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School Lunch Debate Continues

The drama over school meals continues, following the publication of The New York Times Magazine article “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground.” The School Nutrition Association CEO wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times that called for “commonsense flexibility” in administering the healthier meals rules. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.

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Dairy Product Donation Program Best Served by Vouchers, IDFA Says

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued in August its final rule on implementation plans for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy and the Dairy Product Donation Program (DPDP), which were established by the 2014 Farm Bill. In comments submitted Tuesday, IDFA focused on the DPDP, stressing the importance of proper timing and product selection, and urging USDA to select a voucher system for distribution.

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IDFA Concerned About Managed Trade Agreements on Mexican Sugar Imports

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday that it initialed draft agreements with the Government of Mexico and Mexican sugar exporters that would suspend antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of imports of Mexican sugar. The agreements create mechanisms that would ensure that imports of Mexican sugar do not cause injury to U.S. sugar producers and would allow Mexican sugar to continue to enter the U.S. market without antidumping or countervailing duties.

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IDFA, NMPF Urge States to Keep Restrictions on Raw Milk

IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation sent joint letters last week to oppose efforts in two states that aim to make raw milk more accessible to consumers. The Illinois Department of Public Health this month issued proposed regulations that would include raw milk in its definition of milk available for sale to consumers. The New Hampshire House Committee on Environment and Agriculture has proposed legislation that would allow consumers to buy raw milk at farm stands in the state.

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Declaration of Added Sugars Not Needed, IDFA Tells Health Canada

Health Canada, the agency responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, proposed changes this summer to the nutrition information required on the country’s Nutrition Facts table. In comments filed last week, IDFA expressed concern about the provision that would mandate the declaration of added sugars. IDFA demonstrated that the declaration would not help consumers and in some causes could mislead or confuse them.

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Organizations Urge Obama to Continue Child Nutrition Support

IDFA and other food organizations joined a coalition of more than 1,000 national, state and local groups this week in calling for continued support to combat childhood hunger and improve nutrition offered through federal programs. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the group urged him to continue his commitment to child nutrition programs and efforts to reduce child hunger and obesity by including significant new investments to the programs in his FY2016 budget.

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IDFA to Co-Host Dialogue on Animal Care at Dairy Forum

IDFA will join with the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA) to host an interactive dialogue on the impact of animal care issues in the dairy industry at Dairy Forum 2015. The Food Dialogues® bring together diverse opinions for dynamic panel discussions on today’s most pressing topics related to food and food production. “You won’t want to leave Dairy Forum until you’ve heard this panel,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO.

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Jan 25-28, 2015
Boca Raton Resort & Club
Boca Raton, FL

IDFA's annual Dairy Forum has become the must-attend meeting for U.S. dairy leaders. Dairy Forum 2015 offers an exceptional opportunity to build relationships, hear about the latest consumer trends from industry experts and discuss the current political landscape as it relates to the dairy industry. Join us this January at Dairy Forum 2015 to envision what it will take to move dairy fearlessly into the future.

 

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