Secretary Perdue anxious to see USMCA ratified 
Following a visit during a trade mission to Mexico, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he and his counterparts in Mexico are anxious to see the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) ratified.

During a call with media on Thursday afternoon, Perdue said Mexico seems to be very pleased with USMCA, and recent negotiations U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer continues to conduct with Democrats do not look to derail support for the trade deal.

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Cancer doctor chosen for top FDA post 
President Donald Trump has named Dr. Stephen Hahn as administrator of the Food & Drug Administration following the resignation earlier this year of FDA administrator Scott Gottlieb.

Hahn has been chief medical executive at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in Houston, Texas, since May 2018 and the Gilbert H. Fletcher Memorial distinguished chair and professor of radiation oncology at MDACC since January 2015. MDACC is a research-driven patient care organization that has approximately 21,000 employees, annual revenue of $5 billion and the largest number of clinical trials in the U.S.

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Dairy industry 'done taking it'    
Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) chief executive officer Tom Gallagher told more than 800 dairy farmers and industry representatives that to thrive in the future, industry-wide unity and leadership will become more important than ever.

This is crucial as anti-animal agriculture groups pose a growing threat to the dairy industry by working to eliminate the checkoff, Gallagher said during his address at the 2019 joint annual meeting of the United Dairy Industry Assn., National Dairy Promotion & Research Board and National Milk Producers Federation in New Orleans, La.

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Calcium added to acidified diets may benefit dairy cow reproduction
Achieving an appropriate calcium balance in dairy cows is critical near calving -- but for more than simply ensuring a healthy transition to lactation.

A new study from the University of Illinois is showing that calcium added to acidified prepartum diets may improve a whole suite of postpartum outcomes, including lower rates of uterine infection and a quicker return to ovulation, according to an announcement from the university.

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ADSA News and Happenings
ADSA asks: Did You Know about S-PAC?

While we have  S-PAC® (Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences) subscribers in 40 countries and all attendees of the ADSA annual meeting, the Discover and many other Conferences are provided with S-PAC information, we've found that that some ADSA members may still not be aware of one of the significant benefits of ADSA membership, the opportunity to utilize S-PAC.

Included in your membership dues is access through S-PAC to searchable Joint Annual Meeting abstracts for 1998-2016, ADSA annual meeting abstracts from 2017 forward and past ADSA meetings from 1935-1997, as well as ADSA divisional meeting abstracts
Members have the opportunity to subscribe to S-PAC at the deeply discounted ADSA member rate. Subscriptions run for 365 days from date of sign-up.
Professionals $75; Undergrads $5 and Grads $10
ADSA member rates are extended to ASAS, PSA and ARPAS members as well as members of other organizations and conferences who share their proceedings through S-PAC.
Corporate sustaining member and academic library subscriptions are also available, as S-PAC brings current real world science and its application into the classroom and the office.
S-PAC is the most comprehensive collection of domestic and international animal production and management conference proceedings in the world. It includes animal health, dairy foods and grazing conference proceedings as well. This unique, completely user searchable collection of conference proceedings and presentations is a must-have resource for animal scientists, veterinarians, academicians, consultants and members of industry around the world. It is a great teaching resource as well since it includes current real-world application of science. As of November, 2019, 61 conferences have contributed 657 sets of proceedings, with new conferences and proceedings added frequently. During the past week current proceedings from the Mid-South Ruminant Nutrition Conference and the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar were added to the database. The value of S-PAC increases every time a conference and a set of proceedings is added. If one can't attend the multitude of conferences that S-PAC covers, S-PAC is the next best thing to being there! Not sure yet, then try S-PAC risk free with our "5 days for $5 offer." Visit for details.
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. Click here to renew or join.
The 2020 ADSA Annual Meeting scientific program will feature 1,200 oral and poster presentations from around the globe. As always, the success of the meeting begins with the quality of the science presented-we look forward to your contributions to this global gathering of animal and dairy scientists. Make sure your research is included, as 1,800 scientists from over 50 countries will meet in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida. Again in 2020- Platform Sessions will be featured. 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 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.
The deadline for abstract submission is February 20, 2020, at 11:59 pm (CST).
The 2020 ADSA® Annual Meeting special events web page is now open and accepting submissions. If you would like to hold an event during the ADSA Annual Meeting please click on the link below to submit your request. Remember, a special event is any type of committee meeting, board meeting, or any other type of event that will require meeting space at the ADSA Annual Meeting. Please get your requests in early so that we can accommodate your preferred meeting location and time!
The deadline for ticketed events that require preregistration is November 29, 2019.
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.
Visit and make your plans now. We look forward to seeing you in West Palm Beach at ADSA2020!
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.
2020 ADSA Awards Nominations Open!
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.
The ADSA awards program will be administered online. Submit your nominations at Initial nominations (part 1 of the nomination process) are due January 6, 2020.
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.
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.
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
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
October 26-29, 2020

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.
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 1,666 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.

While on "Linked In" check out the ADSA Graduate Student Division (GSD) as well. You can find their page at

Calendar of Events
Nov 12-14, 2019  16th International Symposium on Milk Genomics and Human Health, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus, Denmark. For more information, click here.  
Nov 13-14, 2019  DCRC Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh, PA. For registration and more information,click here.

Nov. 13-15, 2019  Dairy Purchasing & Risk Management Seminar, Intercontinental Hotel Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL. Hosted by American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI and CME Group. For more information and to register, visit
Dec 4, 2019 Cornell's Dairy Foods Extension Team and National Dairy Council's Dairy Beverage Symposium, DMI Headquarters, Rosemont, IL. See full agenda here and registration information here. For additional information, contact Louise Felker at
Dec 10-12, 2019  Making Consistent, Quality Cheese with Concentrated Milk, CDR-UW Madison, For more information, visit
Jan 13-14, 2019   2020 Pacific Northwest Animal Nutrition Conference, The Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho. Click here for more information. 

Feb. 5, 2020  Foster Our Future 2020, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC. 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, 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.
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 21-24, 2020  2020 ADSA Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, click here.

June 28-30, 2020  121st CCOA Annual Meeting, South Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit
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
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

*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