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2017 Dairy Foods Extension Catalogue

The Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team, with the Department of Food Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is a diverse group of faculty and staff with extensive knowledge that spans nearly all aspects of dairy science and technology. While our mission is to provide information and training programs to the dairy production and processing sectors, consumer questions and concerns are addressed as well.  The Dairy Foods Extension team is available to assist Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) in their training and outreach needs at the county level. We also provide classroom-style on-campus trainings as well as customizable in-plant trainings.


Digital 2017 Dairy Foods Extensions Catalogue




DCOE Expands Leadership Team

Jessica McArt, assistant professor of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (PMDS), speaks at the inaugural (2016) Dairy Center for Excellence (CDCE) Symposium.

The Dairy Center of Excellence is pleased to announce the addition of 5 new faculty members to our leadership team. Please join us in welcoming Sam Alcaine (Food Science), Heather Huson (Animal Science), Jessica McArt (Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences), Andrew Novakovic (Dyson) and Jeff Tester (Engineering).


Spring Seminar Series 2016

Inaugural Cornell Dairy Center of Excellence Spring Seminar Series – 2016   This twice monthly seminar series covers a broad range of dairy industry topics such as preventative medicine and herd health, dairy production management, food safety, epidemiology, worker training, industry relations and more. Seminar speakers will include Cornell faculty and invited guests. Want to propose a topic or speaker for an upcoming semester? Contact   All seminars will be held Mondays from 4-5 PM in Stocking Hall 146  

Date Speaker Department Topic
Feb 8 Quirine Ketterings Animal Science Whole farm nutrient mass balances for dairies in New York; Dairy Sustainability and Progress
Feb 22 Nicole Martin Food Science Systems approaches to dairy product quality
Mar 7 Tom Maloney Applied Economics and Management Agricultural Workforce Mega Trends and their Implications for Dairy Managers
Mar 21 Larry Chase Animal Science Cows, methane and global warming
April 4 Heather Huson Animal Science Dairy cattle genetics and genetic evaluations
April 18 Jenne De Koster Department of Obstetrics, Reproduction and Herd Health, Ghent University Insulin resistance in transition dairy cows
May 2 Jeff Tester Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering TBD – Energy recovery from dairy wastes

This series is also offered as course VTPMD 7081

PEER REVIEW | Samantha VanWees: Bacteria, Light and Milk Processing

samanthavanwees_with_posterImagine winning an internationally renowned competition just six weeks after graduation — the excitement and the happiness. For 22-year-old Chicago native Samantha VanWees’16, this was what happened.

VanWees’s research, entitled, “Inactivation of Bacillus Licheniformis Vegetative Cells and Spores in Milk Using Pulsed Light Treatment,” considered how pulsed light — a technique used for food decontamination using short, intense pulses of a broad spectrum of light — is able to reduce bacteria during milk processing. Her achievement won her top honors for her poster and presentation at the Institute of Food Technologists’ undergraduate research competition in Chicago.

During her time as an undergraduate student at Cornell University, VanWees majored in food science, saying it was her love of cooking and her mother’s influence that sparked her interest in food not only nutritionally but also chemically. Read more