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Aderholt Talks Dietary Guidelines and Budget to Vilsack

House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt, (R-AL), (pictured) told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that he expects the 2015 Dietary Guidelines to be limited to nutrition and diet recommendations, Aderholt said in a news release. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.

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Administrative Costs for Milk Marketing Orders Projected to Increase

The newly released budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture includes projected increased costs to operate the 10 federally sanctioned milk market orders. In 2014, the USDA budget for administration of the Federal Milk Marketing Orders was $47 million; it is expected to increase to $49 million in 2015 and further increase to $51 million in 2016.

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Trade News: West Coast Ports Dispute Resolved; Sugar Reform Act Reintroduced

This week's column by Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, discusses progress on Trade Promotion Authority, negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), the West Coast ports dispute, support from Congress on protecting proper protocols at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the reintroduction of the Sugar Reform Act.

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IDFA, NMPF Urge West Virginia to Oppose Raw Milk Bill

IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation sent a letter last week to the leaders of the West Virginia State Senate, asking them to oppose legislation that would further ease the sale of unpasteurized milk in the state. However, the Senate passed the bill, which would allow state residents to share ownership of milk-producing animals and consume raw milk, by a vote of 18-16.

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IDFA Urges FDA to Finalize Standards of Identity for Yogurt

IDFA filed comments last Friday with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging the agency to move forward with finalizing the 2009 proposed rule to update the existing federal standards of identity for yogurt. The existing, separate standards for nonfat yogurt, lowfat yogurt, and yogurt need revisions, IDFA said, so they will align with current federal labeling standards, reflect current consumer demands and market trends, and accommodate the latest yogurt production techniques and ingredients.

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IDFA Digs Deeper into Details of Dietary Guidelines Report

Following last week’s release of the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, IDFA continues to analyze the report’s recommendations regarding dairy foods. Overall, the committee placed an emphasis on eating and drinking a variety of nutrient-dense foods and urged Americans to consume more lowfat and fat-free dairy. However, the report raised concerns about cheese intake and suggested that Americans could consume more lowfat and fat-free milk to raise levels of shortfall nutrients, such as calcium and potassium, and less cheese to decrease levels of saturated fat and sodium found in some cheeses.

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IDFA Joins USFRA and National Conversations About Food Production

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a consumer-focused group that aims to lead conversations about how food is grown and raised, recently added nine new affiliates, including IDFA. USFRA’s goal is to enhance consumer confidence and trust in food production through programs like The Food Dialogues, which IDFA and USFRA hosted at Dairy Forum.

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2015 International Dairy Show Adds Co-Packer Pavilion To Show Floor

IDFA has announced the addition of a Co-Packer Pavilion on the 2015 show floor. The Co-Packer Pavilion is just one of many enhancements the Dairy Show has made for the 2015 event. Read more.

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