For 83 years, the Cornell Nutrition Conference has provided industry leading research and information across the spectrum of animal nutrition to feed industry professionals and nutritional consultants.

2021 Conference Update

October 19 - 21, 2021

The year's event will be a hybrid format, with options to attend in-person in Syracuse, NY and virtually.  During the 3-day event, you'll hear from university academics and researchers providing information and updates across the spectrum of animal nutrition.

Registration is open!

Choose to join us live in Syracuse, NY or participate virtually from your home or office.  All registrants will have access to a conference app featuring additional electronic content and networking opportunities.

Event Sponsorship

2021 sponsorship is open!

Pre-Conference and breakfast sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2023 conference and beyond.

2020 Recordings Available

Presentation recordings and PowerPoint slides from the 2020 conference are available for purchase online ($100 USD).


Pre-Conference Symposium sponsored by Balchem

Complete agenda coming soon!  Speakers include:

  • Dr. Chad Dechow, Penn State University
  • Dr. Marie Caudill, Cornell University
  • Dr. Chris Ashwell, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Jimena LaPorta, University of Wisconsin

6:30 AM

Breakfast, sponsored by Milk Specialties

7:00 AM

Understanding Variation in Milk Protein
Dr. Kevin Harvatine, Penn State University

8:15 AM

Conference Welcome

8:20 AM

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Impact on Dairy 
Dr. Jim Aldrich, CSA Animal Nutrition

9:00 AM

To Be Announced
Dr. Joeva Barrow, Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences

9:40 AM

Presentation of Maynard Graduate Award
Dr. Tom Overton, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

9:50 AM


Dairy Production and Climate Change Symposium

10:10 AM

Farming of the Future: Agriculture as a Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change
Dean Ben Houlton, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

10:30 AM

Net Zero Initiative
Curt Gooch, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

11:10 AM

Enteric Methane Mitigation
Dr. Ermias Kebreab, University of California, Davis

11:50 AM


Cornell Sustainable Agriculture Project Updates

1:00 PM

Managing Dairy Footprints: Whole Farm Nutrient and Carbon Balances in Action
Dr. Quirine Ketterings and Dr. Olivia Godber, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

1:35 PM

Highlights of Progress and Findings in the Second Year of the USDA Broiler Project
Dr. Xingen Lei, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science and Dr. Walter Bottje, University of Arkansas

2:10 PM

Ruminant Farm Systems Model: Development Progress and Applications
Dr. Kristan Reed, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

2:30 PM

Environmental Impacts of Dairy Production: New Developments at Cornell Including Climate X
Dr. Joe McFadden, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

2:50 PM


3:10 PM

Bile Acid Metabolism: A Case for Study in Dairy Cattle
Dr. Joe McFadden, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

3:40 PM

Should We Be Considering Lysophosphatidylcholine as a Potential Immunotherapy in Dairy Calves?
Brianna Tate, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

4:10 PM

Transition Cow Nutrition and Management Strategies of Large Dairy Herds in the Northeastern US
Allison Kerwin, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

4:45 PM

Peter J. Van Soest – His Revolutionary Impact on the Science and Education of Fiber Nutrition
Dr. Dave Mertens, Mertens Innovations & Research and Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

5:30 PM

Evening Dinner Reception and Tributes to Dr. Peter Van Soest


6:30 AM

Breakfast, sponsored by Alltech

7:00 AM

Techniques and Technologies for Maximizing Immunity in Dairy Cows
Dr. Luke Miller, Alltech

8:15 AM


8:20 AM

Graduate Student Research Spotlights

9:10 AM

Charlie Sniffen Graduate Research Presentation, sponsored by Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health

9:50 AM


10:10 AM

NASEM (New NRC) Overview
Dr. Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University

10:50 AM

Redefining the Effect of Rumensin on Milk Production Efficiency and Milk Composition in Dairy Cows
Dr. Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science

11:30 AM

Highlighting Dairy’s Progress Towards Environmental Goals
Dr. Larry Chase, Cornell University (Emeritus)

12:00 PM


Conference Hotel Information

Doubletree Hotel
6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 432-0200

Doubletree Group Rate

$130.00 per night single/double occupancy

Group Code: CDTCN2
Book Online

Reservation Deadline: September 21, 2021

Hotel Reminders

  • Book your hotel by the cutoff date to receive the reduced conference rate.
  • All hotel rates are subject to state, local and occupancy taxes.
  • Rates apply to reservations between October 17 and 21 only.  If you choose to make a reservation beyond these dates, the system will respond with no availability.
  • You may cancel your individual reservation up to 48 hours before your arrival without charge.
  • For Doubletree reservations - individual names should be used when making reservations.  If requesting multiple rooms under the same name, you will be asked by the hotel to supply individual names no later than 45 days prior to check-in.  We have received an increasing number of cancellations which limits the availability of rooms to other guests.  We appreciate your assistance in making accurate reservations so that we can continue to offer discounted rates to conference attendees.

Conference Committee

  • Tom Overton - Chair
  • dmconf [at] (subject: Cornell%20Nutrition%20Conference) (Heather Darrow) - Conference Coordinator
  • Ron Butler, Cornell University
  • Larry Chase - Cornell University
  • Heather Dann, Miner Institute
  • Debbie Cherney, Cornell University
  • Rick Grant, Miner Institute
  • Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University
  • Xingen Lei, Cornell University
  • Joseph McFadden, Cornell University
  • Kristan Reed, Cornell University
  • Mike Thonney, Cornell University
  • Nathalie Trottier, Cornell University
  • Mike Van Amburgh, Cornell University

For More Information

Heather Darrow
Conference Coordinator
272 Morrison Hall | Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-4478 | Email: hh96 [at]