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National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
Nutrition Facts Label Changes
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If you need to pay your registration by check, please download the paper registration form by clicking here. Once completed, please mail the registration form along with the check to the International Dairy Foods Association, 1250 H St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.

For more information, contact Maria Velasco, IDFA meetings coordinator and registrar, at registrar@idfa.org.

Registration Fees
Registration fees for Dairy Forum are based on your company’s IDFA membership status. If you have any questions about membership, please email membership@idfa.org.

Member Processors and Gold Business Partners $1,595
Producers/Farmers
Dairy producers and farmers are persons directly engaged in the production of farm milk. This rate will also apply for employees of nonprocessing co-ops that are not eligible for IDFA membership.
$1,595
Business Partners

$1,895

Nonmembers $2,300
News Media $375
Government
Government employees who work directly for a local, state or federal government or legislative body. Government contractors are not eligible for this rate.
$375
University
Faculty members and students registered for Dairy Forum must present a proof of enrollment at a university or college along with the registration form.

$375

Companion/Spouse
Includes access to Chairman’s Lecture, evening receptions and both spouse activities.
$150
Tip Tipton Memorial Golf Tournament $275
Afternoon Golf Tournament $275
Tennis Tournament $115

Cancellation Policy
IDFA will refund the registration fee, minus a $75 processing fee, for any cancellation received up to four weeks before the meeting. Cancellations received after Dec. 30, 2016, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Please be advised that your Dairy Forum registration fee is nonrefundable after Jan. 15, 2017. Substitutions are encouraged and may be made without penalty. All cancellations must be received in writing. IDFA reserves the right to cancel all unpaid registrations.

All optional activities such as golf, tennis and spouse activities cancellations will receive a full refund before Dec. 30, 2016. No optional activity refunds will be given after this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is Dairy Forum being held?
Dairy Forum will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, through Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

2. Why should I attend Dairy Forum?
IDFA’s annual Dairy Forum has become the premier meeting place for leaders across the U.S. dairy industry, representing producers, co-ops, processors, retailers and suppliers. All segments of the dairy industry come together to gain insight from experts, discuss the top issues of the coming year and take advantage of the best networking opportunities available to dairy professionals.

3. Who attends Dairy Forum?
Dairy Forum draws leaders from across the dairy industry, including processors, producers, business partners and suppliers, retailers, academics, policy makers and journalists. Whether in the sessions, at the social occasions or during golf or tennis tournaments, Dairy Forum offers the best networking opportunities for dairy leaders.

4. Will there be exhibits?
No, there are no exhibits for this event.

5. Which hotel has been reserved? What is the rate?
Dairy Forum will be held at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla. IDFA has a special room rate of $283 per night plus applicable taxes.

6. Can I make my hotel reservations now?
Yes, you can make your reservation directly with the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, either online or by phone at (800) 266-9432. When calling, refer to IDFA or Dairy Forum to receive the special room rate.

7. What is the schedule for Dairy Forum?
An agenda with program and activities is available here. Please note that the program schedule is subject to change.

8. How can I become a speaker at Dairy Forum?
Dairy Forum offers attendees access to divergent opinions, insights from important policy makers and results from the latest research. Because this conference is based on the latest issues and concerns facing the industry as a whole, topics and speakers are suggested by IDFA members and dairy industry colleagues. To suggest a topic for Dairy Forum, please email Elizabeth Cookson, IDFA senior director of meetings and educational services, at ecookson@idfa.org.

9. How do I register for Dairy Forum?
The fastest and easiest way to register is online. You may also email your registration to registrar@idfa.org, fax it to 202-331-7820 or mail it to: IDFA Registrar, 1250 H St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.

10. What is the registration fee?
Registration fees for Dairy Forum are based on your company’s IDFA membership status. The registration fee is $1,595 for individuals who work for milk producers, member companies that produce dairy products and Gold Business Partners. Individuals who are employed by IDFA Business Partners should register at the $1,895 rate. If your company is not a member of IDFA, your registration fee is $2,300. University faculty or students, members of the media and government employees qualify for a special registration rate of $375. Faculty members and students registered for Dairy Forum must present a proof of enrollment at a university or college along with the registration form.

11. What does my registration fee include?
Your registration fee includes access to all sessions, Sunday through Wednesday; meal functions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and receptions on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.

12. Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
Yes, you will receive a confirmation of your registration via email. It will contain detailed information about Dairy Forum.

13. What is the registration cancellation/refund policy?
IDFA will refund the registration fee, minus a $75 processing fee, for any cancellation received up to four weeks before the meeting. Cancellations received after Dec. 30, 2016, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Please be advised that your Dairy Forum registration fee is nonrefundable after Jan. 15, 2017. Substitutions are encouraged and may be made without penalty. All cancellations must be received in writing. IDFA reserves the right to cancel all unpaid registrations.

All optional activities such as golf, tennis and spouse activities cancellations will receive a full refund before Dec. 30, 2016. No optional activity refunds will be given after this date.

14. I am a member of the media. Do you have a special media registration rate?
Yes, it is $375.

15. What is the dress code?
Business-casual attire is recommended. Orlando temperatures average around 71 degrees in the winter months.

16. I am bringing my family with me. Will there be activities for them to enjoy?
Golf and tennis tournaments are played on Sunday, Jan. 29. Spouses and guests are invited to participate in these events, in addition to the spouse activities offered throughout the conference. The J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes offers a great variety of family-oriented activities as well. Please visit the hotel website to view these offerings.

17. Will there be an open evening for entertaining clients and exploring Orlando?
There are no scheduled conference events on Monday evening.

18. What is the difference between scramble and shamble golf tournaments?
In a scramble, each golfer in the foursome (or threesome) takes a shot from the tee. From that point, the team decides who has the best drive, and all players advance forward to that spot to take their second shots. This process continues, with the best shot being taken each time, until a member of the team is able to hole out. The team’s score for that particular hole is recorded as the number of team “strokes” it took to get the ball in the cup.

A shamble is slightly different in that only the best drive (or tee shot) is used for each team member’s second shot. From that point, normal stroke play ensues as each player plays his or her own ball, and each golfer is responsible for holing out in the fewest number of shots. Thus, a scramble continuously uses the best shot from the group, while a shamble uses only the best drive.

19. When am I allowed to schedule private meetings?
No meetings or events may be held during Dairy Forum program hours at the resort. Resort personnel will advise IDFA of any such requests. However, we invite you to host a meeting or event at the resort during the following nonprogram times:

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Anytime

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017
Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

After 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
After 11:00 a.m.

20. My question is not here. Whom should I contact?
If you have other questions about Dairy Forum, please contact the meetings team at registrar@idfa.org.