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Creating an Enduring U.S. Dairy Production Sector

30th ADSA Discover Conferenceā„  on Food Animal Agriculture

ARPAS has assigned 17 ARPAS CEU's for ARPAS members participating in the 30th Discover Conference

Conference Objective

Creating an enduring U.S. dairy production sector depends on addressing various economic, environmental, and social issues facing the industry today.  Organizations and individuals engage with these challenges and opportunities in U.S. dairy production – each biased by their own perspective.  Some emphasize global food security and unprecedented growth in global demand for dairy products.  Others call for freezing the environmental footprint of agriculture and preserving wildlife habitat.  Yet still, others highlight the need for upholding the rights of those involved in producing and consuming dairy products and the well-being of animals. 

Regardless of the viewpoint taken success for the U.S. dairy sector hinges on its ability to abate threats and capitalize opportunities in a new globalized context.  Sustainability is not poorly-defined. Sustainability is integrative and interdisciplinary in nature. 

The goals for this Discover Conference are to provide a cross-section of key discipline experts and a venue for discussion and integration of these issues across animal physiology, nutrition, welfare, climate change, economics and marketing, social issues, and policy among others.  Continued success of the U.S. dairy production sector requires engagement in topics that usually do not surface in dairy production meetings, but are essential for improving the U.S. dairy industry and becoming more sustainable and vital for generations to come.

Who Should Attend?

In addition to traditional animal scientists, agricultural economists, and agricultural engineers, this conference will appeal to a broader group. That group includes representatives from retail food companies, milk processors and cooperatives, non-government organizations, animal health companies, and feed companies who also have an interest in ensuring continued industry viability. Graduate students are also invited to attend.


Registration postmarked by October 2, 2015 is $375.00 for ADSA-ASAS-ARPAS members and $425.00 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals. After October 2, the registration fee will be $475.00 member/$525.00 non-member, and will be accepted on an availability basis.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Graduate Student Registrations for each conference. The Graduate Student rate is $195 and is available to 10 students with verification from their graduate advisor on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link.

Online Registration
Printable Registration Form


All participants are responsible for making their own housing reservations. The Conference will be held at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, Illinois.

To make a reservation at Eaglewood Resort and Spa:
  1. By Phone: Call 877-285-6150 or 630-773-1400
    When making your reservation, refer to the "ADSA DISCOVER Conference.” This will bring up our block of rooms with our special rate of $139.00 plus tax per night.
  2. Online: To book a room on line, use the following link:
  3. Using the Web Site: Follow these steps to book from the Eaglewood web site:
    1. Go to www.eaglewoodresort.com
    2. Under the Make Reservations header at the top of the page enter your arrival information.
    3. Click on Group Code in the banner across the top.
    4. Select Group Code and enter ADSA1102
    5. Select your Room Preference
    6. Enter your Contact Information and Complete Reservation.
    7. Arrival Date: Monday, November 2, 2015
      Departure Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Special conference rate: $139.00 plus tax
Reservation Deadline: September 30, 2015
After this date reservations will be accepted on a rate and availability basis only.

Eaglewood Resort and Spa
Resort Main Tel: 630-773-1400 | Resort Fax: 630-773-1709 | Room Reservations: 877-285-6150 | http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/
1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL. 60143


The 106-acre Eaglewood Resort & Spa is strategically located in northwest Chicagoland, just a 35-minute drive from downtown Chicago, and 21 minutes west of O’Hare International Airport. The resort is easily accessible via major airports and roadways, and within reach of the area’s spectacular attractions.

Flight options: We suggest you fly into O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The airport is serviced by nearly every major airline. For a complete listing, go to http://www.ohare.com/About/OHare/Airlines.aspx

Ground Transportation: Eaglewood Resort and Spa is 21 minutes west of O'Hare. Several rental car agencies are located in the airport. In addition, there are a number of shuttle services for hire at the airport including A1 Limousine at http://www.a1limousine.com/. Additional shuttle options are available at http://www.flychicago.com/PassengerInformation/GroundTransportation/OHare/Default.aspx

Driving Directions: Complete driving directions to Eaglewood Resort and Spa can be found at http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/Location/location_directions.asp

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago
1401 Nordic Road
Itasca, IL 60143
Reservations: Toll-free 877-285-6150 - 630-773-1400
Hotel Fax: 630-773-1709

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 registration rate of $195, well below the early registration professional rate of $375. The graduate student registration rate is available to the first 10 graduate student registrants, including ASAS and ARPAS graduate students.

In that same year, the Foundation approved travel awards to graduate students. The Discover Conferences Scholarship Travel Award fund will make travel to Discover Conferences for graduate students more affordable by providing up to $250 per registered graduate student who attends a Discover Conference. Following a conference, these students need only complete an ADSA expense report (you'll find the form posted on the ADSA Web site at http://www.adsa.org/ADSA_Expense_Report.pdf ), attach receipts at least equal to the expense claimed, and send to ADSA Headquarters, 1800 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820 Attn: Cara Tharp. 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.

Conference Sponsors

Conference Details

November 2-5, 2015
Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, IL
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association

Conference Format

The Discover Conference Series is designed to provide a format and venue that encourages in-depth discussion of cutting-edge science.

ADSA Discover Conferencesā„  focus on topics of importance to the science of food animal agriculture and are held in a relaxed, informal setting. Sessions for this conference will allow ample time for discussion, networking and relaxation.

Program Committee Organizers

  • Roger Cady, Elanco (Co-Chair)
  • Ermias Kebreab, UC-Davis (Co-Chair)
  • Neal Martin, USDA-ARS (formerly)
  • Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Juan Tricarico, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
  • André-Denis Wright, University of Arizona
  • Becky Larson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Larry Miller, Discover Conference Series
  • Molly Kelley, Discover Conference Series