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  • January 10, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Agpro, Inc. As Business Partner

    IDFA welcomes Agpro, Inc. as its newest Business Partner. The company is located in Paris, Texas, and specializes in waste management for the dairy industry.
  • January 10, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Colorado employs nearly 15,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $695 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.27 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 18th 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.
  • January 03, 2018

    IDFA Helps Members Deliver Pro-Trade Message in The Wall Street Journal

    As part of IDFA’s efforts to advocate for free-trade agreements that would increase market access for U.S. dairy products, IDFA continues to work with leaders of member companies to place pro-trade opinion pieces in influential news outlets. Most recently, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion column by IDFA board members Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO of California Dairies Inc., and Stan Ryan, president and CEO of Darigold Inc., who called on U.S. negotiators to act swiftly to finalize updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • January 03, 2018

    New Year Promises Rapid Tempo on Trade

    Trade issues will continue to be a central focus for the Trump administration, as well as IDFA and its members, in the new year. In January alone, three significant actions have the potential to affect IDFA members that export dairy products and import product supplies from companies outside the United States. Negotiations for updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement are scheduled for this month, and the International Trade Commission is expected to announce next week its preliminary injury determination on imports of aluminum sheet from China.
  • January 03, 2018

    Making History with New Farm Bill Proposal

    “IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation have worked side by side for several months to provide a united request to the House and Senate agriculture committees for improved dairy policies in the 2018 farm bill,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his recent Cheese Market News column. “In fact,” he added, “members of Congress have called our collaborative efforts historic, refreshing and, best of all, exceedingly helpful to their farm bill efforts. That’s a wonderful way to start the new year!” Dykes said the joint proposal is already in the hands of committee members.
  • January 03, 2018

    Congress Poised to Move on Farm Bill

    Congress returned to Washington this week with an ambitious legislative agenda for 2018. Near the top of the to-do list will be passing a new farm bill before the current one expires at the end of September. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, told IDFA board members in December that he plans to unveil his farm bill proposal in mid-January or February. A committee mark-up and consideration of the bill on the House floor will likely follow in relatively short order. The Senate Agriculture Committee plans to introduce its own farm bill sometime this winter.
  • January 03, 2018

    Futurist Jack Uldrich to Prep Dairy Execs for 2018 at Dairy Forum

    “It can seem like major changes appear out of nowhere, but disruptive trends and technologies usually give us warning – if we’re paying attention,” said Jack Uldrich, global futurist and author, in a recent blog post. Uldrich, who helps business leaders prepare for unpredictable futures, last month highlighted 10 game-changing technologies on his radar for 2018. He promises to provide more insights on the future to dairy leaders attending Dairy Forum 2018, Jan. 21-24 in Palm Desert, California.
  • January 03, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Virginia employs nearly 25,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $877 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.17 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 17th 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.
  • Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky (center left) meets with Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO (center right) and IDFA board members during a December fly-in.
    December 20, 2017

    Steve Censky, Deputy Ag Secretary, Joins Powerful Dairy Forum Program

    Just a few months into his new role at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky is set to deliver remarks at Dairy Forum 2018, January 21-24 in Palm Desert, California. As the second in command at USDA, Censky will play a critical role in implementing changes to the school lunch program, expanding agricultural trade opportunities and reauthorizing the next farm bill. His address on the factors shaping U.S. food and agriculture policy will provide valuable insights for IDFA and dairy leaders to consider when preparing for the future of dairy.
  • December 20, 2017

    How Will Shake-ups in Congress Affect Dairy and Sweetener Sectors?

    Charlie Cook, the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, said recent shake-ups in Congress and the soon-to-be-passed tax reform bill are “political portents” that are sure to raise the stakes for midterm elections in 2018. The outcome of these elections will help to decide the fate of legislation that is important to dairy food companies and sweetener users. That’s why IDFA has invited Cook to share his political analysis at its two premier events early next year: Dairy Forum 2018, Jan. 21-24 in Palm Desert, California, and the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14 in Orlando.
  • December 20, 2017

    Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard on Track for July Release

    The White House listed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard as an active regulatory action on its new six-month agenda, signifying that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is on track to release the final rule on time next July. The administration introduced two other active rules to the regulatory agenda: the Food and Drug Administration’s updates to the Nutrition Facts label and a proposed rule to remove requirements for written assurances on preventive controls from some customers as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • December 20, 2017

    USDA Seeks Comments on Dairy’s Role in Federal Feeding Programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week asked for feedback on its food crediting system, which the department uses to define how certain foods, like dairy, fit into meals in federal feeding programs for children and some adults. With plans to address today’s evolving food and nutrition environment, USDA asked specifically if different amounts of high-protein yogurt and regular yogurt should count toward a serving of a meat alternate. IDFA is consulting members and will submit comments by the Feb. 12 deadline.
  • December 20, 2017

    OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Injury, Illness Reports to Dec. 31

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) this week offered another brief extension to employers who are required to report injury and illness data electronically through the Injury Tracking Application. The two-week delay, from Dec. 15 to Dec. 31, is designed to allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with the new electronic reporting system launched by OSHA in August.
  • December 20, 2017

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

    The dairy products industry in North Carolina employs more than 28,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $821 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $2.85 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 16th 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.
  • (L to R) Rob Carpenter, Cary Frye, Tracy Boyle, Tyesha Beckham, Neil Moran and Jessica Matsko
    December 18, 2017

    6 IDFA Stars Celebrate Special Anniversaries

    During IDFA’s holiday luncheon last week, we unveiled a new rendition of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (better known as “The Night Before Christmas”) to recognize the hard work and dedication of six employees who celebrated special work anniversaries this year. They are Tracy Boyle, 30 years; Rob Carpenter, 20 years; Cary Frye, 20 years; Tyesha Beckham, 15 years; Neil Moran, 10 years; and Jessica Matsko, 10 years. Have fun unraveling the clues in the poem and join us in honoring their years of service and success.
 
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