44th Discover ConferenceSM


This Discover Conference has been moved to May 3-4, 2023 and will now be presented as an entirely virtual program. We are looking forward to having you participate in our new fully virtual program in May. Contact conference coordinator Molly Kelley or conference director Larry Miller.

ARPAS will allow up to 10 Continuing Education Units based on contact hours and content for ARPAS members participating in this Discover Conference. Participating ARPAS members may obtain credit for their participation by using the ARPAS website.

Conference Objective

This ADSA Discover ConferenceSM is working in collaboration with American Cheese Society to inform some of the latest research on the nutritional and health promoting aspects of milk and cheese. The overarching goals of this conference are to provide attendees with the following opportunities:

  • Access to the latest science-based information from dairy science experts
  • Engage with production and dairy foods colleagues in the cheese sector
  • Gain access to evidence-based messaging about dairy


In this entirely virtual format, conference presentations will be prerecorded and posted in advance to our website for registrants to view at their leisure. Time online during the conference will be highly interactive, with a focus on brief presentations from speakers who will present key points and raise our level of understanding of the health benefits of true (animal milk based) dairy products, followed by lengthy discussion sessions, and time for questions and gathering science-based messaging  about the health benefits of animal milk dairy products.

Who Should Attend?

Various stakeholders in the cheese industry including cheesemakers, dairy farmers, cheese retailers, allied organizations, as well as university and industry scientists are encouraged to participate. Graduate students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.


Virtual registration includes access to all conference content including advance access to speaker presentation recordings and full participation in the online conference. Virtual registration postmarked by Friday April 7, 2023, is $275.00 for ADSA-ARPAS-ACS members and $375.00 for non-members. After April 7, the registration fee will be $375.00 member/$475.00 non-member and will be accepted on an availability basis.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Post Doc Member and Graduate Student Member Registrations for each conference. The Post Doc Member rate is $225 by April  7, 2023 $325 after April 7. Graduate Student Member rate is $195. These discounted offers are available to 10 members each on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link.

A Recordings Only registration option is available for individuals who wish to have access to speaker presentation recordings but will not be participating in the virtual conference May 3-4, 2023. Recordings Only registration is $215.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $315.00 for non-members.

ACS members should register as a “non-member” and enter the ACS member discount code when prompted to receive the reduced member registration rate. The ACS member discount code is available on the ACS Member Center at https://cheese.memberclicks.net/login#/login

Non-member registration will include a free year of ADSA Membership (a $110 value) which includes electronic access to dairy content including the Journal of Dairy Science, as well as discounted member rates on ADSA meetings and conferences.

All registrants will receive 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC). For more information, visit our Member Benefits page.

Note: Individuals who registered initially for In Person registration are being contacted by ADSA with new registration options. If you need help with your registration, please contact ADSA - Morgan Montgomery MorganM@assochq.org or Cara Tharp CaraT@assochq.org PH 217/356-5146

Online Registration
Join ACS

Attention Graduate Students

Reduced Registration Rates and Scholarship Travel Awards available for ADSA Discover Conferences

In 2009, the ADSA Foundation Board of Trustees approved a special ADSA Discover Conference graduate student ADSA member registration rate of $195, well below the early registration professional member rate of $375. The graduate student member registration rate is available to the first 10 graduate student member (ADSA-ARPAS)* registrants.

In that same year, the Foundation approved travel awards to graduate students. The Discover Conferences Scholarship Travel Award fund makes travel to Discover Conferences for graduate students more affordable by providing up to $250 per registered graduate student member (ADSA-ARPAS) who attends a Discover Conference. Ten travel awards are offered each conference. Following the conference and within 30 days of the conference, students should complete an ADSA expense report (posted on the ADSA Web site under Corporate Documents), attach receipts at least equal to the expense claimed, and send to ADSA Headquarters, 1800 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820 Attn: Morgan Montgomery. Eligible expenses include travel, lodging, ground transportation and incidentals, in compliance with the ADSA Expense Reimbursement Policy, which includes receipt requirements. Registration fees are not reimbursable.

*If you are not currently a member of ADSA or ARPAS, graduate students can join for just $10. Click here for membership details and to join.

Conference Details

May 3-4, 2023
Presented virtually
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association
in collaboration with American Cheese Society

Press play to hear from ADSA member Paul Kindstedt and ACS member Jeremy Stephenson on why you should attend, 'Why Cheese From Milk?'

Conference Documents

Program Committee

  • Rafael Jimenez-Flores, The Ohio State University (Co-Chair)
  • Jeremy Stephenson, The Vermont Farm and Cheese Collaborative (Co-Chair)
  • Stephanie Clark, Iowa State University
  • Rani Govindasamy-Lucey, University of Wisconsin
  • Jeff Jirik, Prairie Farms Dairy Inc. (retired)
  • Lance Lynn, Texas A&M University
  • Julia Powers, The Peterson Company