USDA rule finalizes reorganization of GIPSA, FSA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized a rule Nov. 29 that finalizes proposed changes to the department, including a reorganization of the Farm Production & Conservation (FPAC) mission area as well as elimination of the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) as a stand-alone agency, moving under the jurisdiction of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

The move took effect with the issuance of a November 2017 memo and was formalized Thursday in the Federal Register.

APHIS releases five-year strategic plan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released a new version of its strategic plan that includes tangible and specific goals to guide the agency through 2023.

"Agriculture and the global marketplace continue to evolve, and APHIS must progress and change to keep pace," the strategic plan stated.

FDA seeks MUMS grant applications
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Nov. 26 an open application period for grants to support the development of new animal drugs intended to treat uncommon diseases (minor uses) in major species - horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens - or to treat minor species (MUMS).

The Minor Use & Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004 (the MUMS act) provides innovative ways to bring products to market for these small populations and is designed to help veterinary pharmaceutical companies and others overcome the financial roadblocks they may face in providing animal drugs for a limited market. Before this legislation, veterinary pharmaceutical companies and others would rarely attempt to bring such drugs to market, FDA said.
Dairy groups urge support for WTO 
The International Dairy Foods Assn., the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council joined with their global counterparts in urging the G20 ministers meeting this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to prioritize maintaining, reforming and reinvigorating the World Trade Organization, which is the multilateral rules-based trading system.

The dairy groups called on the ministers to "reject trade-distorting actions, such as imposing unscientific, overly burdensome or trade-distorting nontariff regulations, unilaterally raising tariffs in ways that are not WTO compliant or providing WTO-illegal export subsidies. These actions undermine the functioning of value chains and lead to trade diversion, more volatile commodity prices and a less efficient allocation of resources with higher costs."

ADSA News and Happenings
S-PAC Grows Again
We are pleased to announce the recent addition of proceedings from the 2018 Pennsylvania Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop to S-PAC. Subscribers now have 24/7 access to 637 proceeding from 61 of the top animal related conferences in the world that can all be searched in a single pass for the information that you need. Visit for more information and a complete list of conferences. ADSA members receive a reduced price for subscribing to S-PAC as one of our may member benefits.
ADSA Members - It's Time to Renew
For our International Readers- Have you considered e-Membership?
ADSA e-Membership is available through ADSA Global Partner organizations and to individuals who reside outside of the US and Canada. This electronic membership was designed for those who have an interest in dairy science, but may not have the time or budget to attend ADSA's meetings, or cost-justify full membership in ADSA due to a different area of specialization. The ADSA e-Membership rate is USD 55 (a 50% discount from ADSA professional membership dues), and runs for 365 days from date of sign-up. With their membership an ADSA e-Member receives:
  • Electronic access to the Journal of Dairy Science®
  • Access to a treasure trove of Annual Meeting symposia (synchronized recordings from the 2003-2015 Joint Annual Meeting and the 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting)
  • Access to searchable ADSA annual meeting abstracts from 2017-18 and 1935-1997, with more added each year, plus Joint Annual Meeting abstracts for 1998-2016, as well as ADSA divisional meeting abstracts;
  • The opportunity to purchase the Large Dairy Herd Management (3rd ed., e-book) at the ADSA member rate.
  • The opportunity to subscribe to S-PAC® (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) at the ADSA member rate. See more about S-PAC below.
Learn more about e-membership, other types of ADSA membership and other member benefits at:
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. .
As you make your plans for the 2019 Annual Meeting you may want to include dome the special CONFERENCE EVENTS. Visit the meeting website to check out the following:
  • Nutrition Models Workshop
  • DRMS Records Management Workshop
  • Discover Conference Mini Symposium
  • Workshop: Teaching in Dairy Sciences
  • Mixed Models Workshop
  • Teagasc-Moorepark Symposium: Animal Diet, Dairy Product Quality and Advances in Dairy Foods Nutrition and Health
Need ARPAS CEUs? The ADSA Annual Meeting has been approved for up to 21 ARPAS continuing education units (CEUs)
Here is what some of the 2018 Annual Meeting attendees had to say about the meeting:
"If you can only choose one professional meeting to attend per year, this is the meeting to choose. It has it all and it never disappoints. This is the meeting I go to when I need a reminder of why I do what I do."
"The best forum for dairy food sciences."
"ADSA is a must for students and professional members. The best networking place in the dairy sciences worldwide."
"The best two days I spend professionally each year. Excellent quality and quality of calf research, and a great networking opportunity."
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!  
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
Dec 4-6, 2018 Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for human Food, Cornell University, Click here for Registration

Dec 5-7, 2018 Ice Cream, Babcock Hall, UW-Madison, For more information visit

Dec. 6, 2018 ADPI Webinar - Dairy Oligosaccharides - Types, Amounts and Market Potential, For more information click here

Dec 11-12, 2018 Preventive Controls Qualified Individual for Animal Food, Cornell University, Click here for Registration

Dec 11-13, 209 Making Consistent, Quality Cheese with Membrane Concentrated Milk, Babcock Hall, UW-Madison, For more information visit

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

Feb12-13, 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 12-13, 2019 4 State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference, The Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA. Click here for conference information

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