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  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO, IDFA
    December 06, 2017

    Dykes Named One of Top 40 Association CEOs in 2017

    DCA Live, a local media company covering the D.C. business community, this week honored Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, as one of Washington’s top association leaders. The company named Dykes a “2017 Trending 40 Association CEO” for his work advancing IDFA’s mission this year. More than 225 association leaders and professionals attended an event last night that honored Dykes and the other CEOs.
  • Dykes announced his Four-Point Focus action plan last January at Dairy Forum.
    December 06, 2017

    It’s Been a Year of Review and Rebuilding, Says Dykes

    “I’ve just completed my first year at the helm of IDFA, and it’s truly a joy to reflect on all that’s happened during that brief time,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his December column for Dairy Foods. “When I started, I launched a Four-Point Focus action plan centered on people, member value, relationships and operational excellence, and the past 12 months have been a period of review and rebuilding for IDFA.” Dykes highlighted several successes, such as attracting new members, forging stronger relationships with other dairy organizations and collaborating more effectively, as well as making solid progress on dairy policy, trade and regulations.
  • December 05, 2017

    Dairy Leaders Hit Capitol Hill to Talk Trade, Farm Bill

    Members of IDFA’s board of directors arrived in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and senior members of the Trump administration at the White House complex and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the next two days, the dairy leaders will discuss IDFA’s farm bill priorities and the importance of a proactive U.S. trade agenda. "When company executives take time to come to town, both congressional and administration leaders want to hear what they have to say,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • Ted McKinney, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, USDA
    December 05, 2017

    USDA’s Top Trade Official to Headline International Sweetener Colloquium

    Ted McKinney, the first undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14 in Orlando. He will provide an inside look at the administration’s views on the current trade agenda and how USDA is addressing issues facing sweetener users and producers. McKinney is the administration’s top official charged with advancing U.S. agricultural export interests and a key decision-maker when it comes to USDA’s actions under the U.S. sugar program.
  • November 29, 2017

    IDFA Members Call for Aggressive Pursuit of Trade Agreements

    As part of IDFA’s efforts to advocate for current and future free-trade agreements that would increase market access for U.S. dairy products, IDFA is working with the CEOs of several member companies to place pro-trade opinion pieces in national and regional news outlets. Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., and Stan Ryan, president and CEO of Darigold, Inc., recently wrote “Trade agreements critical to Northwest's dairy industry,” which appeared this month in the Yakima Herald-Republic in Washington state. They outlined the importance of international trade to the growth of the dairy foods business in the Pacific Northwest and its impact on the overall health of the U.S. economy.
  • November 29, 2017

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

    The dairy products industry in Washington state employs more than 18,000 skilled individuals, generates $830.83 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.92 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 13th 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 29, 2017

    US to Continue Active Role In WIPO, Fight for IP Rights

    American companies rely on the leadership of the United States in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to protect and enforce U.S. intellectual property (IP) rights abroad, but the U.S. government risked losing its seat at the table until last week. In response to a letter spearheaded by IDFA and signed by 19 other trade associations, the U.S. State Department last week released 85 percent of its dues to WIPO, ensuring that the U.S. government can continue its role in the organization that protects and enforces American IP rights abroad. For dairy, U.S. representation in WIPO is critical to help prevent other countries from using geographical indications to restrict the use of common cheese names.
  • November 29, 2017

    China Lowers Tariffs on US Cheese

    The Chinese government last week announced it will reduce import tariffs on 187 consumer products, including six U.S. dairy products, starting Dec. 1. They are categorized as varieties of grated and powdered cheeses, non-grated or powdered processed cheese, blue-veined cheese, other cheese, hydrolyzed protein formula and prepackaged infant foods. According to a report in Bloomberg, China’s Ministry of Finance released a statement on the reductions Friday, citing the need to help consumers access quality and specialty products that aren’t widely produced locally. China is one of the fastest growing dairy export markets and the third largest market for U.S. dairy products, valued at more than $386 million.
  • November 29, 2017

    Trump Administration Takes Action Against Aluminum Imports from China

    The Trump administration on Tuesday initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of aluminum sheet from China. IDFA anticipates additional action on aluminum from the White House and continues to monitor the situation to assess the impact that these steps may have on the dairy industry. According to the Aluminum Association, the current investigations exclude the types of aluminum used to make cans, lids or tabs for the food and beverage industry.
  • November 29, 2017

    Dykes Discusses Farm Bill, Trade Issues with Michigan Dairy Farmers

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, delivered opening remarks at the Michigan Milk Producers Association’s annual Leaders’ Conference last week, covering IDFA’s collaborative efforts to achieve positive gains for dairy in the new farm bill and U.S. trade policy. The conference in East Lansing, Michigan, brought together nearly 200 dairy farmer members of the cooperative, which joined IDFA in July as a member of the Milk Industry Foundation and the National Cheese Institute.
  • November 29, 2017

    Dairy Forum: CEO Panel to Discuss Positioning for Prosperity

    How do you prepare for an unpredictable future? The final panel at Dairy Forum 2018 will feature five successful dairy leaders who will discuss the steps they’re taking today to develop the people, processes and products that will help their companies meet the demands of tomorrow. They are Tim Brown, president and COO of Chobani; Mike Haddad, president and CEO of Schreiber Foods, Inc.; Sheryl Meshke, co-president and CEO of Associated Milk Producers, Inc.; and Mike Wells, president and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, will moderate the panel. Dairy Forum will be held Jan. 21-24 in Palm Desert, California, and the deadline for the early-bird registration rate is Friday, Dec. 1.
  • November 29, 2017

    OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Injury, Illness Reports

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week extended the deadline for requiring employers to report injury and illness data electronically through the Injury Tracking Application. The new deadline is Dec. 15. OSHA said the two-week delay will allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with the new electronic reporting system it launched this summer. The new deadline for complying with the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” applies to companies with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation.
  • November 29, 2017

    Got a Hot Topic for IDFA’s ‘Coolest’ Meeting? Submit Ideas for Ice Cream Tech

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference is the only meeting that focuses specifically on ice cream and frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and marketing opportunities. The conference is a unique opportunity for participants and renowned experts to share the best and brightest ideas in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. IDFA is now gauging interest in new presentations and panel discussions for the upcoming conference, April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • November 29, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes Grassland Dairy Products and Shibuya Hoppmann Corporation

    IDFA welcomes two new members this week. Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., a fourth-generation processor of butter and milk powder, joined the Milk Industry Foundation. Shibuya Hoppmann Corporation, a packaging machinery manufacturer, joined IDFA as a Business Partner. The company provides packaging and bottling systems, parts and related services.
  • Tony Eberhard, IDFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs
    November 22, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    Welcome to “Hill of Beans,” a periodic update by Tony Eberhard about the association’s work in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to advance dairy industry priorities. After working on the Hill for various members of Congress and senators since 2001, Eberhard gives IDFA readers a former Hill staffer’s take on what is going on and how it affects our priorities. “After watching this week’s Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks, I can’t help but think that the Falcons are in a similar place as Congressional Republicans as they try to pass their tax reform legislation,” he said.
 
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