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  • September 20, 2017

    IDFA Supports Senate Call for Accountability in UN and Other International Groups

    A Senate Appropriations Committee report released last week stressed the need for U.S. leadership in international organizations and called for greater accountability from groups including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Michael Dykes, D.V.M, IDFA president and CEO, supported the call. “In the United States, our industry is held accountable for complying with rigorous regulations required to be transparently developed, scientifically based and cost-effective,” he said. “We believe that international policymaking bodies should be held to the same high level of accountability if members of these organizations want to see real benefits.”
  • September 20, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    “IDFA members continue to express the need for a legal, robust and reliable workforce. We operate in a business of perishable products and with a milk supply that doesn’t come with an off button,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs. In his new Hill of Beans column, Eberhard explains work in Congress is underway to address the unique needs of the agricultural industry with the Agricultural Guestworker Act. The bill seeks to develop a program that would be more workable for non-seasonal employers like the dairy industry and would increase the availability of visas for agricultural labor. “There may not be such a thing as a perfect immigration bill, but on the narrow issue of agricultural worker visas, IDFA is hopeful that we could see progress,” he said.
  • September 20, 2017

    IDFA to Host Winter Workshops on Accounting and Finance, Milk Procurement

    Winter is coming, and so are two of IDFA’s classic courses. The Milk Procurement Workshop and the Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop will be held this year Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The workshops are longtime industry favorites; each course has been attended by dairy professionals for more than 20 years. Led by industry and subject matter experts, the two courses will offer a straightforward look at several dairy fundamentals, allowing new employees to develop the skills they need and seasoned professionals to further hone their skills.
  • September 20, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Highlights Texas Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in Texas employs nearly 70,000 skilled individuals, generates $2.74 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $10.84 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank fourth 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 15, 2017

    Goettlieb Indicates Nutrition Facts Compliance Date Likely to be January 2020

    The food and beverage industry received an informal indication yesterday from the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration that the agency likely will extend the compliance date for updates to the Nutrition Facts label to January 2020. For companies wondering when the changes will go into effect, IDFA believes the January 2020 date is a good target to use. “We anticipate that FDA will announce the new compliance dates by the end of the year along with guidance documents on topics that help clarify the rules for determining dietary fiber, added sugar and others label changes,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • September 14, 2017

    IDFA Invites You to ‘Shape the Future’ at Dairy Forum 2018

    The future’s looking bright for Dairy Forum 2018. More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene January 21-24 in Palm Desert, California, to shape the future of dairy with help from top government officials, successful dairy company leaders, renowned market experts and famous forecasters. Highlights of the event include a key member of Congress who will discuss dairy’s place in the farm bill’s path to passage, a top official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture who will explore the four principles that are shaping the department’s decisions on U.S. food and agricultural policy, and five dairy company CEOs who will discuss steps they’re taking today to develop the people, processes and products that will help their companies meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace.
  • 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

    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

    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

    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.
 
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