New director selected for USDFRC
Dr. Dennis Hancock has been selected as the Center Director of the US Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC), Madison, WI. His appointment was effective January 19, 2020. Dr. Hancock received his B.S. in Agriculture from Berea College in 1996 and his M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1999.  After a stint as the Grant County, KY, Extension Agent, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2006, while also working full-time as the Research and Extension Coordinator for the Precision Agriculture Team.
 Dr. Hancock served as Professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department and the Forage Extension Specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA) since 2006.  Dr. Hancock had responsibility for statewide extension and applied research in forage agronomy and forage-based livestock systems (dairy, beef, horse, small ruminants).  Dr. Hancock led the Sustainable Grazing Systems program at UGA where he and his colleagues conducted comprehensive research to assess best management practices for pasture and grassland crop systems. He successfully led the replacement of an existing plant science farm with a new 660-acre farm, with nine new structures (including a variable rate irrigation system, equipment storage, specialized sample processing facilities, shop, pesticide storage, grain drying and storage facilities, farm manager's home, and headquarters) with a $14 million budget.  The Iron Horse Farm is now used by UGA faculty, staff and students for over 175 research projects. 
 He received the two highest awards bestowed by the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and University of Georgia for Extension/Public Service and Outreach, the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension and the Walter B. Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach.  He is the only Georgia extension specialist to receive the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents' Junior Specialist of the Year and the Senior Specialist of the Year Awards.  He also received the American Forage and Grassland Council's Medallion Award, their highest recognition of service to the discipline. 
 Dr. Hancock is often contacted as part of applied research and technology development projects for advice or as a consultant because of his whole systems viewpoint and expertise within several subdisciplines and is frequently asked to serve as an advisor and consultant for management issues in and outside of Georgia.  Evidence of the widespread recognition of his expertise is the fact that he is in demand as a speaker. During the period 2007-2018, he made presentations at 693 events in Georgia alone. He has also spoken at over 100 out-of-state events. 
He has served on the stakeholder committee for the US Dairy Forage Research Center and as an advisor to Purdue University's strategic plan for their Ag Experiment Station's research and education centers. 
USDA proposed school lunch changes get mixed reviews
Touted as a way to put local school and summer food service operators "back in the driver's seat of their programs" and offer school nutrition professions more flexibility to appeal to students' preference and reduce food waste, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced additional proposed rule changes to its school and summer meal programs.
Califia Farms secures $225m for plant-based beverages
Califia Farms, a leading plant-based food and beverage company, recently announced it has completed one of the largest private capital raisings within the natural foods sector, through a $225 million Series D financing led by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). Other investors in the financing include Singapore headquartered investment company Temasek, Canada based Claridge, Hong Kong based Green Monday Ventures, and a Latin America based family with significant interests in coffee and consumer products.
FDA commissioner urged to uphold dairy terms
Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) and Jim Risch (R., Ida.) are leading their colleagues in standing up for America's dairy farmers in a bipartisan letter to Dr. Stephen Hahn, the new commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Working on behalf of dairy farmers in Wisconsin, Idaho and across the country, Baldwin and Risch implored Hahn to work with Congress to combat the misuse of dairy terms on non-dairy products.
USDA consolidates lab testing regulations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making it easier for animal diagnostic laboratories to carry out vital livestock disease testing on behalf of the agency.
ADSA News and Happenings
ADSA says: Thank you for being a member of ADSA!
And reminds you (in case you forgot) It's Not Too Late To Renew

Thank you for being a member of ADSA! While the ADSA Dair-e-news that you are reading now and our
ADSA® Linked Ingroup are available to all who have in an interest in dairy science, they are made available because of our membership. Our ADSA® Linked Ingroup is way that we can both share current news of ADSA events and activities, but network with other members and dairy professionals around the world. We currently have over 1,660 people in the group.
Visit the Member Benefit page for more information on all of the member benefits. If you are not already a member (or if you forgot to renew), now is a great time to join so you have access to the Journal of Dairy Science®, meeting registration discounts and all of the other member benefits through 2020. Just go to and become a member today. 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 right now.
2020 ADSA Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts (Deadline 2/20/20)
The abstract submission site for the 2020 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 2020-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, 2020, at 11:59 pm (CST).
The  2020 ADSA Annual Meeting website will be updated frequently with the latest meeting information, so bookmark the site and visit often. Housing will open in November 2019, and meeting registration will be available in early February 2020.
The 2020 ADSA Annual Meeting scientific program will feature 1,200 oral and poster presentations from around the globe. Make sure yours is included, as 1,900 scientists from 50 countries meet in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida. 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.
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.

ADSA candidate nominations for national ADSA board due 2/7/20
The quality of our board leadership is essential to the well-being of our organization, so please consider carefully the qualifications and interests of prospective board members. Every member has the opportunity and responsibility to select board members for the association. You are urged to submit nominations for the following:
  • vice president from the dairy foods division (one-year term followed by service as president for the 2021 to 2022 term, then past president, then past-past president);
  • one director from the dairy foods division to serve for three years-2020 to 2023; and
  • one director from the production division to serve for three years-2020 to 2023.
Nominations are due by February 7, 2020.
The following information is required for nomination:
ADSA office you are nominating the candidate for:
Candidate name:
Company or organization:
If this is not a self-nomination, please first confirm that the candidate is willing to serve.
Please email your nomination to Morgan Montgomery at  morganm@assochq.orgindicating in the subject line 2020 election and the division name for your nomination. If necessary, you may also mail nominations to
Officer Nominations
American Dairy Science Association
1800 S. Oak Street, Ste. 100
Champaign, IL 61820
Thank you for your participation in the ADSA board nomination process!
Nominate your colleague today for the
FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award ! The deadline to nominate colleagues for the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award is approaching. The award is designed to stimulate, acknowledge, and reward pioneering and innovative research relevant to the nutrition of animals that benefits humankind and the nutritional value of foods from animals. The award will be presented at the meeting of choice of the award winner (during the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, or Poultry Science Association) in the summer of 2020.
Procedures: Nominations should be submitted on the  FASS Awards website.
Deadline: All nominations must be submitted on the website no later than April 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CDT.
Instructions: Guidelines for the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award are posted  here. Nominators are encouraged to review the instructions carefully and to follow these guidelines strictly to avoid rejection of the nomination.
  • Nominee must have made an outstanding and innovative contribution to nutrition research concerning animals that benefits humankind or the nutritional value of food from animals.
  • Nominee must have published results of original research.
  • Nominee must have been a member of ADSA, ASAS, or PSA for at least five consecutive years and currently be a member of such society and in good standing.
  • No individual shall receive the award more than once. Preferably, the award shall be presented to one individual but may be bestowed to coworkers if deemed advisable by the American Feed Industry Association award committee.
If you require any assistance during this submission process, please contact Cara Tharp, FASS awards coordinator, at 1800 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, Illinois 61820,, 217-356-2426.
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. Early registration ends April 11, 2020. The special price 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.
As an added bonus, your registration for all Discover Conferences includes 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC).

The Transition Period
- From Physiology to Management
October 26-29, 2020
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
The 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 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.
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
Get your copy today! It is available for  purchase  at student and professional (member and nonmember) rates exclusively from ADSA at .
ADSA® on Linked In continues to Grow - Are you included?

Our ADSA Linked In group now includes 1,662 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 28-31,2020  59th NMC Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. For registration and more information, visit
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.
Feb 18-20, 2020  Wisconsin Process Cheese Seminar, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Mar 3-4, 2020  High Plains Dairy Conference, Amarillo, TX. For registration and more information, click here.

Mar 9-13, 2020  Cheese Tech Short Course, CDR-UW Madison. For more information, visit
Mar 10-11, 2020  Sensory Immersive Experience in Dairy Foods, Cornell Dairy Foods Extension. Click for the agenda and registration
Mar 10-13, 2020   The 38th Western Canadian Dairy Seminar, Cambridge Hotel, Red Deer, Alberta. For registration and more information,
click here .
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
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.
Apr 20-22, 2020  Tri-State Dairy Conference, Grand Wayne Center, Ft. Wayne, IN. For registration and more information, click here.

Apr 26-28, 2020   ADPI/ABI Joint Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Downtown, Chicago, IL. For complete event information and registration, click on
Apr 27-May 1, 2020  World of Cheese from Pasture to Plate, CDR-UW Madison. For more information, visit
May 6, 2020  Food Safety Workshop (HACCP), CDR-UW Madison. For more information, visit
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 2-4, 2020  Cheese Grading Short Course, CDR-UW Madison. For more information, visit
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
June 21-24, 2020  2020 ADSA Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, click here.

June 22-26, 2020  Buttermakers Apprenticeship Workshop, CDR_UW Madison. For more information, visit
June 28-30, 2020  121st CCOA Annual Meeting, South Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit
Aug 31-Sept 4, 2020  71st Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), Porto, Portugal. For registration and more information, click here.

Sept 29-Oct 2, 2020   World Dairy Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI, For more information, click here
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, 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.

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:

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