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  • February 23, 2017

    IDFA Persists in Pressing Canada for Fair Market Access

    IDFA continues to press Canada to allow fair market access for U.S. dairy products by finding more outlets and opportunities to share the message with U.S. and Canadian audiences. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, was interviewed by CTV News, Canada’s 24-hour news network, for a segment that highlighted Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland’s meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan and his comments about fair access for U.S. dairy. Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, also wrote a column titled “Canada is up to no good with its trade policies” for the February issue of Dairy Foods magazine.
  • February 23, 2017

    Members Invited to Participate in Trade Mission to Egypt

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host its next Agricultural Trade Mission in Cairo, Egypt, April 2-6, and IDFA member companies are invited to participate. The trade mission will connect U.S. agricultural companies with potential customers and offer educational opportunities on market conditions and import procedures for Egypt, Algeria, Jordan and Lebanon. Together, these four countries imported nearly $1.5 billion in food and agricultural products in 2016, with Egypt purchasing the largest share of dairy at $29 million.
  • February 23, 2017

    IDFA, NMPF Continue to Oppose Raw Milk Sales in Montana

    IDFA joined the National Milk Producers Federation earlier this month in opposing a proposed bill in Montana’s state legislature that would allow small-herd milk producers to sell raw milk and raw milk products directly to consumers. The Montana House passed the bill yesterday and sent it to the Montana Senate for consideration. In the past few years, a handful of raw milk bills have been introduced in Montana only to be voted down. During this time, IDFA and NMPF sent similar letters to state lawmakers outlining the dangers of drinking unpasteurized milk and urging them to oppose these bills.
  • February 23, 2017

    ProFood Tech Food Safety Series to Target Listeria

    The hunt for Listeria monocytogenes is well underway throughout the food industry, and new technology is giving regulators new pathways to its detection and prevention. How are the regulatory policy and climate shifting with these major changes? The ProFood Tech conference program, led by IDFA, will feature sessions devoted to the fight against Listeria monocytogenes, including a two-part session on whole genome sequencing. ProFood Tech, which will be held April 4-6 in Chicago, will offer more than 50 cross-industry educational sessions and three pre-conference workshops on food safety. Have you registered yet?
  • February 23, 2017

    Will Your Ice Cream Flavor Win ‘Most Innovative’ in 2017?

    Fun fruit combinations and liquor-inspired treats won big with attendees at IDFA’s last Ice Cream Technology Conference. Will your creation win next month? IDFA is encouraging all attendees of the upcoming conference, March 7-8 in Henderson, Nev., to participate by submitting an application for the Most Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Contest by March 2. This popular competition, sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine, offers the opportunity for ice cream and frozen dessert makers, as well as flavoring suppliers, to showcase their latest ice cream flavors and novelties.
  • Frank Otis, President and CEO of Crystal Creamery (left) and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of IDFA
    February 23, 2017

    Dykes Captures Listening-and-Learning Tour in Twitter Moment

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, is continuing his nationwide listening-and-learning tour, visiting IDFA members and their state-of-the-art operations. A new Twitter Moment showcasing the faces and places of IDFA member companies is now live from @michaeldykesdc, and represents an up-to-date chronicle of the nearly 20 visits he’s conducted among members. The feature will be updated with photos and messages from additional trips in the coming weeks.
  • February 15, 2017

    IDFA Commends Food Industry Initiative on Product Date Labels

    “IDFA commends industry-wide efforts led by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to streamline and standardize the wording accompanying the date labels on packages,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. Much food is unnecessarily wasted at the consumer level. Dairy foods companies can play a leading role in minimizing food waste by educating consumers to better understand when a perishable food, such as milk, yogurt or cheese, should be discarded or can still be consumed, he said.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    February 15, 2017

    Dykes Adds Dairy Focus to NAFTA Trade Dialogue

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, last week discussed dairy’s trade future in the new administration to a sold-out crowd attending the Washington International Trade Association’s “NAFTA 2.0?” event in Washington, D.C. He joined a series of panelists who discussed the global ramifications of President Donald Trump’s plan to revisit the North American Free Trade Agreement and looked at how potential changes could affect critical industries. Regarding NAFTA renegotiation, Dykes said IDFA’s main objectives will be to preserve the industry’s excellent trade relationships with Mexico and ensure fair market access in Canada.
  • February 15, 2017

    European Parliament Ratifies Trade Agreement with Canada

    The parliament of the European Union (EU) today ratified the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada. The agreement, which eliminates 98 percent of tariffs between the two markets and harmonizes some regulatory provisions, will still need to be approved by the Canadian parliament. Most worrying for the U.S. dairy industry is the inclusion of restrictions on the use of generic food names, like asiago, feta, fontina, gorgonzola and muenster in the agreement, exclusively for the EU.
  • February 15, 2017

    USDA Announces Proposed Rule for FMMO in California

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture released this week a proposed rule recommending the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order for California. Written comments may be submitted through May 15, 2017, and USDA will consider the filings before issuing a final rule, likely sometime this summer or fall. After that, USDA will conduct a referendum of dairy producers affected by the final rule. A two-thirds majority of this voting group must signal approval before USDA can announce a date to begin enforcing the new regulations.
  • February 15, 2017

    Ambassador Darci Vetter to Headline Sweetener Colloquium

    Ambassador Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, will be the keynote speaker for the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 26-March 1. Vetter will draw from her many years of experience in agricultural trade negotiations to focus on the opportunities and challenges a new trade agenda may bring to the sweetener industry and U.S. agriculture. “No government official has been more involved and more central to critical negotiations and issues facing U.S. agriculture exports,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior vice president and general counsel.
  • February 15, 2017

    Hough Represents Dairy Processors at London IDF Board Meeting

    Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and general counsel, joined fellow board members of the International Dairy Federation last week for a meeting in London to discuss final preparations for IDF’s World Dairy Summit 2017, strategies for communicating IDF’s dairy sustainability efforts and other topics. Hough is the dairy processing representative on the IDF board, and several other IDFA staff members also represent member companies through leadership positions in IDF.
  • February 15, 2017

    NBA Star Klay Thompson Joins Built with Chocolate Milk Campaign

    Three-point shooting guard Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors has joined the Built with Chocolate Milk marketing campaign to highlight his approach to training, performance and muscle recovery, which includes drinking chocolate milk. Thompson will be the face of the new national TV, print and digital campaign that was launched today by the Milk Processor Education Program. "Thanks to my dad, chocolate milk has been my go-to recovery drink since I was a kid, so joining the Built with Chocolate Milk campaign is a given," Thompson said.
  • February 15, 2017

    Dairy Forum Photos Now Available Online

    Did you enjoy the dynamic programming, outstanding speakers, ample networking opportunities and beautiful surroundings at Dairy Forum 2017? Here’s your chance to relive the experience through IDFA’s online photo galleries. The sessions and social events galleries include hundreds of photos, which are available to download. If you have questions, contact Marti Hogan, director of communications for IDFA, at or Audra Kruse, IDFA communications specialist, at
  • February 08, 2017

    IDFA Joins Others on Letter Urging Senate to Support Regulatory Accountability Act

    IDFA joined more than 600 business organizations from 50 states this week on a letter to Senate leaders, urging them to support the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 that Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) plans to introduce in the Senate this year. The act, recently passed in the House of Representatives, is intended to ensure “transparency, accountability and integrity” in the rulemaking process at federal agencies. “We believe that federal regulations should be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while implementing congressional intent,” the organizations said.
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