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Meet Tristan Zuber of Cornell, IDFA’s NextGEN Partner

IDFA and Cornell University are partnering this fall to offer the NextGEN Symposium, a leadership development opportunity for members of IDFA’s NextGEN Dairy Network. Working alongside IDFA staff is Tristan Zuber, dairy foods extension associate at Cornell, who is featured this month in the network's “10 Questions With” segment.

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Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, and Kathryn Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, at IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP in June.

Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, and Kathryn Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, at IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP in June.

IDFA and Cornell University Team Up to Launch Leadership Development Program

IDFA is joining with Cornell University to offer leadership development opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the dairy foods business. The first joint program will be the NextGEN Symposium, October 6-8, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "Teaming up with an organization such as IDFA will help to bridge the gap in workforce development for the next generation of leaders in our industry,” said Kathryn J. Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.

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Commerce Department Announces Preliminary CVD Determination in Mexican Sugar Case

The U.S. Commerce Department announced its affirmative preliminary determination today on the countervailing duty (CVD) portion of the U.S. sugar producers’ petition against Mexican sugar imports. A fact sheet details the preliminary subsidy rate as well as next steps. The Sweetener Users Association, on whose board IDFA sits, released a statement stating, “Today’s ruling that the Mexican sugar industry received support from the Mexican government should surprise no one..." Click on headline to read more.

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After Nearly 25 Years, IDFA Bids Adieu to Clay Detlefsen

After almost 25 years of working together, we are saying good bye to a dear friend and colleague, Clay Detlefsen, this week,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. “I am proud of all that Clay has achieved for IDFA, our member companies and the dairy industry. The programs and projects that IDFA has developed with Clay and our team of subject matter experts will continue and IDFA will provide the expertise that has proven to be so critical to the advancement of our member companies and other stakeholders.” Click on headline to read more.

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IDFA to FDA: No Added Sugars Declaration, No Change to Ice Cream Serving Size

IDFA submitted comprehensive comments last week to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel. Overall, IDFA agreed that updating the Nutrition Facts panel is important to help consumers get the information they need and to provide the best nutritional science available. However, a number of the proposed changes raised concerns about the underlying science and their likely impact on consumer understanding. IDFA opposed the proposal to require a declaration of added sugars, saying it would not “assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices." Click on headline to read more.

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IDFA Wraps Up a Successful National Ice Cream Month

On the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s proclamation of July as National Ice Cream Month, IDFA and the ice cream industry made sure that ice cream stayed center stage in media coverage and top of mind for consumers. IDFA worked with national and regional journalists at the Associated Press, The New York Times, NBC and Huffington Post on stories about ice cream, and IDFA was mentioned as a source in several news stories.

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Members: Test New Energy Benchmarking Tools for Milk, Ice Cream Plants

EPA released this week its latest draft of ENERGY STAR® Energy Performance Indicators (EPI) for benchmarking the energy performance of fluid milk and ice cream processing plants. IDFA and the ENERGY STAR® program are asking dairy companies to test and evaluate the draft tools. Members may log in to download the tools. The EPIs for ice cream and fluid milk reflect the request from the dairy industry to evaluate the impact of climate and weather on energy use in dairy processing plants, according to Walt Tunnessen, national program manager for ENERGY STAR® who was a featured speaker at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP.

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NextGEN Symposium NextGEN Symposium
Oct 6-8, 2014
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Cornell University has teamed up with IDFA to create the first opportunity for leadership development.  The first ever NextGEN Symposium will be held October 6-8, 2014 at Cornell University. The program will feature exposure to the dairy industry from production to processing to supply chain distribution.  The program is also designed to enhance personal and professional networks, increase self-awareness, and improve leadership skills in a way that can drive change within an organization.

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