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Benefits of Membership for Dairy Companies in the United States

The Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), National Cheese Institute (NCI), and International Ice Cream Association (IICA) are constituent organizations of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).  IDFA is a leading player in the formation of positive domestic and international dairy policies.  IDFA's voice speaks with powerful impact on a myriad of issues and challenges facing the dairy industry.  Members become part of a network of successful dairy professionals who offer their leadership, share ideas, and keep a watchful eye on developments that will affect their businesses. IDFA's expert staff is available to answer and discuss specific questions and provide assistance to individual members on their immediate needs.

So, how do you access IDFA information, expand your knowledge, and become an integral part of this network of dairy professionals?  Here's how:

On-Going Regular Communications

  • News Update Headlines – a weekly e-mail linking to the IDFA website with news on current industry and Association activities.
  • For late-breaking news, members receive e-mails specifically addressing the issue at hand.
  • SmartBrief – e-mail on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with the latest dairy business news.
  • Membership Conference Calls – Conference calls are scheduled every four months to review current issues, actions, and plans.  Members are encouraged to participate with questions and comments.

Access to Members-Only Documents on IDFA Website

Companies will find documents on new legislative and regulatory policies and guidance documents, as well as position papers, testimony and comments, links to government documents, and other important information on the IDFA website. Members receive a password to access members-only documents, which include current and archived information relating to food safety, product labeling, standards of identity, nutrition guidelines, environmental compliance, milk and ingredient pricing policies, legislative policies, economic & policy analyses, international trade negotiations, crisis management, media messaging, and much more.

Access to IDFA Staff Expertise

IDFA staff provides assistance to individual members on specific areas of concern, whether it's answering a question, assisting with a technical matter, or contacting an appropriate government agency on their behalf. 

IDFA is spokesperson for the dairy industry around the world, participating in international bodies, such as the World Trade Organization, Codex Alimentarius, and International Dairy Federation.  IDFA also networks with other dairy and food organizations around the world.

Boards, Committees and Task Forces

Members are urged to participate in committees to share their expertise and recommendations on issues that will direct the path of the industry’s future. These networking opportunities facilitate discussion for developing comments, guidelines, studies and other materials that will be presented for consideration by the White House, Congress and government agencies. Participation on the Boards of Directors requires nomination and election.

Education and Training Programs

IDFA’s education and training programs provide timely and relevant information pertaining to the ever-changing needs of the dairy industry.  Partner with IDFA to provide your employees with professional development and knowledge applicable to their job functions.  Members receive special discounted rates on registration fees for conferences, workshops, seminars, and webinars. In addition, these programs provide excellent networking opportunities for sharing information with other dairy industry professionals, as well as with suppliers of equipment, packaging, ingredients, and other supplies and services. IDFA is sponsor of the International Dairy Show, which provides educational sessions and exhibits of the latest technologies for your new product line, new construction, or plant renovations.

Communications and Public Relations

IDFA stands firm in promoting and defending the image of dairy products, providing factual information in countering activist attacks on dairy products. IDFA acts as a primary information source for news media, the public and government agencies on scientific, nutrition, and food safety issues. Key message points are available on a wide range of subjects to help your company respond to public inquiries or develop crisis management plans.

Special Services

IDFA offers special services to members as the need arises. IDFA staff is available to conduct full label reviews evaluating all parts of a food label, including the Nutrition Facts panel, ingredient declaration, nutrient content or health claims, and statements related to rBST, natural, Organic, Omega 3, and gluten free.


IDFA has developed easy-to-use manuals, reports, and statistical publications to keep companies up to date on the latest information, regulations and guidelines. Visit the IDFA store to view our full suite of for-sale publications.

Complimentary Publications Upon Joining

Please contact Cindy Cavallo, director of membership, at (202) 220-3505 or, if you have any questions.