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  • October 17, 2017

    US Negotiators Discuss Dairy Issues in NAFTA Talks

    The fourth round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began last week outside of Washington, D.C., where representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico discussed the agreement’s Agriculture chapter, including dairy. In a new proposal, U.S. negotiators asked Canada to address concerns about Canada’s new dairy pricing policy, which has effectively blocked some U.S. dairy exports to Canadian markets and lowered prices for skim milk powders around the globe. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, attended the talks, which ran Oct. 11-17, to advocate for dairy and engage with U.S. negotiators as a cleared advisor.
  • October 17, 2017

    IDFA Supports Keeping Sodium Phosphates on National List

    In comments filed last week with the National Organic Standards Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, IDFA encouraged the department to continue to allow the use of sodium phosphates in organic dairy products. IDFA said sodium phosphates should remain on the National List of ingredients that may be used in processed organic products because they have unique properties in processing that other ingredients can’t provide. Sodium phosphates are emulsifying salts that offer a uniform structure for organic processed cheese during production and act as stabilizers in some fluid dairy products.
  • October 17, 2017

    Ag Exports and Trade Key Topics for International Sweetener Colloquium

    Ag Exports and Trade Key Topics for International Sweetener Colloquium The International Sweetener Colloquium will return to the East Coast in 2018. Co-hosted by IDFA and the Sweetener Users Association, the event will be held Feb. 11-14 at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, where key players from all sectors of the global sweetener industry will gather to discuss the current environment, challenging issues and the future of the industry. Although the keynote speaker has not yet been confirmed, IDFA expects to feature a top administration official who is one of the decision-makers regarding the U.S. sugar program.
  • October 11, 2017

    Dairy Trade on Agenda in Fourth Round of NAFTA Talks

    The fourth round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), began this week in Washington, D.C., where negotiators are discussing dairy trade issues among the agreement’s three countries, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Maintaining the U.S. dairy industry’s export market in Mexico is the number one priority for IDFA in the renegotiation. IDFA has also pushed for the negotiators to address Canada’s use of new milk pricing policies. “Securing NAFTA provisions that curb these actions is the most important way we can ensure that new Canadian market access is meaningful for U.S. dairy companies and that U.S. dairy products can compete fairly in third-country markets,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, who is attending the talks as a cleared advisor.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
    October 11, 2017

    Administration Advocates an Offensive Ag Trade Strategy: Seek New Markets in Asia Pacific

    Two influential agriculture voices in Washington, D.C., last week made it clear that the administrations’ growing trade team is focused on issues that matter to the dairy industry. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stressed the importance of seeking new markets for agricultural trade in China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines in comments last week at the Washington International Trade Association. Gregg Doud, the nominee for Chief Agricultural Negotiator within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, also stressed the need for the United States to pursue bilateral trade deals in the Asia Pacific region in his remarks in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.
  • October 11, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Gets Rave Reviews, New Name

    Earlier this fall, IDFA introduced a powerful new economic impact tool that quantifies the economic stimulus that dairy products provide, both nationally and locally. "The response to this new resource has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. “Because the tool delivers previously unavailable data; delivers the ability to demonstrate the power of dairy; and will continue to deliver real value for our members as it is updated, we have given it a new name: Dairy Delivers: The Economic Impact of Dairy Products.”
  • October 11, 2017

    'Dairy Delivers' Highlights Ohio Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in Ohio employs more than 38,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.48 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $8.19 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank seventh among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry. See what it says about your state.
  • October 11, 2017

    Dairy Forum Headliner Zachary Karabell: Chart Your Own Leading Indicators

    The world’s financial markets are more interconnected now than ever before, but the economic tools used to measure success and growth fall short in today’s dynamic global economy, according to Zachary Karabell, author of The Leading Indicators and a keynote speaker at Dairy Forum 2018. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, recently sat down with Karabell to preview his talk. “What your customers are doing tells you more about the world you are in than a lot of big numbers such as GDP,” Karabell told Dykes. Karabell suggested that business leaders tap into available data to craft custom indicators that will enable them to effectively evaluate economic performance and opportunities for growth.
  • October 11, 2017

    Bob Yonkers to Return as Milk Procurement Workshop Lead Instructor

    Although he recently retired as IDFA’s chief economist, Bob Yonkers, Ph.D., will be returning to lead IDFA’s Milk Procurement Workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The workshop provides a hands-on overview of milk price regulations for dairy industry professionals. Yonkers’ background, knowledge and experience enable him to teach his dairy industry colleagues about how dairy policies and market regulations impact businesses. He will offer his insight and experience on essential topics such as dairy industry trends, federal dairy policies, pricing under Federal Milk Marketing Orders and basics of dairy risk management.
  • October 11, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes New Members Land O'Lakes, Compeer Financial and Harford Control Limited

    IDFA welcomes three new members this week. Land O'Lakes, Inc., the member-owned cooperative with operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods, joined the Milk Industry Foundation and National Cheese Institute. Joining as Business Partner were Compeer Financial, a financial services provider to agriculture production and agribusiness industries, and Harford Control Limited, a factory floor information management systems developer and supplier.
  • Mike Reidy, senior vp, Leprino Foods Company, will serve as IDFA chair in the coming year.
    October 05, 2017

    Associations Welcome New Officers and Board Members

    During the fall board meetings held this week in Denver, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and its three constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) – elected new officers and board members. Leading the associations during the next year will be IDFA Chair Mike Reidy, Leprino Foods Company; Vice Chair Jay Bryant, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.; Secretary David Ahlem, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.; and Treasurer Alan Thomsen, Schoep’s Ice Cream Co., Inc.
  • October 04, 2017

    FDA Proposes Extending Nutrition Facts Compliance Date to January 2020

    The Food and Drug Administration last week proposed extending the compliance date for updates to the Nutrition Facts label from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020. The announcement formalizes the agency’s intent to delay implementation to this date, which was first hinted at by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., during a POLITICO event earlier this month. “While not final, the proposed delay provides much-needed clarity to dairy companies left wondering when the rule would go into effect,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs. “It indicates that FDA understands companies need more time to overhaul their product labels.”
  • High school students tour Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. this month ahead of MFGDAY.
    October 04, 2017

    Join IDFA in Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

    IDFA is taking to social media Friday, Oct. 6, to celebrate dairy product manufacturing’s positive impact on the U.S. economy during National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) and is inviting members to join the celebration. MFG DAY garners hundreds of thousands of participants every year and provides an opportunity for IDFA and member companies to underscore the vital role of dairy manufacturers in the United States economy. IDFA, an official endorser of MFG DAY, will engage its social audience of nearly 8,000 users on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with positive messages, facts and images illustrating the important work of dairy manufacturing companies. Members can search @dairyidfa on all three platforms for IDFA posts to share.
  • October 04, 2017

    Earn 16 CPE Credits at Accounting and Finance Workshop

    The complexities of milk pricing and Federal Milk Marketing Orders are only a few of the issues facing chief financial officers, financial managers and accountants in the dairy industry today. Changing industry benchmarks and possible tax reform are timely topics that financial managers must stay on top of, in addition to all the federal regulations and dairy accounting practices. To help members stay current, IDFA and Herbein + Company, Inc. are presenting the Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The intensive two-day course will allow attendees to earn 16 Accounting and Auditing Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
  • October 04, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Highlights Minnesota Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in Minnesota employs nearly 25,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.16 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $9.4 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank sixth among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
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