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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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Consumer Protection, Taxpayer Groups and Small Business Trade Associations Urge USDA to Review Federal Milk Marketing Orders

Consumer protection organizations, taxpayer watchdog groups and small business trade associations joined national and state-based small business associations in commenting on whether there is continued need for the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. The groups said because the federal orders are designed to raise the price of milk, they have a negative effect on the income and food benefits of federal food program recipients and they raise taxpayer costs of government feeding programs that include milk.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves Trade Promotion Authority

The Trade Benefits America Coalition, of which IDFA is a member, sent a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee, expressing support for Trade Promotion Authority legislation and urging committee members to pass it. Yesterday the committee approved the legislation and, according to a report in Politico Pro, the bill could reach the House and Senate by early May.

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IDFA Prepares Resources Following Blue Bell’s Nationwide Recall

On April 20, Blue Bell Creameries announced that it was voluntarily recalling all products made at any of its facilities due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. In response to the recall, IDFA has prepared resources and messages for members to use with customers, consumers and the media, and identified third-party experts who can address questions on public health and food safety.

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Joanna Lidback, owner of a small dairy farm in Vermont, told members of the House Agriculture Committee that mandatory GMO labeling would have a negative impact on consumers.

Joanna Lidback, owner of a small dairy farm in Vermont, told members of the House Agriculture Committee that mandatory GMO labeling would have a negative impact on consumers.

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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MilkPEP Launches Contest to Ramp Up Recovery with Chocolate Milk

The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) recently launched a photo contest as part of its new BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign, which aims to improve the perception of chocolate milk as a post-workout recovery beverage. Running from April 10 to August 3, the contest encourages athletes to share photos of themselves drinking low-fat chocolate milk as a nutritious and enjoyable way to recover after physical activity.

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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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International Dairy Show & Partners Exceed 300,000 Square Feet

More than 800 companies have signed up to exhibit at the International Dairy Show, PROCESS EXPO and InterBev Process, with sales already tracking ahead of the 2013 event. Read more.

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Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop 2015
May 12-13, 2015
The Embassy Suites Hotel Rosemont, IL

Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop, presented by Herbein + Company, Inc., is a workshop designed for all dairy accountants or financial managers who want to further their career by improving their company's bottom line. Sixteen hours of Accounting and Auditing Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE) will be awarded with the completion of this workshop.

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Organic Market Is Booming

Organic milk sales increased 9.5 percent during the first 11 months of 2014, reports USDA.

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