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Dr. Adegbola Adesogan
University of Florida

Dr. Adesogan received his B.S. in 1988 in Agriculture at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.  He was an Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition at the University of Wales, UK from 1995 to 2001, and is currently a Professor of Animal Nutrition and Director of the Food Systems Institute. He is also the Director and Principal Investigator of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (LISL) at the University of Florida, which manages 45 research for development projects that use animal-source foods to improve nutrition, health and incomes in eight countries.  He has served on the Editorial boards of the Journal of Animal Science, ANIMAL, and Animals and he has chaired or co-chaired the committees of over 20 graduate students.  He has authored or coauthored 137 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, received about $70,000,000 in research grants, given numerous invited presentations and mentored over 50 visiting scientists and interns from over 20 countries. He has served as the President of the UF Chapter of Sigma xi, the Scientific Research Society and the UF Christian Faculty Fellowship and chaired the Council of Feed the Future Innovation Lab Directors. His research areas include improving the quality, conservation and utilization of forages to improve animal production and welfare; using feed additives to improve rumen digestion and enhance animal performance and using animal-source foods to improve human nutrition, health, incomes and livelihoods. He has received various awards including the American Dairy Science Association Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Forage Award, the Journal of Dairy Science highly cited award and the American Society of Animal Science Bouffault international animal agriculture award.

Presentation Title: Bacterial Inoculants for Optimizing Silage Quality and Preservation and Enhancing Animal Performance

Dr. Michael Ballou
Texas Tech University

Michael Ballou is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Veterinary Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. His research program is focused on understanding now nutrition and management influence the health of calves, heifers, and transition cows.

Presentation Title: Nutraceuticals: An Alternative Strategy for the Use of Antimicrobials (Platinum Sponsor Session, presented by Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health)

Dr. Dave Barbano
Cornell University

Dr. Dave Barbano is Professor of Food Science at Cornell University.  Dave conducts an applied and basic research program on 1) natural cheeses and whey products, 2) improvement of methods of analysis of dairy foods, 3) raw milk and dairy food quality, 4) membrane filtration of milk and whey for protein separation and microbial removal. Recently, Dave has focused on developing new milk analysis measures of cow metabolic health for dairy herd management.   Dave also delivers a technology transfer program to communicate research results to the dairy industry and teaches a dairy chemistry course. He has been very active in the analytical groups of International Dairy Federation and the Association of Official Analytical Chemists International for the past 30 years.  He serves as Director of the Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center program that is funded jointly by national and regional milk promotion units, suppliers, and dairy product manufacturers.

Presentation Title: Daily Rollercoaster of Blood and Milk Metrics

Mr. Jorge Barrientos-Blanco
Cornell University

Jorge is from Costa Rica. He has a bachelor's degree in Agronomy from the Tecnológico of Costa Rica. In 2017, Jorge obtained a master's degree in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, focused on dairy reproduction economics. Also, in 2019, he earned a master's degree in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focused on dairy management and nutrition. Since July 2019, Jorge started a Ph.D. degree in Animal Science at Cornell University under the guidance of Dr. Kristan Foster Reed. He is currently working on a better understanding of forage quality variability and implementing making-decisions algorithm tools to improve forage quality variability management.

Presentation Title: Graduate Student Research Spotlights: Exploratory Analysis of Haylage Quality Variability at Harvest

Dr. Larry Chase
Cornell University

Dr. Larry E. Chase is a Professor Emeritus of Dairy Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell. Larry served as the General Chairman of CNC for 30 years. Current research activities include the use of Precision Feed Management on dairy farms and the environmental impacts of dairy rations on greenhouse gas emissions.

Presentation Title: Reducing Feed Costs While Maintaining Milk and Milk Component Production

Dr. Mary Beth de Ondarza
Paradox Nutrition

Mary Beth grew up on an 80-cow registered Holstein dairy farm in southern New York.  She received her B.S. at Delaware Valley College and her M.S. at Cornell University.  In 1994, she received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  She then worked as a nutritionist in the feed industry in the Northeast.  Her primary responsibilities were to provide on-farm nutritional consultation, educate sales staff, and formulate and test new products.  In 2003, Mary Beth became sole proprietor of a nutritional consultation business for the dairy feed industry, Paradox Nutrition, LLC.  She now conducts studies on commercial dairy farms for feed ingredient supply companies.  She also does computer modeling and literature review projects, and she continues to do some on-farm nutritional consultation.

Presentation Title: Dietary Sugars for Optimizing Rumen Function and Dairy Cow Performance

Dr. Charlie Elrod
Natural Biologics, Inc.

Charlie Elrod has been involved in the dairy industry for 40 years.  After building and operating his own dairy in the early 80s, he went on to work with the dairy and beef herds at Berry College while completing his Bachelor of Science degree.  Moving north to Cornell University, he completed a Ph.D. focusing on the intersection of protein nutrition and fertility in dairy cattle.  After his Ph.D., he spent the next 10 years as a member of the Cornell University extension faculty and directing the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program.  Over the last nearly 20 years, he has worked as a nutrition consultant, tech service consultant and leading R&D for the dairy division of an animal health company.  He is currently the President of Natural Biologics, a product development and innovation company focused on helping to solve animal health challenges.  In 2018 he was appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department at Cornell University.

Presentation Title: From Membrane Biophysics to the Farm: Applications of Fatty Acid and Monoglyceride Chemistry to Animal Health

Dr. Rick Grant
Miner Institute

Rick Grant was raised on a dairy farm in northern New York State. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from Purdue University in ruminant nutrition, and held a post-doctoral position in forage research at the US Dairy-Forage Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1990 to 2003, Rick was a professor and extension dairy specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Currently, he is president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, a privately funded educational and research institute focused on dairy cattle, equine, and crop management. Rick’s research interests include forages, dairy cattle nutrition, and cow behavior. He has been the recipient of the Pioneer Hi-Bred International Forage Award and the Nutrition Professionals Applied Dairy Nutrition Award. Since 2016 he has authored the Dairy Bottom Line for Feedstuffs magazine.

Presentation Title: Relationships between starch and physically effective and undegraded fiber in lactating dairy cows

Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Penn State University

Kevin J. Harvatine is a Professor of Nutritional Physiology at Penn State University.  He grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and received his BS in Animal Science from Penn State. He earned an MS from Michigan State University and PhD from Cornell University.

Dr. Harvatine’s research is focused on the nutritional regulation of milk synthesis. Harvatine’s goal is to identify bioactive factors and nutritional strategies to improve animal production, efficiency, and health.  His research spans from applied nutrition to basic biology and provides both real-world applications to the dairy industry and a basic understanding of biological mechanisms.  His current research program focuses on investigating the nutritional regulation of milk fat synthesis, fatty acid metabolism, and circadian and seasonal regulation of milk synthesis.

Presentation Titles: New Insights in Milk Fat Research and Reviewing Our Progress (Pre-Conference Symposium, presented by Elanco Animal Health) and Impact of Daily and Seasonal Rhythms in Maximizing Milk Production

Dr. Tom Jenkins
Clemson University (retired)

Dr. Jenkins attended Penn State University for his BS and MS degrees, and received a Ph.D. at Cornell University. After a postdoc at The Ohio State University, he then moved to Clemson University where he continued work on dairy cattle nutrition for over 30 years teaching courses in nutrition and coordinating research on fat feeding and rumen lipid metabolism. Since Dr. Jenkins’ retirement from Clemson University in 2012 he has remained active consulting in dairy nutrition for a number of clients. He has published extensively in scientific journals and conference proceedings, and has given numerous invited presentations across more than a dozen countries on lipid metabolism in dairy cattle and the practical aspects of fat feeding. Dr. Jenkins has received numerous awards from Clemson University and The American Dairy Association for his research accomplishments in rumen lipid metabolism.

Presentation Title: Our Fat Feeding Journey to Maximizing Milk Fat (Pre-Conference Symposium, presented by Elanco Animal Health)

Ms. Allison Kerwin
Cornell University

Allison Kerwin is a PhD candidate in Dr. Tom Overton's lab and is studying transition cow nutrition.

Presentation Title: Graduate Student Research Spotlights: Associations Between Haptoglobin and Cow and Herd Level Outcomes

Mr. Andrew LaPierre

Andrew was born and raised in Chazy, NY on his family’s dairy operation.  He holds a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and a Master’s in Dairy Nutrition from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which were received in 2014 and 2016, respectively.  As a current student in the Van Amburgh Lab, his PhD focuses on interactions and optimization between energy and amino acids within dairy cattle nutrition.  Findings from this work will be used to improve our understanding of nitrogen metabolism relative to energy intake, ultimately applying it to ration formulation within the construct of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System.

Presentation Title: Charlie Sniffen Graduate Research Presentation - Impact of energy on amino acid requirements of lactating cows

Dr. Xingen Lei
Cornell University

Xingen Lei is a Professor of Molecular Nutrition at Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and postdoctoral training from University of Missouri. He has pioneered nutritional genomics of selenium in gene-knockout mice and food animals and revealed dual roles of selenium in oxidative stress and diabetes. He has developed bacterial phytase that is used worldwide to preserve natural phosphorus and to reduce phosphorus pollution from animal production. He has been exploring nutritional, health, and environmental values of defatted microalgae from the biofuel production as alternative feeds and foods. He is actively involved in an international effort of biofortification of staple crops with iron, zinc, and beta-carotene. He has received prestigious awards including the  FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award and Gary L. Cromwell Award in Mineral Research. He is serving as an Associate Editor of Journal of Nutrition and President of International Society of Trace Elements in Man and Animals.

Presentation Title: Empowering United States Broiler Production for Transformation and Sustainability: A Large USDA Project Led by University of Arkansas and Cornell University

Dr. Jessica McArt


Cornell University


Jessica McArt is an associate professor in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University. She gained her DVM from Cornell University in 2007 and spent two years as an intern and resident before completing a PhD in comparative biomedical sciences in 2013. In her current position, Jessica performs clinical service for the Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic where she serves as section chief, teaches veterinary students both in the classroom and on farms, and conducts applied research. Her research program focuses on the identification, epidemiology, and economics of periparturient metabolic diseases in dairy cows.

Presentation Title: Daily Rollercoaster of Blood and Milk Metrics

Dr. Joseph McFadden
Cornell University

Dr. Joseph W. McFadden has a scientific interest to define lipid biology in dairy cattle. In 2003, he received a B.S. degree with Distinction in Research from the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University. He then completed an M.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. In 2009, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech. Following his Ph.D. training, Joe gained experience as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience and the Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research at Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, he joined the faculty in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences at West Virginia University as an assistant professor of biochemistry. Dr. McFadden joined the Cornell University Department of Animal Science as the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Faculty Fellow in Dairy Cattle Biology in 2017. With federal, state, and industry support, Dr. McFadden aims to develop practical applications to improve health and lactation performance in dairy cows.

Presentation Title: Trimethylamine N-oxide in Humans and Dairy Cows: Should We Be Concerned?

Dr. Darren McGee
Elanco Animal Health

Dr. Darren McGee is a veterinarian and Dairy Technical Consultant at Elanco Animal Health with primary responsibilities in the Southeastern and Southwestern US.  His career includes 12 years as a dairy practitioner, 14 years in industry support, and 20 years of dairy farm ownership.  One of his responsibilities at Elanco has been the development and deployment of data services to aid nutritionists and veterinarians as they work with dairy producers.  A number of key data assets and capabilities have been developed within “Elanco Knowledge Solutions” under Dr. McGee’s guidance, including Milkfat dTect.

Presentation Title: Use of An On-Farm Application to Maximize Milk Fat Production: What We Have Learned

Dr. Michael Miller
Trouw Nutrition

Michael Miller is a Dairy Nutrition Consultant at Trouw Nutrition. He recently finished his PhD program at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY. His PhD research at Miner Institute focuses on fiber digestibility, forage utilization, and nutritional modeling. He is also a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition with a focus on feed efficiency in feedlot cattle. His passion for agriculture grew from working for local hay producers and farmers when he was young. His goal is to feed cattle more efficiently and effectively as the cattle industry faces new and continual challenges.

Presentation Title: Modeling the Effect of Social Environment on Dry Matter Intake: Time Budget Behaviors and Stocking Density

Dr. Rodrigo Molano
Cornell University

Rodrigo was born in Bogota, Colombia, where he also got his Animal Science Degree. He worked in the industry for a couple of years before joining Dr. Mike Van Amburgh’s group in 2014 to investigate in the area of calf and heifer nutrition. He obtained his doctoral degree in August 2020 and will be joining the innovation and development team of the Canadian network for dairy excellence (Lactanet) this fall.

Presentation Title: Advances in the Determination of Nutrient Requirements of the Pre-Weaned Dairy Calf

Dr. Sarah Morrison
Miner Institute

Dr. Sarah Morrison is a Research Scientist at Miner Institute in Chazy, NY.  Sarah grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Addison Country, Vermont.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont and a Master’s and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. During her graduate program Sarah focused on dairy calf nutrition and health under the direction of Dr. Jim Drackley.  She has been working at Miner Institute since 2018, focusing on dairy cattle nutrition and management.  Specifically, she centers her research program on dairy calf and heifer nutrition and management.  She is also involved in mentoring and teaching undergraduates and post-graduates through different learning programs offered at Miner Institute.

Presentation Title: Gut Health Challenges: How Do We Feed to Improve Intestinal Integrity and Growth in Calves?

Dr. Tom Overton
Cornell University

Thomas R. Overton, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair (interim) of the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University.  Tom is recognized widely for his research and extension efforts relating to nutritional physiology of the transition cow.  He serves as Director of the statewide PRO-DAIRY program at Cornell.  He teaches the dairy cattle nutrition course for undergraduates and co-teaches a similar course for veterinary students.

Presentation Title: Update on DCAD for Dry and Lactating Cows

Dr. Sara Place
Elanco Animal Health

Sara is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef production research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and an assistant professor in sustainable beef cattle systems at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis, a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and an AAS in Agriculture Business from Morrisville State College.

Presentation Title: Our Food Industry Today: Issues and Opportunities

Ms. Ananda Portela Fontoura
Cornell University

Ananda Fontoura is from Belém, Brazil. Growing up in the Amazon and experiencing the challenges of producing food, while still protecting the environment on the family-owned farm, is what ignited her passion for livestock production. In 2015, she received a DVM degree at the Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil. In 2017, she received a MS degree at North Dakota State University, where she investigated the biological associations between feeding behavior, linear body measurements, blood metabolites and different measures of feed efficiency in beef cattle. Currently, Ananda is a PhD candidate and a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellow in the Animal Science Department at Cornell University. Sponsored by FFAR and VetAgro Inc., she works under the guidance of Drs. Joseph McFadden and Michael Van Amburgh studying heat stress resilience and its effects on intestinal permeability in dairy cattle and how this relates to the gut microbiome, growth, and milk production.

Presentation Title: Organic Acid and Plant Botanical Supplementation in Dairy Cattle

Dr. Kristan Reed
Cornell University

Dr. Kristan Reed is an Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Nutrition in the Animal Science Department at Cornell University. Her research aims to improve dairy production efficiency and sustainability through development and use of models that simulate the behavior of dairy farming systems under diverse biological, environmental, and management conditions. Dr. Reed is from St. Croix, USVI and received her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Animal Biology from the University of California at Davis.

Presentation Title: Milk Urea Nitrogen: Precision, Accuracy and Individual Animal Variability

Ms. Kasey Schalich
Cornell University

Kasey Schalich is a Ph.D candidate in the lab of Dr. Vimal Selvaraj in the Animal Science Department at Cornell University. She is from Windsor, CA and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry at Biola University (La Mirada, CA) in 2010. After graduating, she worked for one year as a wine chemist at Asti Winery (Cloverdale, CA) before joining Dr. Selvaraj’s lab in 2015 to study bovine reproductive physiology. While her thesis research focuses on uncovering the cyclic secretions that define the bovine uterine microenvironment during the period of preimplantation embryo development, she has developed a parallel interest in bovine colostrum and neonatal calf intestinal physiology.

Graduate Student Research Spotlights: Resolving the Postpartum Kinetics of Colostrum IgG & Novel Gut Absorption Biomarkers to Optimize Colostrum Feeding

Ms. Katie Smith
Miner Institute

Katie Smith was born and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri, a town about 45 minutes from Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May of 2017 with a BS degree in Animal Science. Before she came to the Miner Institute as a research intern in October 2018, she was the grazing dairy manager at the University of Missouri’s dairy farm. She is currently enrolled in a MS program at the Miner Institute and University of Vermont, graduating in December, 2020 with a MS degree in dairy cattle nutrition. She enjoys the time she gets to spend in the barn with the cows and farm staff. Katie is passionate about learning new things about cows and people alike. She is a leader in the research department at Miner Institute and aspires to be someone that producers can rely on.

Presentation Title: Relationships Between Starch and Pphysically Effective and Undegraded Fiber in Lactating Dairy Cows

Ms. Rink Tacoma-Fogal
Cornell University

Rink Tacoma-Fogal grew up in New Zealand in a family heavily involved in the dairy industry. She started milking cows on a pasture-based system from an early age which led to a growing interest in the dairy industry and she graduated from Lincoln University with a BS degree in animal science in 2011. After moving to the US, she pursued her master’s degree at The University of Vermont in animal science, graduating in 2016. She is currently in her second year as a PhD student at Cornell University working with Dr. Debbie Cherney in the field of dairy nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and agronomy.

Presentation Title: Graduate Student Research Spotlights: Evaluating Nutritive Value of Alfalfa with Meadow Fescue Varieties for Optimal Quality in Dairy Production Systems