USDA seeks NAREEE advisory board nominations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the opening of the solicitation for nominations to fill vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board and its subcommittees. There is one vacancy on the NAREEE Advisory Board; nine vacancies on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council; three vacancies on the Specialty Crop Committee; and eight vacancies on the Citrus Disease Subcommittee. DATES: All nomination materials should be submitted in a single, complete package and received or postmarked by April 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: The nominee's name, resume or CV, completed and signed Form AD-755, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods: (1) Email (preferred) to; (2) By fax to 202-720-6199; or (3) By mail delivery service to: REE Advisory Board Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 332-A, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250- 2255.
For more information visit the committee website:
Report shows ag research funding can supercharge U.S. industry
A newly released report shows how U.S. farmers - facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks - can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded agricultural research but warns that more investment in agricultural research is needed to prevent falling further behind China.

According to the report issued by the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation and 20 FedByScience research institutions, agricultural research and development (R&D) funding has an estimated return on investment of 20 to 1. While other federal research investments have grown, however, the report said U.S. agricultural research funding has stagnated. China, on the hand, invests nearly twice as much as the U.S. in agricultural science.

ERS, NIFA move focus of House hearing
In a House agriculture appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued to defend, while past administrators and agency officials opposed, USDA's plans on relocating the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) outside of the National Capital Region and the ERS realignment under the purview of the Office of the Chief Economist.

Kristin Boswell, senior advisor to the secretary of agriculture, tried to alleviate concerns brought by the handful of representatives who questioned her. She said USDA remains confident that both ERS and NIFA can remain objective and trusted sources of information if moved outside the Washington, D.C., region and gave the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as an example, with its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

FDA issues revised Q&A on VFD regulation  
On March 27, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a draft revised guidance for industry (GFI) #120, "Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions & Answers."

FDA said the guidance is intended to aid industry in complying with the requirements of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule published in June 2015 and serves as a "Small Entity Compliance Guide."
According to FDA, the updated version of draft revised GFI #120 enhances and expands upon the previous version released in September 2015 by adding 53 new questions and answers (Q&As) and revising 14 Q&As on a wide range of topics related to the VFD final rule.

ADSA News and Happenings
ADSA Joins in call for increased support for USDA in FY20 Budget
ADSA and FASS joined other members of the Animal Ag Coalition in a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations and Ag Appropriations subcommittees supporting research, animal health and food safety programs in the FY20 budget. The letter noted that funding through the Agriculture Subcommittee plays a vital role in our daily lives by ensuring a safe and plentiful food supply, defending America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases, and advancing agriculture research. This and other coalition letters that ADSA has joined may be found in the Advocacy section of the ADSA website

Teaching Workshop at 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting
Continuing our series of ADSA Annual Meeting teaching workshops, the  2019 Teaching Workshop: Planning, Implementation and Evaluating Classroom Discussion  will take place on Sunday afternoon, June 23 (space is limited, so register soon). The facilitator for the workshop is Michel Wattiaux (University of Wisconsin-Madison). The workshop will be followed by a teaching symposium on Monday, June 24.
Discussion is one way to engage our students in critical thinking in the classroom. Unfortunately, most instructors have limited experience with planning, implementing, and engaging students in effective classroom discussions. In 2019 Teaching Workshop, we will review the educational psychology literature, discuss various techniques (think-pair-share, Socratic seminar, jigsaw, debate, and structured academic controversy), and learn how to assess the effectiveness of classroom discussions. Whether you have taught for decades or you are at the beginning of your teaching career, this workshop will help you reconsider your approach to engaging students in higher levels of learning and provide you with practical tips to improve the effectiveness of your classroom discussions. If you teach, this valuable content is made for you. Register for the workshop today to secure your space.
Click here for the complete symposia and workshop program at ADSA 2019.
Online registration  for the 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting is now open. For those who prefer to register using a paper form, a printable PDF of the registration brochure and registration form is available online as well. Nonmembers may join ADSA now to attend the meeting for only $495.00 (must be a member and register online by 11:59 pm CDT on May 30). Join now and enjoy the great benefits of membership through December 31, 2019!
The ADSA Annual Meeting will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Interbull Annual Meeting will be held at the nearby Hilton Netherland Plaza. Hotel room blocks have been secured at discounted rates for our attendees at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (ADSA HQ), Hilton Netherland Plaza (Interbull HQ), Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites (student HQ), and the Westin Cincinnati. You can book your room online now.
We have created a world-class dairy science program for you, in a lively, convenient, easy-to-reach city, so please make your plans now to join us in Cincinnati from June 23 to 26. Don't miss the most comprehensive dairy science meeting in the world!
Important ADSA 2019 Annual Meeting Deadlines:
Housing: May 23
Early registration: May 30
An added benefit, your registration will include 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC).
Need ARPAS CEUs? The ADSA Annual Meeting has been approved for up to 21 ARPAS continuing education units (CEUs)
Thank you and we hope to see you in Cincinnati!
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Help them benefit from the shared resource concept and the 275 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, 2019, ADSA will comp your registration to the 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting that will be held June 23 to 26, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH.  It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.

LDHM is now available by the Section
The Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed.) book can now be purchased by the section. The ADSA® Foundation made this change to allow purchase of portions of the book for dairy science classes and for professionals with a particular focus.
You can preview and purchase the Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed. e-book) at:  
This peer-reviewed book was developed to help meet the growing information needs of dairy farmers, service professionals, and students worldwide. It brings dairy science and management information to users in an accessible, easy-to-use format. The full e-book includes 97 chapters in 15 sections; the individual sections listed below can now be purchased in lieu of the full book at rates for ADSA members ($15/section) and nonmembers ($20/section).
  • Building Sustainability and Capacity
  • Large Herd Systems
  • Facilities and Environment
  • Milk Markets and Marketing
  • Genetic Selection Programs and Breeding Strategies
  • Calves and Replacements
  • Reproduction and Reproductive Management
  • Nutrition and Nutritional Management
  • Lactation and Milking Systems
  • Mastitis and Milk Quality
  • Animal and Herd Welfare
  • Herd Health
  • Business, Economic Analysis, and Decision-Making
  • Effectively Managing Farm Employees
  • Precision Management Technologies 
ADSA® on Linked In continues to Grow - Are you included?
Our ADSA Linked In group now includes 1,645 members from around the world, are you one of them? It's a great place to get information about ADSA and industry activities as well as to network with other dairy professionals from around the world.  Check it out here.   While on "Linked In" check out the ADSA Graduate Student Division (GSD) as well. You can find their page at

This conference will build upon the successes of fatty acid Discover Conferences from the last decade, serving as an update and comprehensive review and discussion of fatty acids in the current decade. The conference will draw on current data and identify both gaps in knowledge and opportunities to apply the current information.
Topics/Themes for the meeting include:

* Feed Lipid Supply
* Managing Fatty Acid in the Rumen
* Fatty Acid Digestibility
* Biological Effects of Fatty Acids
* Milk Fat: Processing and Product Quality    

Registration is open and filling fast. Attendance is limited, so register soon. Early registration discounts end on April 30, 2019, ARPAS has assigned 18 CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 36th Discover Conference Click here to view the Conference Program and register.

This conference will focus on the latest developments in understanding how specific feeds or compounds alter animal performance through immune stimulation, microbial modification, metabolic regulation, and inflammation reduction. Conference
Conference Topics will Include:

*                 Microbial Modification
*                 Innate Immunity
*                 Adaptive Immunity
*                 Redox Potential and Cellular Stress
*                 Research Methodology and Application

Registration is now open. Attendance is limited, so register soon. Click here to view the Conference Program and register.

ARPAS has assigned 16 CEUs, based on contact hours and content, for ARPAS members in attendance at the 37th Discover Conference.

As an added bonus, your registration for Discover Conferences includes 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC).

Calendar of Events
April 9-10, 2019  Accredited HACCP Workshop, Cornell University, 148 Stocking Hall. For more information, click here .

April 9-11, 2019    Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) Annual Conference: "Joining forces. Reaching higher", Madison Marriott West, Middleton, WI, For more information click here
April 10, 2019  National Animal Nutrition Program (NANP) Summit 2019 - Producing Food with Animals: Sustainability, efficiency, and security in the National Academy of Scient, Washington, DC. Click here to register.

April 15-17, 2019   Congress on Gastrointestinal Function', Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, For more information click here
April 16 - 18, 2018   Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference*, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN, Click here for additional details
Apr 22-26, 2019  World of Cheese from Pasture to Plate, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
April 23-25, 2019   HTST/UHT Pasteurizer School, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit
April 26, 2019  2 PM CDT  Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRD) webinar. "Feeding strategies to support health and fertility during the transition period." Jose Eduardo P. Santos, University of Florida, for registration and more information email DCRC at
May 1, 2019  HACCP Workshop, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
May 2-Jul 25, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, visit
May 5-7, 2019  ADPI/ABI Annual Conference, Chicago Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL. "Where the dairy industry does business," for registration and more information,
May 8-10, 2019  ADPA Dairy Ingredients 360 Short Course. InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL. For more information,
May 15-16, 2019  The 2019 Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada (ANCC), Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada. For more information and registration, click here .
May 28-31, 2019    36th ADSA Discover Conference * - Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat, Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL. Registration and other meeting details are available by clicking here..
May 29-30, 2019  4th Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium, Kissimmee, FL. For more information and registration click here.

June 4-6, 2019  Cheese Grading, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
June 12-13, 2019   4 State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, The Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. Click here for conference information
June 18-20, 2019    2nd International Conference on Precision Dairy Farming, Rochester, MN, For more information visit 
June 23-26, 2019   2019 ADSA Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, Click here for additional details
Sept 4-Nov 27, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, visit
Sept 10-11, 2019  Cultured Products, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Sept 17-19, 2019  Master Artisan Course, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Sept 24-26, 2019  Penn State Cultured Dairy Products Short Course, Penn State University, University Park, PA. For more information, visit
Oct 7-11, 2019  Cheese Technology, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Oct 22-23, 2019  Dairy Ingredient Applications, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Oct 24-25, 2019  Dairy Protein Beverages, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Oct 24-30, 2019    USAHA 123rd Annual Meeting*, Rhode Island Convention Center - Providence, RI, Click here for more details
Oct 28-31, 2019   37th ADSA Discover Conference  - Natural Bioactives in Dairy Production: Science, Functions and the Future, Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL Click here for more information.
Oct 29-31, 2019  Pasteurizer Operators Workshop, Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State. For more information and registration, visit
Nov. 5-6, 2019    Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here for more information
Nov 6-8, 2019  Cheese Grading, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Dec 10-12, 2019  Making Consistent, Quality Cheese with Concentrated Milk, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit

Nov. 11-12, 2020.    Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here
 for more information
*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.

Thanks to our Corporate Sustaining Members
                                 We appreciate your ongoing support of ADSA and the  Journal of Dairy Science ®.

Ag Processing Inc.
Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
Dairy Nutrition Plus
Darling Ingredients Inc.
Diamond V
Global Agri-Trade Corporation
Grande Cheese Company
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Quali Tech, Inc.
Renaissance Nutrition Inc.
Zook Nutrition & Management Inc.
ADSA Membership Benefits                                  
Did you know that your ADSA Professional Membership, which is the least expensive of all national animal-related professional societies, includes all of the following benefits with no additional fees, charges or suggested donations?

*        Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science®
*        ADSA Annual Meeting registration at reduced member rates
*        Discover Conference registration at reduced member rates
*      Large Dairy Herd Management 3rd edition e-book at reduced member rates
*        S-PAC: Free access to ADSA Annual Meeting, past JAM and ADSA divisional abstracts
*        S-PAC subscription at reduced member rates
*      A strong voice of advocacy for the animal sciences, animal agriculture and research
*        Access to ADSA's large and growing recorded symposia library       
*        ADSA News (semi-annual association newsletter)
*        ADSA Dair e-news (ADSA weekly industry newsletter)
*        Access to member directory
*        Peer recognition through ADSA, Foundation and Sponsored Award Program
*        Discounted page charges in Journal of Dairy Science®
*        Broad author recognition through ADSA/Elsevier press release program
*        Linked In and You Tube sites for ADSA
*        Quality networking with academic, government 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:

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