FDA extends comment period on 'milk' definition
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has extended the comment period by 60 days on the request for information on labeling plant-based products with names that include the names of dairy foods such as "milk," "yogurt" and "cheese." The original comment period was scheduled to end on Nov. 27 and now is scheduled to run until Jan. 25.

The agency intends to take this action in response to requests for additional time to submit comments. "FDA believes that the extension would allow adequate time for interested persons to provide input without significantly delaying any potential further action on these important issues," the agency said in a release.
New method developed for monitoring pasture nutrients
A fast new way of checking nutrient levels in grasslands allows farmers to quickly monitor changes in pasture nutrients and adapt their animals' grazing methods accordingly, according to an announcement from the publishers of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

By cutting the analysis time from around 16 hours to less than a minute, this relatively cheap and easy approach may greatly improve the sustainable management of grasslands - the main form of agriculture in many parts of the world, and a cheap and affordable source of nutrients for ruminant livestock that, in turn, provide meat and milk for people, the announcement said. Using this new method, research being published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems shows that overgrazing pasture to below 7 cm significantly reduces the amount protein and digestibility of the grassland.

USDA sued over food label claims
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its "unreasonable delay" in responding to a 2014 AWI petition that asked the agency to require independent certification of certain animal raising label claims.
The Administrative Procedure Act requires federal agencies to respond to petitions for rule-making within a reasonable time. After four-and-a-half years, USDA has not responded to AWI's petition.

"The USDA's current policy surrounding the approval of animal raising claims on meat and poultry packages utterly fails consumers," Dena Jones, director of AWI's farm animal program, said.

IDF joins global effort against antimicrobial resistance
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) is joining the global effort against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by strongly advocating prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials and adhering to the standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Dr. Olav Østerås, chair of the IDF Standing Committee on Animal Health & Welfare, has stressed the importance of handling antimicrobials with care to preserve their efficacy and safeguard public health.

"Antimicrobials must be used responsibly and only when needed for the treatment of infected and diseased animals so as to preserve animal welfare, including dairy cows. Healthy animals do not need antibiotics," said Østerås. "It is important to prioritize infection prevention through good animal husbandry, hygiene practices and biosecurity to reduce but optimize the use of antimicrobials.

ADSA News and Happenings
ADSA Joins in Support of NIFA and ERS
ADSA recently joined 59 other scientific societies and science based organizations in a coalition letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate appropriations committees supporting NIFA and ERS and asking for a thorough study of the impact of moving them before any action be taken. The letter highlights a fundamental concern that the proposed relocation and realignment will undermine the quality and breadth of the work these agencies support and perform - work that is vital to informing and supporting US agriculture, food and rural economies. It notes that the rationale provided by the USDA for the relocation also fails to identify problems substantive enough to justify such a disruption of ERS's and NIFA's operations A copy of the letter and other past coalition letter is available in the ADVOCACY section of the website.

ADSA® asks, Did You Know?
Did you know that the Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS), one of our most visible member benefits, 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.
Members publishing in JDS receive a significant savings on page charges.  Beginning with the January 2018 issue, the charge for members was reduced by almost 25% to $65 per printed page. The Non-member author page rate continues to be $140 per printed page.  The savings from just two (2) pages more than recovers the cost of professional membership!  Under the open access (OA) policy, authors may choose to pay the OA fee in lieu of standard page charges when author proofs are returned so that their paper becomes freely available upon publication in an online issue. The OA fee is $1750 for ASDA  members, and or $3500 for non-members. Open access articles will be freely accessible through the journal's web site ( at the time of publication. All other (non-OA) articles are freely available on 12 months after publication.
JDS participates in the AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. By participating in AGORA, the Journal of Dairy Science® is available, free of charge, to institutions in all Band I countries (countries defined by the World Bank as having a gross national product of up to $1,000, per capita, in 2001). The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of more than 3500 key journals and 3300 books to 2500 institutions in 116 countries. AGORA is designed to enhance the scholarship of the many thousands of students, faculty and researchers in agriculture and life sciences in the developing world.
To keep up with the journal, you can be notified when the latest Journal or Articles in Press are available. If you are not currently receiving them, you can be notified when new Journal Issues are available via Email Alert   or RSS Feed   and when new Articles in Press are available via. Add Articles in Press Alert   or RSS Feed   .. Simply chick the link and subscribe.
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 join. .
CONFERENCE EVENTS - Several special events will be held in conjunction with the meeting that will be of interest to many.
They begin with the following PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS on SUNDAY, JUNE 23
  • Nutrition Models Workshop
  • DRMS Records Management Workshop
  • Discover Conference Mini Symposium
  • Workshop: Teaching in Dairy Sciences
There are also several SPECIAL IN-MEETING TICKETED EVENTS that include:
  • Mixed Models Workshop
  • Teagasc-Moorepark Symposium: Animal Diet, Dairy Product Quality and Advances in Dairy Foods Nutrition and Health
Check the meeting site as other events will be added to the list
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 want to know what is coming down the road in dairy science, this is the place to be. The meeting is a great networking opportunity and an excellent mechanism to maintain and strengthen professional ties with dairy colleagues. This is a 'must do' for any dairy professional."
"As a graduate student, it was really exciting to see the great research going on around the world. It really does open your eyes to the amazing possibilities of dairy science."
"Most of my collaborations, and even job opportunities, have started in the ADSA meeting. I appreciate the community, updates, and interaction at this meeting."
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. 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 
Make plans to join us for the 36th DISCOVER Conference
It is wise to plan ahead, so mark your calendars now the 36th ADSA Discover Conference - Lipids in Dairy Nutrition: From Feed to Milk Fat that will be held May 28-31, 2019 at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL.

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 conference will draw on current data and identify both gaps in knowledge and opportunities to apply the current information. 

Tentative Topics/Themes include
  * Feed Lipid Supply
  * Managing Fatty Acid in the Rumen
  * Fatty Acid Digestibility
  * Biological Effects of Fatty Acids
  * Milk Fat: Processing and Product Quality    

Who Should Attend? 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.

Registration and meeting details are available at


ADSA® on Linked In continues to Grow - Are you included?
Our ADSA Linked In group now includes 1,633 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 3-4, 2018   Food Safety Plan Development, Location TBD, Click here for Registration

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, 2018  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 28-April 24, 2019   Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, click here.

Feb 6-8, 2019      Southwest Nutrition Conference *, Chandler, AZ, For more information click here
Feb 5, 2019  Foster Our Future - Cultivate, Discover, Grow - A Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) event with ADSA as one of the sponsors. Click here for more information.

Feb 26-28, 2019   Western Dairy Management Conference, Peppermill Resort and Casino, Reno, Nev. 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.

April 9-11, 2019   Dairy Calf & Heifer Assn. (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
May 4-July 27, 2019  Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, click here.
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 & 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

Sept 6-Nov 29, 2019   Certificate in Dairy Processing online course, CDR-UW Madison, WI. For more information, click here.

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.

*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