Featured speakers for the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. will be Dana H. Coale, Deputy Administrator for AMS Dairy Programs, USDA, and Roger A. Cady, Ph.D., Senior Technical Advisor and Sustainability Lead on the Elanco Food Industry & Consumer Affairs team. The meetings will be held at the North Conway Grand Hotel in North Conway, N.H., from June 27 through 30. Coale will address the 54th Annual Meeting of National All-Jersey Inc. on Friday afternoon, June 29. Since September of 2004 she has served as the Deputy Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Dairy Programs. The AMS Dairy Programs is responsible for administering the Federal milk marketing order program, reporting dairy market news, developing dairy product standards, inspecting and grading dairy products and facilities, reviewing equipment for meat and poultry processing, and overseeing dairy producer and fluid milk processor promotion and research programs. Dana has spent nearly her entire career with the AMS Dairy Programs. She began as an agricultural marketing specialist in 1990 working with the Federal milk marketing order program. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Administrator, she served as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Dairy Programs for almost three years. Dana began her career with AMS Fruit and Vegetable Programs in 1989 working in the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Branch as a marketing specialist. Dana grew up on a grain and livestock farm in central Iowa. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture and International Agriculture from Iowa State University. Roger A. Cady, Ph.D., will be the featured presenter for the seminar programs starting at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at the North Conway Grand Hotel. In his role as Senior Technical Advisor and Sustainability Lead on the Elanco Food Industry & Consumer Affairs team, Dr. Cady works with the dairy industry and retail chain providing sound science to support sustainable agricultural practices. His current work is focused on methods to reduce natural resource use in the production of food animal protein and promote environmentally sustainable practices in the food animal industry. Cady is a native of New York and received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Breeding from Cornell University. He has served several technical roles during his 12-year employment at Monsanto and now Elanco Animal Health. Prior to working in industry, Cady was professor and extension dairy specialist for 18 years at University of New Hampshire and Washington State University. He was co-founder of a popular international 20-year old e-mail based discussion group covering dairy herd management issues. He is also a founder of the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA). Dr. Cady is a member and past officer in the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and has served on various national and state industry committees and boards. He was recipient of the Alfa-Laval Agri, ADSA Award for excellence in dairy cattle extension. In 1999 the DCHA created an award named in his honor which is presented annually for excellence in service to dairy heifer growers. The seminars on June 27 will include hands-on workshops for Herd View and JerseyMate™, two of the web-based services available from the American Jersey Cattle Association. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet computers to the sessions, which will be conducted by Cari Wolfe, Director of Research & Genetic Programs, and Brad Barham, Business Development Consultant. Complete information on the event schedule and registration for the 2012 AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings is available on the USJersey.com web site, or by calling 614/322-4456. Reservations at the North Conway Grand Hotel must be made no later than May 26. The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, maintains identification and performance records for dairy herd owners and provides services that support genetic improvement and greater profitability through increasing the value of and demand for Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has served Jersey owners by promoting the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and milk products. Visit USJersey.com for more information about AJCA and NAJ programs and services, or follow the news feed at facebook.com/USJersey. 4.25.2012