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  • September 13, 2017

    USDA Announces TRQ Reallocations for U.S. Dairy Importers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture published this week a list of licenses that were unused by U.S. dairy importers under the 2017 tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system. Each license authorizes the holder to import a certain quantity and type of dairy product from a foreign country under the TRQ. USDA is reallocating unused licenses for the remainder of 2017, and Friday is the last day for dairy importers to apply for them in the first round. No second round has been announced. Oct. 2 is the last day for dairy importers to surrender their unused licenses for 2017.
  • September 13, 2017

    FDA Invites Input on Regulatory Reform; IDFA Solicits Member Feedback

    The Food and Drug Administration announced last week it will begin seeking input to repeal, replace or modify its existing regulations as directed by President Donald Trump’s executive order enacted in February. FDA’s request pertains specifically to products that fall under the scope of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, which includes food safety regulations, standards and labeling for all dairy products. IDFA considers several FDA regulations unnecessary or unnecessarily burdensome to dairy, and is soliciting member feedback on ideas for regulatory reform to include in its comments to FDA.
  • September 13, 2017

    Going to PACK EXPO in Las Vegas? Stop by IDFA Booth #C-1358

    If you’re going to PACK EXPO Las Vegas later this month, IDFA invites you to stop by Booth #C-1358 and learn firsthand what the association is doing for you. Complimentary registration is available through IDFA for all dairy company employees who want to attend the event, Sept. 25-27, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. IDFA will join its trade show partner, PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and more than 2,000 suppliers of packaging equipment, materials, containers, automation technology and other supply chain products to welcome the more than 30,000 attendees who are expected to attend.
  • September 13, 2017

    Are You a Victim of Milk Crate Theft?

    For years, the theft of milk crates has been a pervasive and costly problem for the dairy industry. In 2009, dairy companies surveyed said they lost an estimated $80 million on milk crates annually. To update this information, IDFA is surveying members that use milk crates about current losses and loss-prevention methods. The results will help IDFA demonstrate the impact of milk crate theft on the dairy industry to law enforcement and produce a best-practices guide to help the industry prevent future losses.
  • September 13, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Highlights New York Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in New York employs more than 63,000 skilled individuals, generates $2.91 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $13.95 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank third 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.
  • September 13, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes Amcor Rigid Plastics as Business Partner

    Amcor Rigid Plastics, a large manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging, joined IDFA last week as a Business Partner. The company produces packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal care, home care and healthcare industries with 62 facilities in 12 countries. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amcor Rigid Plastics is a subsidiary of Amcor Limited.
  • September 06, 2017

    Economic Impact of Dairy Products Mentioned in Influential News Outlets

    As food and agriculture policy makers returned to Washington this week, many had the opportunity to read about the powerful effect that the dairy product industry has on local, state and national economies. A Washington Post story on Tuesday quoted Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, and cited the number of jobs created by dairy companies, linking to the interactive economic impact tool on IDFA’s website. In addition, POLITICO’s Morning Agriculture Newsletter featured IDFA-sponsored text and banner ads telling readers that U.S. dairy foods companies employ more than 975,000 skilled individuals, generate more than $39 billion in direct wages and have an overall economic impact of more than $200 billion.
  • September 06, 2017

    Two New Staff Members Join IDFA’s Legislative Team

    IDFA welcomed two new staff members to its legislative team in August and September. Colin Newman joined IDFA as legislative affairs and political programs manager, and Katie Solomon joined as the legislative affairs coordinator. Newman will be responsible for managing the association’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and grassroots advocacy activities. He will also assist IDFA in organizing member visits to congressional offices in Washington, as well as congressional visits to member companies’ plants. Solomon will be responsible for coordinating IDFA’s legislative resources and committee databases online. She will also assist the legislative team with fly-ins, administrative requirements and special projects.
  • September 06, 2017

    Trade Pact with South Korea Is Crucial for U.S. Dairy, IDFA Says

    Several news outlets reported last weekend that President Trump was considering a possible withdrawal from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). Because South Korea represents the fourth-largest market for U.S. dairy exports, IDFA urged members to contact their governors and ask them to let the administration know they were opposed to withdrawing from KORUS. The collective voices of opposition from the agriculture and business community, combined with the geopolitical situation with North Korea, were among the top reasons provided for averting this decision for now.
  • September 06, 2017

    Dykes Shares Dairy’s Message for NAFTA Modernization at Mexico Trade Talks

    The second round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) concluded Monday in Mexico City after officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico conducted discussions on several topics related to updating the 23-year-old trade pact. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, traveled to Mexico to engage with U.S. negotiators, urging them to “do no harm” with respect to the U.S. dairy industry’s trade partnership with Mexico and to address the negative impact of Canada’s new pricing policies and restricted markets.
  • September 06, 2017

    WIC Dairy Rules Relaxed for Texans Affected by Harvey

    Families participating in USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in hurricane-stricken Texas will have an easier time finding WIC-approved foods thanks to food-package flexibilities approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department announced Monday that program participants over the age of one year will be allowed to substitute milk of any available fat content and type. The program normally limits women and children ages two years and older to low-fat or fat-free milk options.
  • September 06, 2017

    FDA Releases FSMA Draft Guidance on Heat-Treating Foods

    The Food and Drug Administration last week released draft guidance to help food manufacturers establish and implement proper heat treatment, such as baking or cooking, to prevent the presence of pathogens in food products. The document is the sixth chapter of draft guidance released by FDA to help companies comply with the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rule has been in effect for large companies since September 2016, and it will go into effect for businesses with fewer than 500 full-time employees on Sept. 18, 2017.
  • September 06, 2017

    White House Aims to Fill Key USDA Posts for Dairy

    The Trump Administration last week announced nominations for three positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and two of these positions will oversee programs that affect the dairy industry. Gregory Ibach was nominated as undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and Bill Northey was nominated as undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. The third nominee, Stephen Vaden, was tapped to serve as USDA’s general counsel.
  • September 06, 2017

    The Economic Impact of Dairy: Wisconsin Generates $2.14 Billion in Wages

    The dairy products industry in Wisconsin employs nearly 42,000 skilled individuals, generates $2.14 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $23.68 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank second 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. Read more to see what it says about your state.
  • August 31, 2017

    IDFA to USDA: Align Disclosure Rule with Consumer Expectations, Support Bioengineering

    It is important that the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard provides consumers with clear and non-disparaging information about their food products, IDFA told the U.S. Department of Agriculture in comments last week. IDFA encouraged writers of the standard at USDA to ensure that the rule adheres to consumer expectations for transparency; does not disparage the use of bioengineering or stifle food industry innovation; and is consistent with other standards applied to U.S. food manufacturers.
 
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