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House Ag Hearing Boosts TPA, but Peterson Undecided

After a hearing that featured testimony from farm leaders favoring trade promotion authority, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said “it is time to pass TPA,” but House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has said he is still undecided, according to The Hagstrom Report.

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Enhance Congressional Support for Dairy, TPA by Hosting Plant Tours

Members of Congress will be returning to their home districts next week for the Easter congressional recess. That means the coming two weeks would be an ideal time for dairy processors across the country to host their representatives and senators for educational tours at their processing facilities. “Plant tours offer an excellent way to connect on a personal level with lawmakers and allow them to see firsthand what dairy businesses need to be successful,” said Ashley Burch, director of political programs for IDFA.

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Trade News: TPA Bill May Hit in April; ITC Rules on Sugar

Trade News is a periodic update that provides a concise compilation of current trade happenings and their impact on the dairy industry. This week's column by Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, discusses progress on Trade Promotion Authority, the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) ruling on the Mexican sugar case, and negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

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Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner for food for the Food and Drug Administration, discussed agency priorities last year at Regulatory RoundUP.

Mike Taylor, deputy commissioner for food for the Food and Drug Administration, discussed agency priorities last year at Regulatory RoundUP.

Engage with Federal Decision-Makers at Regulatory RoundUP This June

Did you know you can participate in discussions with federal officials before many dairy regulations are finalized? IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 16-17 in Washington, D.C., will provide information-packed, interactive sessions between dairy industry professionals and key government regulators. This year’s program will cover cybersecurity, labeling reform, the recommended revisions to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, barriers to trade and much more. Register today and make your voice heard.

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Dairy Industry Continues to Support Voluntary GMO Labeling Act

IDFA supports “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” a bill that proposes to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that was introduced on Tuesday by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). The bill, similar to one introduced by the congressmen last April, would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jurisdiction over GMO labeling, prevent a 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws and provide consumers with consistent information.

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Encourage Dairy Consumption with Clear Messages, IDFA Tells USDA, HHS

“It’s vitally important that the Dietary Guidelines maintains its emphasis on the importance of consuming three servings of dairy every day.” That’s the main message IDFA delivered yesterday to federal officials regarding the recommendations released last month by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. “The Dietary Guidelines should encourage consumption of nutrient-dense foods, like milk, yogurt and cheese, including those that contain some added sugars, sodium or saturated fat,” said Michelle Matto, RD, IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant.

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IDFA Develops Animal Care Communications Toolkit

In a recent IDFA-sponsored survey, dairy company executives identified good animal care as an important issue for their companies, their customers and their consumers. To help members share their animal care policies across their supply chain and provide transparency about their commitment to good animal care, IDFA created the “Animal Care Communications Toolkit.”

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2015 International Dairy Show Adds Partner Pavilion

IDFA has added a Partner Pavilion to the 2015 show floor. The Partner Pavilion is just one of many enhancements the Dairy Show has made for the 2015 event. Read more.

Milk Procurement Workshop Milk Procurement Workshop 2015
Mar 25-26, 2015
The Embassy Suites
Rosemont, IL

An overview of dairy industry trends, policy and pricing basics with a focus on understanding milk price regulation, including how farm milk is priced both inside and outside the Federal Milk Marketing Order System.


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