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Roberts, Stabenow: Other Bills Come Before Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) may have their disagreements these days, but they agree that they have other bills to consider before they begin work on the 2018 farm bill, according to The Hagstrom Report. Roberts and Stabenow both said they look forward to the Senate considering their bipartisan child nutrition reauthorization bill.

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Renowned Political Prognosticator Added to Advocacy Days Program

David Wasserman, election analyst for The Cook Political Report, has been added to IDFA’s Advocacy Days program, June 14-15 in Washington, D.C. In this unusual election year, with Democrats hopeful about re-taking control of the Senate and Republicans determined to maintain their majorities, Wasserman’s presentation is sure to be a must-see. “I have had the opportunity to hear David speak several times over the years and his depth of knowledge on elections and the political process is astounding,” said Ashley Burch, IDFA director of political programs.

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Trade News Update: New Study helps to Assess TPP

In a statement, IDFA said that the newly released International Trade Commission report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership was an “important step forward” in assessing the benefits of the agreement. Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and general counsel, welcomed the long-awaited study. This trade news update also discusses industry activity that highlights the importance of TPP to each U.S. state economy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new allowance of raw sugar imports and new opportunities for dairy exports to Pakistan.

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Got PCQI? Pick a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Today

With September comes the Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that dairy plants have at least one employee who is considered to be a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual.” Why wait until September? Pick your PCQI today and then sign them up for the “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course,” scheduled for June 14-16, in Nashville, Tenn. IDFA has partnered with Mérieux NutriSciences to present the only course curriculum that can guarantee that your food safety plan personnel are in line with the Food Safety Modernization Act requirement that goes into effect this fall.

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IDFA Commends FDA for Responding to Issues with New Nutrition Facts Panel

The International Dairy Foods Association today acknowledged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s update of the Nutrition Facts panel, welcoming the agency’s willingness to make some reasonable revisions to the Nutrition Facts panel prior to issuing its final rules, while continuing to express concern regarding the declaration of added sugars now required on the label.

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Dairy Industry Applauds School Milk Support, Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 Passed House Committee Today

Dairy leaders applauded the House Education and the Workforce Committee for including key dairy provisions in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which was approved today by the committee. A bipartisan amendment by Congressman GT Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), specifically targeted at addressing declining school milk consumption, was unanimously approved. The bill will now move to consideration by the full House of Representatives.

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Proposed Changes to Risk Management Plan are Burdensome, IDFA Tells EPA

In comments filed with the Environmental Protection Agency last week, IDFA said that the proposed changes to its Risk Management Plan could have a negative impact on the dairy industry without supporting the goals and purposes of the rule — to prevent chemical accidents and minimize possible impacts of those accidents on communities. IDFA told the EPA that the current rules are effective in reducing risk of chemical accidents, and recommended that EPA reconsider several portions of its proposal.

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Regulatory RoundUP 2016

Jun 13-14, 2016
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Washington, DC

Regulatory RoundUP provides the opportunity for dairy professionals to hear firsthand from the decision-makers and the regulation officials who have direct responsibility for the rules that affect dairy plants, products and personnel. The conference will help dairy professionals better understand the intent behind federal regulations, the parameters for compliance and how best to engage in the process to shape pending regulations.

Advocacy Days

Jun 14-15, 2016
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Washington, DC

Advocacy Days emphasizes the important role that members play in advocating on Capitol Hill for policies that will enable their companies to prosper, grow and create jobs. The program will include many popular events from the past, including a briefing by IDFA’s top policy experts on pending legislation that will affect dairy processors, and face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and administration officials.

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ProFood Tech on Track to Meet or Beat Projections

Now 12 months out from the inaugural show, reservations for ProFood Tech have already surpassed 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, which is two-thirds of the total projected space. Chr. Hansen, Delkor Systems, DuPont Nutrition & Health, Ecolab, Evergreen Packaging, GEA, Integrated Packaging Machinery, serac and Tetra Pak are a few of the 200-plus industry leaders who have reserved spots on the show floor. Visit www.profoodtech.com to reserve your space.