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Clinton-Heart Association Alliance: Healthy Food Sales to Schools Grow

Food companies that signed agreements with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2011 to develop healthier school foods at competitive prices have seen increases in sales, according to the alliance, a joint project of the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.

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USDA Releases Final Rule on Margin Protection Program for Dairy and Dairy Product Donation Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that dairy farmers can enroll in the new Margin Protection Program for Dairy starting September 2, 2014. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The program, which IDFA endorsed, replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program. The rule also implements regulations for the Dairy Product Donation Program.

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EU-South Africa Trade Deal Could Shut Out U.S. Cheese

After 10 years of negotiations, the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have signed an economic partnership agreement that includes the 28 member states of the EU, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique. Of particular concern for the U.S. dairy industry is the provision that offers the EU protection for geographical indications (GIs).

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IDFA to Launch New Webinar on Establishing Sampling Plans

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration will increasingly scrutinize the food industry’s use of microbiological sampling plans and specifications for ingredients and finished products. IDFA has teamed with Jeffrey Kornacki, Ph.D., a renowned food microbiologist, to offer a webinar that will help members establish statistically sound, science-based and risk-based microbiological criteria for dairy products.

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Labeling Webinar Series Returns This Fall to Cover Basics, Hot Topics

IDFA's Dairy Product Labeling Webinar Series will return this fall to help members produce compliant and effective product labels. The first session, October 28, will review labeling history, jurisdiction, terms and symbols. The second session, October 29, will highlight nutrition labeling basics and claims. The final session, October 30, will cover organic labeling, proposed future regulations and litigation related to food labels.

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IDFA Promotes Consumption of Dairy Products in Schools via Twitter Chat

While most kids were getting ready to go back to school last week, IDFA participated in a Twitter chat organized by student ambassadors from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service to promote the importance of dairy in schools and student diets.

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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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