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  • April 24, 2017

    Look Who's Joined IDFA

    IDFA welcomes two new members this month. Aquafine Corporation, manufacturer of ultraviolet light disinfection systems, joined as a Gold Business Partner. Kelman Consulting, Inc., a solutions provider focusing on product formulation and start up, productivity, material control and package review, joined as a Business Partner.
  • April 19, 2017

    Trump Pledges Immediate Action to Halt Canada’s Unfair Dairy Policies

    President Donald Trump pledged yesterday to “stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin” and get a solution for the unfair Canadian pricing policy that is effectively blocking U.S. exports of ultra-filtered milk. “We’re going to work on it immediately, in fact starting today,” Trump said during a speech in Kenosha, Wis. Holding Canada to its dairy trade commitments has remained a strong focus for IDFA and the U.S. dairy industry, as well as state agriculture officials. Most recently, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, met yesterday with officials from the White House, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discuss the urgent need for the United States to act against Canada’s protectionist policies.
  • April 19, 2017

    New Survey Finds Strong Support for IDFA Member Services

    A new, independent survey commissioned by IDFA has found that more than 75 percent of those surveyed gave the association an overall approval rating of very satisfied or somewhat satisfied – the two highest ratings on the scale. “It’s essential that what we do aligns with the needs and interests of our members and the industry at large,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, who commissioned the survey. “We’re pleased that we’re meeting their expectations in many areas and that we identified several areas where we can offer improvements and enhancements.”
  • April 19, 2017

    EPA: Tell Us Your Regulatory Burdens

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week it will begin seeking input to repeal, replace or modify its existing regulations as directed under an executive order enacted in February. The order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” requires an appointed regulatory reform officer and task force to help “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people.” EPA is the first of the agencies to solicit comments as a part of this process.
  • April 19, 2017

    U.S. Recognizes Australia’s Food Safety System as Comparable

    The United States and Australia took steps to harmonize their agriculture and food markets today when the two countries officially recognized each other’s food safety systems as comparable. Grade “A” milk and milk products, which are covered in the United States under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance are not included in the scope of the agreement. Most cheese and ice cream products, however, will benefit from increased continuity of food safety guidelines and regulations between the two countries.
  • April 19, 2017

    U.S. Exports Continue Gains, IDFA Market Update Shows

    With reduced production in Europe and Oceania and high U.S. production pushing prices downward, U.S. exports became more competitive across the board toward the end of last year and in the first quarter of 2017, according to the International Market Update recently prepared by William Loux, IDFA coordinator of regulatory and international affairs, for the IDFA Trade Committee. These factors, combined with resurging Chinese and Southeast Asian demand, especially in liquid milk and whey milk protein, should continue to boost U.S. exports, which were up 14 percent in February over last year, Loux said.
  • April 19, 2017

    Lead Author of Biotech Standard to Speak at Regulatory RoundUP

    Whether using symbols, digital codes or text, dairy foods companies will soon have to disclose information about genetically engineered ingredients in their products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now creating the rules food processors must follow in these different forms of disclosure and will send the leading author of the standard to address attendees of IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Doug McKalip, director of the Bioengineered Disclosure Division of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, will provide a preview of the changes that dairy foods companies may need to make on their products’ labels under the new standard.
  • April 12, 2017

    Congress Calls on Federal Agencies to Stop Adoption of WHO Guidance

    More than a dozen members of Congress last week called upon federal officials to dissuade America’s trade partners from implementing World Health Organization (WHO) guidance to restrict the marketing of milk and other dairy products for consumption by infants and young children. The guidance ignores a wealth of national and international scientific evidence, said the legislators in a letter to Tom Price, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. IDFA has helped lead industry efforts to build awareness of the guidance’s shortcomings and requested changes before the guidance was adopted.
  • April 12, 2017

    Increasing Milk Consumption in School Will Help to Reduce Food Waste

    School milk declines in recent years have been attributed to USDA regulations that limit milk varieties to lower-fat and fat-free flavored options. Many students reject these milk varieties because they don’t taste good, and these changes have led to food waste. It is a significant problem in many schools, and some districts are taking action. “IDFA also is taking action to support policies that will increase school milk demand and reduce food waste in schools,” said Ruth Saunders, IDFA vice president of policy and legislative affairs.
  • April 12, 2017

    Dykes: IDFA’s Main Priority in NAFTA Talks Is Maintaining Status Quo with Mexico

    The U.S. dairy industry’s top priority in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is maintaining its market access with Mexico, while also seeking increased access to the Canadian market, said Michael Dykes, D.V.M. president and CEO of IDFA, in an in-depth interview yesterday with Inside U.S. Trade. Dykes said the dairy industry is primarily concerned with making sure it can continue to export tariff-free to Mexico. Inside U.S. Trade is subscription-only source for news on U.S. trade policy, but readers can register for a 30-day free trial to read the full story.
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
    April 12, 2017

    Wisconsin, New York Join Calls for Canada to Honor Trade Commitments

    Top agriculture officials in Wisconsin and New York last week called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help dairy farmers in their states who have lost a market for their milk as a result of Canada’s recent actions to block ultra-filtered milk from U.S. producers. The state officials join IDFA and others in the U.S. dairy industry in calling on the Trump administration to fight back against protectionist Canadian trade policies that are slamming the door to American dairy exports in violation of existing trade commitments between the two nations. Just today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) sent a letter to administration officials regarding their concerns about recent actions by Canada.
  • April 12, 2017

    White House Clarifies Executive Order on Reducing Regulations

    In February, President Donald Trump issued an executive order requiring federal agencies and executive departments to identify at least two existing regulations for repeal whenever a new regulation is proposed or finalized. Last week, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under the Office of Management and Budget released updated guidance for federal agencies to use when implementing the executive order. The guidance clarifies the types of “significant” regulations that will be affected and explains how agencies should set priorities for deciding which requirements to repeal or revise.
  • Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (left), and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, posed for this Twitter photo at a recent event to stop hunger and provide meals to developing countries.
    April 12, 2017

    IDFA Reaches 5,000 Followers on Twitter, Including USDA

    IDFA recently reached a social media milestone, counting more than 5,000 followers on Twitter, including social media accounts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, several members of Congress, national news reporters, association leaders and international agriculture organizations. Followers use the platform to stay informed on dairy processing news, interact with IDFA and monitor association activity. In addition to USDA, other influential followers include Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), the House Agriculture Committee, the International Dairy Federation and reporters from the Wall Street Journal, Politico and CQ Roll Call.
  • April 06, 2017

    Processing Innovations Abound at Inaugural ProFood Tech

    Nearly 6,500 attendees with buying power came to Chicago this week to make the first-ever ProFood Tech a huge success. Held April 4-6 in Chicago, ProFood Tech featured 447 of the world’s top processing suppliers, more than 140,000 net square feet of exhibit floor space and 45 hours of blockbuster educational programming. “ProFood Tech demonstrated the countless growth opportunities that exist for companies willing to employ new technology and techniques to boost production, efficiency and profits. Attendees now have new supplier contacts, inventive ideas and powerful business solutions they can use to meet their needs and goals,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
    April 06, 2017

    IDFA Asks Commerce Dept. to Ease Regulatory Burdens

    Under the new presidential administration, the White House has spent significant energy looking for ways to help businesses and alleviate regulatory burdens that stifle job creation. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recently was directed by the White House to consult with manufacturers on how the administration can reduce the regulatory burden. In response, IDFA last Friday submitted comments asking the administration to address a variety of regulations that are unduly burdensome to the dairy industry, including voluntary sodium reduction targets, labeling requirement compliance dates and specific changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Plan.
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