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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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USDA Report Forecasts Slight Increase in U.S. Sugar Supply

The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released on September 11 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reflects an increase in projected U.S. sugar supply for fiscal year 2014/15 from last month’s projection. The projected stock-to-use ratio increased to 8.5 percent, up from 6.9 percent last month. For more information, contact Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, at

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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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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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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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IDFA Commends Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Worker Safety

IDFA announced the names of 72 dairy company operations that will receive Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates from the association this year. This is the 11th year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The operations were judged on specific data required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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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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