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  • November 14, 2017

    FDA Releases New Draft Guidance for Menu Labeling

    The Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance last week on its menu labeling final rule, which requires restaurants and similar retail food establishments to display calorie content and nutrition information on menu items. IDFA members may be asked by foodservice customers to provide information to help calculate the calorie content for menu items and other nutrition information that may be required.
  • Carl Herbein, President and CEO of Herbein + Company, Inc.
    November 14, 2017

    IDFA Workshop to Offer Key Insights for Dairy Financial Pros

    The world of dairy accounting extends far beyond debits and credits, according to Carl Herbein, president and CEO of Herbein + Company, Inc., who has advised dairy companies for more than 40 years and led IDFA’s Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop for the past 25 years. “To be successful, dairy accountants need to learn the vernacular and intricacies of the industry,” said Herbein, who will lead the upcoming workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Whether you are new to dairy or could use a refresher course, this hands-on learning experience will provide demonstrable value towards all you do.”
  • November 14, 2017

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at New Jersey

    The dairy products industry in New Jersey employs more than 28,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.21 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $4.67 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 12th 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.
  • November 08, 2017

    The Hagstrom Report: Sugar Modernization Bill Introduced, But Growers Object

    Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Danny Davis (D-IL) and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) last week introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Sugar Policy Modernization Act, legislation that they said would phase market reforms into the U.S. sugar program. According to an exclusive article from The Hagstrom Report, Foxx said in a news release that the bill would lift restrictions on the domestic production and sale of refined sugar; reduce taxpayer liability to loan forfeitures when sugar processors decide not to pay back their U.S. Department of Agriculture loans; ensure domestic demand for sugar is considered when USDA administers the sugar program; and bring market forces into the U.S. sugar market and phase out supply-management policies.
  • November 08, 2017

    IDFA Voices Dairy Industry’s NAFTA Needs in Capitol Hill Briefings

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, this week joined leaders of food and agriculture associations to brief House Agriculture Committee members and staff of Senate Agriculture Committee members on concerns regarding the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its possible impact on food and agriculture. In both briefings, Dykes said that IDFA members fully support the administration’s efforts to modernize NAFTA, but the threat of withdrawing from the agreement is creating uncertainty across the industry.
  • November 08, 2017

    What Factors Will Shape the Midterm Elections? Find Out at Dairy Forum

    Nationally-renowned political prognosticator Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, recently sat down with Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, to preview Cook’s talk at Dairy Forum 2018. Cook is set to share insights on the factors that will most likely affect the midterm elections. Dykes also asked Cook to share what he thinks dairy leaders need to know before making decisions and planning for the year ahead.
  • (L-R) Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation; Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; Tyne Morgan, host of U.S. Farm Report; Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
    November 08, 2017

    Dairy Leaders Deliver US Policy Insights at MILK Conference

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, joined leaders of other dairy organizations on a panel discussion about dairy policy this week at the MILK Business Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dykes spoke along with Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, sharing insight into how U.S. dairy will be affected by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization efforts, the farm bill and proposed immigration legislation.
  • November 08, 2017

    Proposal to Push Nutrition Facts Deadline Helps Consumers and Companies

    IDFA told the Food and Drug Administration last week in comments that the agency’s decision to allow more time for companies to implement new Nutrition Facts label changes would help companies to provide clear information to consumers who read labels to make informed choices. The additional time also will allow companies to better coordinate their efforts and lessen the financial burden of relabeling, IDFA said. FDA last month proposed extending the compliance date for updates from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020.
  • November 08, 2017

    Crunch Time for Congress; What’s at Stake for Dairy?

    With just weeks to go, Congress is speeding to the 2017 finish line, says Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. In his new column for Cheese Market News, he says members of Congress are accelerating progress on tax reform debates, farm bill drafts and trade negotiations, as well as working to pass a funding bill in time to avoid a government shutdown. He also shared his perspective on the policy issues that matter most to dairy and what he expects could happen before the year’s end.
  • November 08, 2017

    Organic Standards Board Supports IDFA Request on Sodium Phosphates

    National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) members have agreed to advise the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep sodium phosphates on the list of approved ingredients for organic products. Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel, attended the NOSB meeting last week in Jacksonville, Florida, and asked the members to keep sodium phosphates on the National List because they have unique processing properties that other ingredients can’t provide.
  • November 08, 2017

    FDA Issues New FSMA Guidance on Supply Chain Requirements

    The Food and Drug Administration released on Monday new guidance designed to give certain co-manufacturers more time to meet supplier approval and verification requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The guidance states that FDA does not intend to take enforcement action for two years against a co-manufacturer that is not in compliance with certain supply-chain program requirements.
  • November 08, 2017

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Missouri

    The dairy products industry in Missouri employs more than 24,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.04 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $6.78 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 11th 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.
  • November 06, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes Crowe Horwath LLP and TAWI USA, Inc. as Business Partners

    IDFA welcomes two new members this week. Joining as Business Partners are Crowe Horwath LLP, a provider of accounting, consulting and tax services to dairy companies; and TAWI USA, Inc., a company providing lifting services with crane systems, vacuum lifters, hoists and electric lifts. TAWI USA, Inc. will exhibit at ProFood Tech 2019, March 26-28 in Chicago.
  • November 06, 2017

    IDFA Workshop to Feature Milk Pricing Fundamentals

    IDFA’s annual Milk Procurement Workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the milk pricing fundamentals that every procurement professional needs in today’s marketplace. The workshop is designed to provide dairy employees with a solid understanding of how farm milk is priced both inside and outside the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. Registration for the Milk Procurement Workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is now open.
  • November 01, 2017

    FDA to Launch Pilot Program for Dairy Inspections Under FSMA

    The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will initiate a pilot program that will consolidate inspection personnel for compliance evaluations at dairy processing facilities for both non-Grade “A” and Grade “A” milk and milk products. “IDFA strongly supports FDA leveraging its milk specialists to conduct compliance evaluations of milk and milk products, regardless of whether they are Grade “A” or not, to create efficiencies in utilization of inspection personnel,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
 
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