal nitrogen metabolism and metabolizable amino acid requirements to improve protein efficiency in ruminants.
  • Increase the understanding of choline metabolism, including interactions between choline and other nutrients involved in one carbon metabolism in transition and lactating cows.
Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically to by 5:00 p.m. EDT on October 1, 2016. 
USDA Announces Stakeholder Webinar Series on Animal Health Research Priorities
On August 24th, USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) announced a series of webinars to solicit stakeholder input on animal research priorities. The webinars will be used to identify, discuss, and prioritize the most pressing research, education and extension needs for animal health research. 
The webinar series will cover 13 different topics ranging from specific species to crosscutting issues.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and slots are limited.  Where possible, USDA requests that multiple participants at the same location register only once and join the webinar as a group to make the best use of the available slots. After the webinar a recording and copy of the slides will be made available. 
USDA is also seeking input prior to the webinars.  USDA is asking stakeholders to provide their top five animal health issues are via email to  Please include the webinar topic in the subject line.  All comments received by September 30, 2016 will be reviewed and incorporated into the discussion.  Please limit your submission to 500 characters as only the first 500 characters will be reviewed. 
Even if you are unable to attend the webinar, USDA encourages stakeholders to provide input on what they consider are the top 5 animal health issues, including information on: where the largest gaps of knowledge lie;  what types of research, education or extension questions need to be answered; and what tools are needed to address the knowledge gaps and what research is needed to develop such tools.
More information about the webinar series can be found by clicking here.
Attention: Animal Science Companies! - Are You Looking for Way to Thank Your Best Customers?
S-PAC (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) is the largest online collection of proceedings from animal-related conferences in the world.  It allows subscribers from across the globe to access 560 proceedings from 59 of the top animal-related conferences worldwide-and it is constantly growing (visit to view a full listing of current conferences).  It turns conference proceedings from a book on your shelf, a CD on your desk, or a file hiding somewhere on the Internet to a comprehensive source of valuable, highly searchable information available whenever you need it. Users can search every article in the database in a single pass for exactly the information they need. It is a great tool for anyone in the industry, and its value increases every time new proceedings and conferences are added to the collection.
Does this sound like a resource that you would like to share with your best customers?
ADSA now provides an easy and affordable way for you to do that-the S-PAC Bundle. You can now purchase a bundle of subscriptions to distribute to your customers to show them how much you appreciate their business ... and they will keep you in mind as they use S-PAC!  Here are the basics:
Determine which bundle best meets your needs (multiple bundles may be purchased):
  • 25 subscriptions at $60* each:             total cost = $1,500
  • 50 subscriptions at $55 each:              total cost = $2,750
  • 100 subscriptions at $45 each:            total cost = $4,500
*Note: The ADSA individual member rate is $75 and the non-member rate is $150, so buying bundled subscriptions provides a considerable savings!
Then go to  to place your order.   A pdf with your bundle's unique access codes will sent to you as a pdf, suitable for printing on business card stock, for easy distribution.  The individual to whom you give S-PAC will use the code to activate their S-PAC subscription (ADSA membership is not required to activate subscriptions), which runs for 365 days from date of activation. There is nothing else you need do except know that you will stand out and be remembered and appreciated by your most valuable customers. 
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Large Dairy Herd Management Conference Recordings available
Synchronized PowerPoint® presentations from the Large Dairy Herd Management conference, hosted by the ADSA Foundation at the Hilton Oakbrook Hills Resort and Conference Center, Oak Brook, IL May 1-4, 2016, are now available for sale to all interested individuals.  They provide an opportunity to get a preview of the upcoming e- book and are a great resource for use in the classroom or industry meetings. Ninety four presentations, each representing one chapter in the Large Dairy Herd Management, 3rd Edition, are grouped into the fifteen sections planned for the e-book.  The e-book is scheduled for release in early 2017.  The sections are:
  • Large Herd Systems - Steven P. Washburn, North Carolina State University
  • Building Sustainability and Capacity - Dave Beede, Michigan State University
  • Facilities and Environment - Joseph M. Zulovich, University of
  • Missouri & Joseph P. Harner, Kansas State University
  • Milk Markets and Marketing - Normand R. St-Pierre, The Ohio State University
  • Genetic Selection Programs and Breeding Strategies - Kent A. Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Calves and Replacements - Robert E. James, Virginia Tech
  • Reproduction and Reproductive Management - William W. Thatcher, University of Florida
  • Nutrition and Nutritional Management - Richard J. Grant & Heather M. Dann, William H. Miner Agricultural Research - Institute
  • Lactation and Milking Systems - Rupert M. Bruckmaier, - University of Bern
  • Mastitis and Milk Quality - Joseph S. Hogan, The Ohio State - University/OARDC
  • Animal and Herd Welfare - Trevor DeVries, University of - Guelph
  • Herd Health - Carlos A. Risco, University of Florida
  • Business, Economic Analysis, Decision-Making - Albert De Vries, University of Florida
  • Effectively Managing Farm Employees - Stanley J. Moore & Phillip T. Durst, Michigan State University
  • Precision Management Technologies - Jeffrey M. Bewley, University of Kentucky
The presentations provide an overview of the content planned for each chapter.  The entire set, or one or more sections, can be viewed without limitation for one year, from date of subscription.
To get the latest information on Large Dairy Herd Management, 3rd Edition, subscribe now at
Make Your Plans to Attend the 
Discover Conference:
Big Data Dairy Management

The availability of increasingly powerful computers and new technologies provides new business management opportunities in many fields.  In the last few years, most large companies have embraced the concept of "big data" techniques as part of their management strategy. The dairy industry remains a perfect application of decision science and big data because: (1) it is characterized by considerable price, weather and biological variation, and uncertainty, (2) technologies, such as those that monitor dairy cow yield, physiology, and behaviour are easily available, (3) and the primary output, fluid milk, is difficult to differentiate, increasing the need for alternative means of business differentiation.  Big data represents a potential management breakthrough for the dairy industry.  Various industry and academic players have been working within this area without a venue to discuss overall strategies and opportunities.  The Discover conference, that will be held November 1-4, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Centre in Oak Brook, Illinois, will provide such a venue.
Tentative Conference Themes are:
*               What is Big Data?
*               How is it being used in other industries
*               Big data analysis techniques
*               Data integration and visualization
*               Sensor data use and management
Visit for more details and registration.  For Companies wanting to be part of the action, sponsorship opportunities are available.  Click here or e-mail  for more information.

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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 1,566 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.

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                                 We appreciate your ongoing support of ADSA and the Journal of Dairy Science®.

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Calendar of Events

Aug 30-Sept 1, 2016   Advanced Fluid Milk Packaged for Consumption Workshop, Food Science Conference Center, 148 Stocking Hall, Cornell Campus, Ithaca, NY, To register click here
Sept 6-8, 2016   Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, FDA Regional Field Office, Jamaica NY, For more information click here
Sept 7- Nov 23, 2016    2nd Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research Certificate in Dairy Processing short course. For registration, directions and accommodations please visit:
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 11-14, 2016.   WATER Technologies Short Course - Process & Reuse Water, Wastewater & Desalination, TIPS building, Texas A&M University Campus, College Station, TX For more information click here
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 15, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, CCOF Foundation- Organic Dairy Healthcare Webinar. For more information/ registration:
Sept 15-17, 2016    American Association of Bovine Practitioners*, 49th Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, For more information and registration click here
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
Sept 21-22, 2016    77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference*, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN, For more information and registration click here
Sept 27-28, 2016    American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) Dairy Ingredient Seminar, Fess Parker Doubletree, Santa Barbara, CA for more information visit
Sept 27-29, 2016    2016 International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA  For more information 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 - 6, 2016     Introduction to Dairy Processing and Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 4-6, 2016          Preventive Controls for Human Food - Individual training, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension, NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets Office, Albany NY , For more information click here
Oct 4-8, 2016          50th World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. For more information click here
Oct 11-13, 2016      Preventive Controls for Human Foods Workshop, Penn State Department of Food Science, University Park, For more information click here
Oct 11-12, 2016      Dairy Ingredient Manufacturing, Babcock Hall, Room 205, 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 13-19, 2016      120th IUSAHA- AAVLD Annual Meeting, Greensboro Sheraton Hotel, Greensboro, NC, For more information click here.
Oct 18-20, 2016      78th Annual Cornell Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers, Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY, For more information and registration click here
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 19 - 20, 2016    HTST Maintenance Workshop, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, 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 - 26, 2016    Advanced Clean In Place (CIP), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. For more information and registration, click here.
Oct 25 - 26, 2016    American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) Technical Symposium, The Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI for more information visit
Oct 25-27, 2016      Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Penn State University, Food Science Building, Curtain and Bigler Roads, University Park, PA  16802, For detail on the workshop and a registration information click here.
Oct 25-30, 2016      American Dairy Goat Association Convention, Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, Austin, Texas. For more information contact ADGA, PO Box 865, Spindale, NC 28160, 828-286-3801
Oct 27, 2016    American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) Lactose Seminar, The Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI for more information visit
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 2-4, 2016         Dairy Risk Management Seminar, Chicago, IL for more information visit
Nov 2-5, 2016       SAVE COWS Symposium: Promote Foot Health - The Solution to Animal Welfare, Madison, Wis. For more information and to register, 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 9-10, 2016       Pennsylvania Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, For more information 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 4, 2016                            The 4th Annual Meeting of the Multistate Research Project, NE1201 - "Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals (MDA), Chicago Marriott Downtown - 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (in conjunction with the CRWAD conference, ), for more information contact Robab Katani at ( or Ken Olson (
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
Jan18-19, 2017      Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference*, Red Lion Hotel-Richland, Richland, WA, For registration and more information click here
Feb 21, 2017           Vermont Dairy Producer's Conference*, Sheraton-Burlington Conference Center, Burlington, VT, For registration and more information click here
Feb 21-23, 2017     Preventive Controls for Human Foods Workshop, Penn State Department of Food Science, University Park, For more information click here
Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2017             Western Dairy Management Conference*, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, NV, For more information and registration click here
Mar 7 - 10, 2017     35th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar*, Sheraton Red Deer, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, For more information and registration click here
Apr 17 - 19, 2017    Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN, For more information and registration click here
Apr 23 - 25, 2017   ADPI/ABI Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, For more information visit
May 10 - 11, 2017   California Animal Nutrition Conference (CANC)*,  For more information click here
May 30-June 1, 2017   32nd ADSA Discover Conference - Replacement Dairy Heifers: Weaning through Lactation, Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, IL. For more information, click here.

June 25-28, 2017 2017 ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Pittsburgh, PA.  For more information
click here
Sept 17 - 20, 2017 International Whey Conference, Chicago, IL, For more information visit

Oct 24 - 26, 2017   Global Cheese Technology Forum, Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV, for more information visit

June 24-27, 2018   ADSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Knoxville, TN. 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:
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Included are invited symposia and special pre- and post-conference events. 

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