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Ag immigration bill advances out of House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation - the Farm Workforce Modernization Act - Wednesday originally to reform the U.S. immigration system for farmworkers in a bipartisan vote of 260 to 165.
Although there was widespread support from many agricultural interests, the bill faces an uncertain path forward in the Senate as the largest farm organization as well as the Administration does not support the bill in its current form.
Team finds bovine kobuvirus in U.S.
A virus that afflicts cattle originally discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the U.S., researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, according to an announcement from the University of Illinois.
Bovine kobuvirus is fairly new to science, so its ill effects are not fully understood. It belongs to a family of viruses known as Picornaviridae, which includes rhinovirus, a source of head colds and sinus infections in humans, and poliovirus, which causes polio, the university said.
Animal-free dairy startup secures $140m in funding round
Perfect Day, a global leader in the research, development and production of flora-based (animal-free) dairy, announced it has raised $140 million in a Series C funding round, led by Temasek and with substantial involvement from past investors.
China phase one deal reached
Friday morning both President Trump and China announced a deal had been reached between the two nations to limit tariff increases by the United States in exchange for a promise on increased agricultural purchases as well as energy and manufactured goods. A date has not been set to sign the deal, but it offers good news moving forward for agriculture.
USMCA Senate vote not expected until after impeachment
After months of negotiations between the administration, House Democrats, and the Mexican government, the U.S. Trade Representative's submitted legislative text and accompanying material to Congress of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Yet, it appears a final vote in the Senate will not come in 2019.
ADSA Members - It's Time to Renew
ADSA asks "Did you know" we are your "Voice for Science"?
ADSA is committed to being the "Voice of Science" for the dairy industry. Through ADSA's relationship with the
FASS, science policy team we provide a powerful and influential voice, advocating for the animal sciences and animal agriculture. Through FASS we:
- Are represented in Washington DC as well as at other events and meetings throughout the country by the FASS Science Policy Coordinator Dr. Ken Olson. Monthly Updates are provided to ADSA and all FASS animal science clients.
- As noted above we advocated for animals agriculture research in the 2018 Farm Bill and now advocate for research funding through the appropriations process.
- Participate in "Lunch and Learn" seminars to provide congressional staff with information on the value of research and the need for funding.
- Serve on the Board and Research Outreach Committee of the National Coalition for Agricultural Research and as a member of the Animal Agriculture Coalition, helping to assure that animal research priorities have a strong voice in budget and future Farm Bill discussions.
ADSA and FASS, working through formal and informal
coalitions, share information with legislators, regulators, funders and the public about the value of agricultural research and the need for funding to support that work. Copies of recent coalition letters are available on our website for information and use by members and the public.
spokesperson program works to ensure that consumers, policy makers and producers have accurate science based information available to make decisions. Members receive training. are available and do respond to questions from print, electronic, broadcast and social media, They also coordinate in responding to misinformation being shared through any of these venues. Regular contact with trade publications enhances coverage of research by ADSA members and introduces it to producers and processors. Our collaboration with Elsevier to produce and distribute press releases on JDS articles of high consumer interest expands dissemination of our reach beyond the science and agricultural communities to the business community and the general public. All of these activities serve to raise the visibility of ADSA and dairy science.
Thank you for being a member of ADSA! If you are not yet a member, now is a great time to join and begin gaining the
benefits of membership. Remember ADSA Professional dues are only $110 per year. They have not increased since 2000 and are the lowest professional dues of all animal science societies. Click here to renew or join.
FASS Science Policy Statements Updated
The FASS Science Policy Committee has recently updated Policy Statements on:
- Climate Change
- Nutrition and Health Provided by Animal Products
- Policy: Ensuring Food Security through Research, Extension and Education
Click here to view these and other policy statements.
Thanks to the hard work of the ADSA members who submitted proposals, the program committee chairs, and the chairs of the special and invited symposia and workshops, the Overall Program Committee is pleased to present the
2020 Annual Meeting symposia and workshop schedule. Please note that the schedule is still subject to change.
Continuing in 2020, we are extending the meeting through Wednesday evening!
We have some top-notch sessions planned through the end of Wednesday, so please plan now to stay for Wednesday afternoon sessions and other additional Wednesday programming!
2020 ADSA Annual Meeting program page has been updated to include the starting lineup of symposia and workshops for each day, along with descriptions of each. Additional information, such as speakers and talk titles, is being finalized. We will update this page regularly with additions and confirmed speakers, so please check back often.
This meeting is packed with dairy science from Sunday through Wednesday, and we hope you can be there for all of it!
We have several amazing hotels selected in West Palm Beach. The housing site for you to book your reservations will open in December 2019, and registration will open in early February 2020. Abstract submissions are being accepted
online now. If you want to host an event in West Palm Beach, please let us know by using the online form.
We look forward to your participation in the most comprehensive global dairy science meeting in the world, June 21 through 24, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Please be sure to visit the
2020 Annual Meeting website for updates and help spread the word about this landmark meeting.
Here's your opportunity to nominate one of your colleagues for an ADSA award! Others, including the nominee, are able to assist you in assembling the nomination materials.
If you nominated someone last year and you wish to re-nominate them, you may log in to your account and easily resubmit the information with any necessary modifications.
Communication with nominators and nominees will be via email. Accurate email addresses are necessary. Nominators will be notified by email after initial verification of the nominee is completed in January 2020 so that the biographical and supporting materials (part 2 of the process) can be submitted by the second deadline of February 17, 2020.
If you need any assistance, please contact Morgan Montgomery (phone: 217-356-5146, ext. 156; email:
Thank you for your continued support of the ADSA awards program.
Would you like to help the animal and dairy science community and attend the 2020 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 Jeremy Holzner, FASS Executive Director at
Help them benefit from the shared resource concept and the 270+ 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, 2020, ADSA will comp your registration to the
2020 ADSA Annual Meeting that will be held June 21 to 24, 2020 in West Palm Beach, FL. It's win-win-win. For more information about services offered by FASS, click here.
Automation in the Dairy Industry
Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itacsa, IL
May 11-13, 2020
The 38th Discover Conference will have an abbreviated format from Monday noon to Wednesday noon. The program will bring together researchers, industry partners, producers, and government to discuss current and future technologies and best management practices for success.
Conference Topics Under Consideration
* Overview of Automation on Dairy Farms
* Robotic / Automated Milking
* Automated Feeding Systems
* The Future of Automation
Click here to register. The cost of registration postmarked by April 11, 2020 is $375 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $425 for non-members. This includes all sessions and most meals. After April 11, the registration fee will be $475 member/$525 non-member. Registration will be accepted on an availability basis.
- From Physiology to Management
October 26-29, 2020
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
39th ADSA Discover Conference will focus on scientific advancements made in the last 10 years and feature discussion of unanswered questions and controversies about the transition period. Small group discussions will be woven into the program, including focused discussions with the speakers. The program will bridge from the fundamental science to its application.
Potential Conference Topics include:
- Metabolism of cows in the transition period
- Feed intake regulation; energy balance
- Nutritional strategies including methyl donor supplementation
- Calcium metabolism and nutrition; assessing and preventing hypocalcemia
- Feeding fresh cows
- Applying animal behavior science to transition period management and grouping
- Impacts and mitigation of heat stress
- Understanding and regulating periparturient immune function and inflammation
- Monitoring systems and technologies
Registration postmarked by September 28, 2020 is $375 for ADSAARPAS members and $425 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After September 28, the registration fee will be $475 member/$525 non-member. Registration will be accepted on an availability basis. Your registration includes 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC). For details visit
LDHM is available by the Section
The Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed.) book can now be purchased either as a complete book or 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.
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 1,666 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.
Jan 13-14, 2019 2020 Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, The Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho. Click here for more information.
Jan 28-31,2020 59th NMC Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. For registration and more information, visit http://bit.ly/NMC2020farmtour
Feb 3-5, 2020 31st Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel, Gainesville, FL. For more information and registration click here.
Feb 4-5 and Feb 25-26, 2020 Supercharge Your Food Business for Financial Success, CDR-UW Madison. For more information, visit https://www.shortcourses/boot_camp_20
Feb 5, 2020 Foster Our Future 2020, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC. For registration and more information, click here.
Feb 5-7, 2020 Southwest Nutrition Conference, Chandler, AZ, for registration and more information, click here.
Mar 10-13, 2020 The 38th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, Cambridge Hotel, Red Deer, Alberta. For registration and more information,
Mar 11 - 12, 2020 2020 NE Dairy Producers Conference, Syracuse*, NY, For more information click here
Mar 17-19, 2020 22nd Dairy Ingredients Technical Symposium, Hilton Beachfront Resort Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA. For more information, visit www.adpi.org
Apr 6 - 7, 2020 2020 Herd Health and Nutrition Conference*, Syracuse, NY, For more information click here
Apr 7-9, 2020 DCHA Annual Conference, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, For more information click here.
May 11-13, 2020 The 38th Discover Conference - Automation in the Dairy Industry, Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itacsa, IL. Click here for registration and more information.
June 4-7, 2020 The 9th International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM), Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour, click here for more information and registration.
June 10-11, 2020 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, The Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. Click here for more information.
June 16-17, 2020 Buttermakers Short Course, CDR-UW Madison. For more information, visit https://www.cdr.wisc.edu/shortcourses/buttermakers_19
June 28-30, 2020 121st CCOA Annual Meeting, South Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit www.ccoadairy.org
Aug 31-Sept 4, 2020 71st Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), Porto, Portugal. For registration and more information,
Sept 29-Oct 2, 2020 World Dairy Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, For more information,
Oct 20 - 22, 2020 2020 Cornell Nutrition Conference*, Syracuse, NY, For more information click here
Oct 26-29, 2020 39th ADSA Discover Conference - The Transition Period - From Physiology to Management, Eaglewood Resort & Spa. For registration and more information, click here.
Nov 1-4, 2020 Symposium on Gut Health in Production of Food Animals, St. Louis, MO, Details to come.
Nov. 11-12, 2020. Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here for more information
Aug 30-Sept 3, 2021 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). Davos, Switzerland. For registration and 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.
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
(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
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