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Perdue announces ERS, NIFA site selection criteria
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the criteria the U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed to evaluate the 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA). Perdue announced in August 2018 that most ERS and NIFA personnel would be moving to outside of the National Capital Region by the end of 2019.

"We don't undertake these relocations lightly, and we are doing it to improve performance and the services these agencies provide," Perdue said. "We will be placing important USDA resources closer to many stakeholders, most of whom live and work far from Washington, D.C. We will be saving money for the taxpayers and improving our ability to retain more employees in the long run, and we are increasing the probability of attracting highly qualified staff with training and interests in agriculture, many of whom come from land-grant universities."

Support mixed for bioengineered food labeling rule
Key agricultural and farm groups praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture's public release of the final rule implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. However, some had some concerns about the proposed rule.

Designed to inform consumers about the presence of bioengineered genetic material in their food for marketing purposes, USDA's disclosure standard stands firmly with science in that it validates the fact that there is no health, safety or nutritional difference between bioengineered crops and comparable conventional or organic crops. This is a position held by nearly every major national and international scientific and health organization, including the American Medical Assn., the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization.

Milk production affected by annual, biological rhythms 
The amount and composition of milk produced by dairy cows appears to be more regulated by internal, annual biological rhythms than by environmental factors such as heat and humidity, according to researchers at The Pennsylvania State University who studied more than a decade of production records from herds across the U.S.
Although researchers have long recognized an annual pattern for milk composition in dairy cattle - with higher milk fat and protein concentrations observed during the winter and lower levels in the summer - the rhythms of milk yield and composition previously have not been well quantified, Penn State said.

ADSA News and Happenings
Farm Bill Signed and Government Shutdown Begins
President Trump signed H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) into law on December 20. This was followed the next day with a partial government shutdown that includes USDA. As noted last week the Farm Bill includes several positives for Agricultural Research including:
  • Maintaining the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) that was first established as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, and authorizes $185 million in funding.
  • Maintaining the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative and specifically including animals.
  • Included the "International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program" with authorized annual funding of $5 million for each fiscal year from 2019 to 2023. The program supports fellowships to US Citizens building capacity for school-based agricultural education and youth extension programs in developing countries.
  • Including a new initiative to combat animal diseases with a livestock vaccine bank
  • Scrapped a decades-old provision that only allowed 1890 land-grant to carry over a small chunk (20 percent) of their extension funding if it wasn't used in a calendar year. It now applies to all land-grants.
  • Including funding for three new "centers of excellence" on HBCU campuses with specific focuses like food security. It takes a step toward forcing states to match federal funding for historically black land-grant universities.
We hope that these positives can soon begin to the implemented; however, the length of the "shutdown" that began on Friday may impact this. Congress is seeking a solution, but it is uncertain what will happen and how soon it will be.
ADSA Members - It's Time to Renew
ADSA asks our readers who work for companies and organizations with an interest in the dairy industry "Do You Know" about Corporate Sustaining Membership?
Corporate Sustaining Member dues are still only $1,000.00This is half of what similar animal science societies charge for a comparable benefit package and they have not increased in over 15 years. Your representative will have electronic access to JDS, can attend Discover Conferences and subscribe to S-PAC at the ADSA professional member rate. Corporate Sustaining Members who require company-wide electronic access to JDS can contact Elsevier for a corporate subscription for an additional charge.
The Corporation is the Member, not to the corporate representative; if the corporate representative leaves the corporation, the membership is transferred to the new corporate representative.
The official journal of the American Dairy Science Association®, the Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) is the leading peer-reviewed general dairy research journal in the world. It was ranked 1st by Eigenfactor Score in the Agriculture, Dairy and Animal Science category in 2017. Eigenfactor Score is a metric that uses citing journal data from the entire Journal Citation Reports® file to reflect the prestige and citation influence of journals by considering scholarly literature as a network of journal-to-journal relationships. Recent volumes of JDS have grown to include more than 900 manuscripts and 10,400 pages per year from authors worldwide.
The Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS) is the top-ranked dairy research journal in the world. JDS is ranked 4/60 in the Agriculture, Dairy and Animal Science category of the Journal Citation Reports® 2017, published by Clarivate, with an Impact Factor of 2.749. The JDS 5-year Impact Factor (3.085) is also ranked 4th in the Agriculture, Dairy and Animal Science category. The Journal has secured a top five journal ranking for 16 consecutive years. JDS is also highly ranked in the Food Science and Technology category: 35th of 133 journals for Impact Factor and 35th out of 133 journals for 5-year Impact Factor.
Corporate Sustaining Members who require site or company-wide electronic access to JDS can contact Elsevier for a corporate subscription for an additional charge.
ADSA's latest, high-value product, S-PAC - Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences - is the most comprehensive animal production and management conference proceeding database in the world. This unique collection of conference proceedings and presentations is a must-have resource for animal scientists, veterinarians, academicians, consultants, and members of industry around the world. S-PAC is available to ADSA Corporate Sustaining members at a deep discount. Corporate Subscription allows for three concurrent users, and multiple subscriptions may be purchased. Try S-PAC at no risk-five days for only five dollars-to see the power of this unique tool.
  • One free Annual Meeting registration-a $375 value for this benefit alone!
  • Listing of corporate name at the ADSA membership booth.
  • Exhibit booth discount for in-line or corner booth.
  • A listing on ADSA's web site, with a link to your home page.
  • Your company name on the Journal of Dairy Science web site (About the Journal) and in the Annual Meeting Program
  • Your company recognized in ADSA's weekly Dair e-news and daily annual meeting special edition that reaches over 10,000 subscribers around the world.
  • Your company recognized in ADSA News, published each April and October
Please contact Vicki Paden at  to become a Corporate Sustaining Member
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 join.  
Hotel Reservation Site is Now Open
You can now make Your ADSA and Interbull HotelReservations Online; We have a large block of rooms available, but they go quickly, so make your reservation soon. Visit the hotel section of the meeting website for details,
2019 ADSA Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
The abstract submission site for the 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting is now open! Visit to submit your abstract. Submission instructions, quality standards, answers to frequently asked questions, and student competition guidelines are available on the page. There is no abstract submission fee.
Again in 2019-Platform Sessions . In a platform session, an invited speaker leads off a themed or topical oral session with a 30- or 45-minute talk, which is then followed by submitted abstract talks. This oral session type can result in higher levels of engagement of oral session submitters/presenters, while disseminating the most current research. Platform sessions provide a third oral session option, somewhere between a symposium and a general oral session. When submitting your abstract(s), be sure to look for platform sessions that may incorporate your research.
The deadline for abstract submission is February 20, 2019, at 11:59 pm (CST).
The 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting website is updated frequently with the latest meeting information, so bookmark the site and visit often. Meeting registration will be available in early February 2019.
Just a few reminders : The 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting scientific program will feature 1,200 oral and poster presentations from around the globe. Make sure yours is included, as 1,800 scientists from 50 countries meet in Cincinnati. Benefit from symposia, workshops, and preconference events presented by the world's leading animal and dairy scientists. Topics include dairy food science, dairy production, animal health and well-being, animal and human nutrition, food safety, and production and management. As always, the success of the ADSA Annual Meeting begins with the quality of the science presented-we look forward to your contributions to this global gathering of animal and dairy scientists.
Need ARPAS CEUs? The ADSA Annual Meeting has been approved for up to 21 ARPAS continuing education units (CEUs)
Make your plans now to join us for the most comprehensive dairy science meeting in the world and encourage others to join you there. Registration will open in February. As an added benefit, all attendees will receive 90 days of complementary access to S-PAC. Visit the meeting website for more information and updates.
Thank you and we hope to see you in Cincinnati!
Remember to Help Support Dairy Science for the Future
We know that many of our members are able to cite specific ways in which their membership in ADSA® has helped advance their careers and better their lives. We hope that is true of each of our more established members. We also know that many of our readers want to assure that we have well trained dairy scientists and professionals for the future. We are writing to invite you to help make that the case for the generations of dairy scientists to come.
Please decide to support the ADSA Foundation 2019 Annual Fund Campaign. The campaign is designed to accomplish the following:
  • Support undergraduate and graduate student participation in our meetings (SAD and GSD activities at the ADSA Annual Meeting and across the year, plus travel awards to help grad students attend ADSA DiscoverSM Conferences);
  • Fund the ADSA Foundation Scholar Awards in Dairy Production and Dairy Foods and The Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award; and
  • Ensure the capacity of the Foundation to act in accordance with its mission as opportunities arise.
We are asking all professional and corporate members as well as other individuals to please take a moment now to contribute to one or more of our eight funds. Simply decide to donate (no amount is too small) and then click here to go to the ADSA donations page, where you can contribute with your personal or company credit card. Otherwise, you can contribute by check using the printable PDF form on the same page. A receipt for your tax records will be provided for either payment method.
Please help us help others realize the career and life-changing benefits of membership in our more-than-one-century-old society, built on the success of members like you!
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 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
36th ADSA Discover Conference on Lipids in Dairy Nutrition
- Plan Now to Attend
Plan now to attend the 36th ADSA Discover Conference,  Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat , scheduled May 28-31, 2019. 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 program will draw on current data and identify both gaps in knowledge and opportunities to apply the current information.
36th ADSA DISCOVER Conference on Food Animal Agriculture:
Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat

May 28-31, 2019, Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois
(near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport)
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association®
Conference topics include:
  • Feed Lipid Supply
  • Managing Fatty Acid in the Rumen
  • Fatty Acid Digestibility
  • Biological Effects of Fatty Acids
  • Milk Fat: Processing and Product Quality
Domestic and international members of the research and academic community, leading consultants and extension specialists, industry leaders involved in supplying fat supplements to the dairy industry, and members of governmental and regulatory agencies are encouraged to participate in this interactive program. Graduate students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.
Early Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019
Note: registration is limited to the first 150 registrants.
Registration fees increase by $100 after April 30.
To view complete conference information or to register:
For additional program details:
Kevin Harvatine, The Pennsylvania State University,
Thomas Jenkins, Clemson University,
Larry R. Miller, ADSA Discover Conferences,
Molly Kelley, ADSA Discover Conferences,
ARPAS has assigned 18 CEU's, based on contact hours and content, for ARPAS members in attendance at the 36th Discover Conference
Click here to view the Conference Program
An added bonus for attendees is that all will receive 90 days of complementary access to S-PAC, the largest on-line collection of conference proceedings with over 630 proceedings now available to subscribers. Registration and meeting details for DC36 are available by clicking here.
While you are making plans please include the 37th ADSA Discover Conference  - Natural Bioactives in Dairy Production: Science, Functions and the Future. The conference will take place October 28 - 31, 2019 at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL Click here for more information.
ADSA® on Linked In continues to Grow - Are you included?
Our ADSA Linked In group now includes 1,636 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

Calendar of Events

Jan 14-15, 2019 Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, Boise, ID for more information click here

Jan 23, 2019  Improving Your Audit Outcomes Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

Jan 28-Apr 24, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, visit

Feb 5, 2019 Foster Our Future - cultivate. discover. grow.- A Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) event with ADSA as one of the sponsors. Click here for more information

Feb 6-8, 2019 Southwest Nutrition Conference *, Chandler, AZ, For more information click here

Feb 12-13, 2019 Dairy Science and Sanitation, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

Feb 19-20, 2019 Food Defense, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

Feb 26-27, 2019 Artisan Food Safety Planning, Plattsburgh, NY, For more information visit

Feb 26-28, 2019 Western Dairy Management Conference, Peppermill Resort And Casino, Reno, NV, For more information click here

Feb 26-28, 2019 ADPI 21st Dairy Ingredients Symposium, Hilton Beachfront Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA   For registration and more information click here

March 5-7, 2019 Food Packaging Short Course, Erickson Food Science Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA, For more information click here

March 12-13, 2019 Intro to Artisanal Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

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 15-17, 2019 Congress on Gastrointestinal Function', Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, For more information click here

April 16 - 18, 2019 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference*, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, IN, Click here for additional details

April 23-25, 2019 HTST/UHT Pasteurizer School, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, For more information visit

May 4-Jul 27, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, visit

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.

June 18-20, 2019  2nd International Conference on Precision Dairy Farming, Rochester, MN 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 18-29, 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

Sep 6-Nov 29, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. 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.

Nov. 5-6, 2019 Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop*, Hershey, PA., Click here for more information

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
DuPont Pioneer
Elanco Animal Health
Global Agri-Trade Corporation
Grande Cheese Company
Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Masters Choice
Nutriad, Inc.
Papillon Agricultural Company
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:

American Dairy Science Association
1800 South Oak St., Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820