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  • 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.
  • November 20, 2017

    NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives Updated

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) amended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiation objectives last Friday, following extensive discussion with Capitol Hill lawmakers and business leaders. The amended objectives include a call for the elimination of Canadian embargoes on U.S. dairy products.
  • November 20, 2017

    Urge President to Strengthen NAFTA, Food and Ag Groups Tell State Governments

    IDFA, along with 168 other food and agriculture groups, this week stressed to every state’s governors, agriculture commissioners and leaders of economic development that a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would be detrimental to U.S. agriculture. “Over $1 billion a year in U.S. dairy products are shipped to Mexico,” the groups said. They added that if the United States, Mexico and Canada return to pre-NAFTA tariff rates, they could “range from 20 to 60 percent on cheese and up to 45 percent for skim milk powder."
  • November 16, 2017

    What’s Feeding the US Economy? Food and Ag Production, Study Shows

    More than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors, according to a nationwide economic impact study commissioned by IDFA and 21 other trade associations. The study, released today, also shows that 28 percent of all American jobs are linked to food and agriculture. This data includes the $628.27 billion overall economic impact of dairy products produced and sold in the United States. The associations launched a new website, www.FeedingTheEconomy.com, that features the economic impact of the overall food and ag industry and links to interactive tools used by each of the associations.
  • John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
    November 14, 2017

    IDFA Leads Committee Meeting at World Dairy Summit

    IDFA staff members joined nearly 1,100 global dairy stakeholders from more than 50 countries in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last month to discuss dairy’s role in food security, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and the global economy at the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit. IDFA participated in IDF committee meetings held in conjunction with the summit, where members discussed several relevant topics to the U.S. dairy industry. John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, was elected to chair the IDF Standing Committee on Standards of Identity and Labeling. Allan led the committee meeting where members discussed recent outcomes from the Codex Committee on Food Labeling, which included new work on voluntary front-of-package nutrition labeling.
  • Repesentative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO (pictured right)
    November 14, 2017

    Congressman Glenn Thompson Visits IDFA

    IDFA welcomed Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) to its office in Washington, D.C., last week, honoring his years of work as an advocate for dairy as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and his recent efforts to pass legislation that would allow more milk options in schools. IDFA’s legislative team and representatives from Dean Foods Company; Land O'Lakes, Inc.; and Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative participated in the luncheon meeting.
 
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