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  • (L-R) Michael Dykes, IDFA, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Dairy Export Council, José Calzada, Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producers Federation.
    March 22, 2017

    IDFA Reassures Mexican Dairy Partners During Trade Visit

    The leaders of three U.S. dairy organizations returned from a three-day trip to Mexico last week, reassured that the relationship with the industry’s top trading partner remains strong amid the Mexican leaders’ uncertainty about U.S. policy on North American trade. “Our conversations were very productive,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “The leaders were candid about their current concerns with the U.S. and appreciated our commitment to our partnership.” Dykes was joined by Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.
  • March 22, 2017

    IDFA Pushes for Swift USTR Confirmation

    IDFA joined food and agriculture groups last week in supporting the swift confirmation of Robert Lighthizer for the post of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). In a letter sent to the office of the USTR and the Senate committees on finance and agriculture, the groups stressed the importance of completing the administration’s trade team in time for upcoming trade decisions, including the potential renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). IDFA is committed to working with both the Trump administration and USTR on dairy trade policy.
  • March 22, 2017

    Tomorrow: Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Ag Nominee Perdue

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold a confirmation hearing to consider the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture. It will be held Thursday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. In January, IDFA expressed support for Perdue’s nomination in a statement released on the day of his nomination and last month joined more than 600 other food and agriculture organizations across the country urging the chair and ranking member of the committee to support his expeditious confirmation.
  • March 22, 2017

    Visit IDFA Members Exhibiting at ProFood Tech

    In addition to their year-round support of IDFA and the dairy industry, many IDFA Gold Business Partners and Business Partners are set to exhibit the inaugural ProFood Tech trade show April 4-6 in Chicago. Their exhibits will showcase many innovations bringing success to companies across the food and beverage industry. Dairy company professionals who have not registered to attend the event can register with the promotion code, GREATPARTNERS, for a complimentary, all-access pass to the show-floor and conference program.
  • March 20, 2017

    Engage with Federal Decision-Makers at Regulatory RoundUP

    As the Trump Administration continues to put its team in place, federal regulators are setting new priorities, evaluating existing regulations and changing staff responsibilities. To put the voice of dairy companies straight into the shifting action, IDFA will host the Regulatory RoundUP, June 12-13 in Washington, D.C. “The new administration has already indicated an interest in reevaluating the current regulatory climate and making major changes. I can’t think of a more critical time for dairy companies to speak up to the officials who regulate their businesses,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel. Registration is now open.
  • Thomas Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services
    March 15, 2017

    IDFA, Others Request Extension for Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

    IDFA and 16 other food and beverage organizations today asked the secretary of Health and Human Services to give companies until May 2021 to comply with the new Nutrition Facts label regulations. In the letter to Secretary Thomas Price, the organizations said the additional time would allow companies to coordinate labeling updates, provide consumers with clear information to help them make healthy choices and avoid wasteful spending on duplicate relabeling schemes that would be required during the next four years. The current deadline for compliance with the Nutrition Facts label rule is July 26, 2018.
  • March 15, 2017

    President Trump Nominates Scott Gottlieb, M.D., to Head FDA

    President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he is nominating Scott Gottlieb, M.D., to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Gottlieb, a practicing physician and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, served as deputy commissioner at FDA from 2005 to 2007. Stephen Ostroff, M.D., now serves as acting commissioner, but he is expected to return to the position of deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine when the new commissioner is confirmed.
  • March 15, 2017

    IDFA Compiles Comments for Commerce on Burdensome Regulations

    Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced last week that the administration is seeking input from American manufacturers to learn about the unnecessary burdens they face from federal regulatory and permitting requirements. Specifically, the secretary wants to identify the top four burdensome regulations affecting manufacturing and ways that regulatory compliance could be simplified, among other things. Based on the comments received, the secretary intends to recommend regulatory reforms. IDFA will work with members to develop and submit comments before the comment period ends March 31.
  • March 15, 2017

    IDFA Supports Efforts to Restore Ag Trade with Cuba

    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) late last month unveiled the Cuba Trade Act of 2017, a bill that would repeal or heavily amend current laws restricting trade with Cuba. The act would enable U.S. dairy farmers and dairy food companies to sell products in Cuba and would remove U.S. financing restrictions that currently require Cuban importers to pay cash in advance or finance the transactions through third-country banks. “IDFA supports the lowering of trade barriers between the United States and Cuba and eagerly awaits the opportunity for U.S. companies to fulfill Cuban consumers’ demand for healthy and affordable dairy products,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs.
  • March 15, 2017

    CME Set to Shift Butter to Electronic Auction on April 10

    The CME Group announced last week that its transition to an electronic, transaction-based auction that began with nonfat dry milk in January will continue with moving Spot Call butter to the CME Direct Auction Platform on April 10. The CME Group made the decision last year to change from an open outcry market to an electronic auction in response to industry demand, saying it “will further enhance the transparency of prices and user experience, while expanding access to a broader set of commercial dairy customers, brokers and other physical market participants.” "The change is a welcome one for IDFA and its members,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy.
  • Dominik Herwald, global account manager at Innova Market Insights, will present the ProFood Tech conference session.
    March 15, 2017

    Innova to Divulge Exclusive Insight at ProFood Tech Conference

    Innova Market Insights is set to disclose its closely held research on consumer trends, market analysis, packaging and new product development in the food and beverage sector to attendees at the ProFood Tech conference on April 4 in Chicago. In the session, “Top Ten Food and Ingredient Trends for 2017,” Dominik Herwald of Innova (pictured) will introduce what the company considers the biggest food and beverage drivers in the year ahead. Product protein content and playful packages promise to be part of the discussion. This session is one of the many sessions that will share new research with attendees at ProFood Tech, April 4-6. Have you registered yet?
  • March 15, 2017

    3-A SSI Seeks Nominations for Volunteer Service Awards

    3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Volunteer Service Awards program to recognize the extraordinary dedication and commitment of three individuals or groups that have helped to further the food safety mission of the organization. IDFA is a founding member of 3-A SSI, which develops standards for food processing equipment and administers the inspection programs required for equipment to receive 3-A Symbol Authorization. The organization’s goal is to promote food safety through hygienic equipment design.
  • March 08, 2017

    IDFA Invites Members, Nonmembers to Help Shape Association's Future

    As part of his plan for his first 100 days as IDFA president and CEO, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., made a commitment to conduct a broad member survey to make sure IDFA is providing excellent value to all its members. Today, Dykes sent an email to more than 14,000 dairy food processors, marketers and suppliers asking them to complete that survey. “We value your perspective on how IDFA can best support its diverse membership and the broader industry and community of people we serve,” said Dykes.
  • Bob Yonkers, Ph.D., IDFA vice president and chief economist, has announced his retirement from IDFA after nearly 20 years of service.
    March 08, 2017

    IDFA Sadly Says Goodbye to Bob Yonkers

    Bob Yonkers, Ph.D., IDFA vice president and chief economist, has announced he will retire from IDFA on March 15, after nearly 20 years with the association and many more following the dairy industry. “While we’re very sad to see Bob retire, we’re pleased that he’ll be available to work with IDFA and our members pursuant to an exclusive part-time consulting arrangement,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. “If you have dairy market questions for Bob or would like his help on a specific project, please contact me directly.”
  • March 08, 2017

    Alliance Seeks Extensions for FSMA Supplier Verification Compliance Dates

    IDFA, along with other members of the Food and Beverage Industry Alliance, last month called on the Food and Drug Administration to extend the compliance dates for provisions of two Food Safety Modernization Act rules set to go into effect this spring. The Alliance recommended harmonizing the first compliance dates for the rules on Preventive Controls for Human Foods and Foreign Supplier Verification and extending them until May 28, 2018. IDFA also wrote separately to Stephen Ostroff, M.D., acting FDA commissioner, noting that the lack of FDA guidance is the biggest concern for member companies.
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