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  • Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture
    December 12, 2017

    IDFA Hosts Fundraiser for Rep. Conaway, Chair of House Ag Committee

    The IDFA board member fly-in last week in Washington, D.C., provided IDFA the perfect opportunity to host a successful fundraiser for Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and a key decision-maker in the upcoming farm bill. The board members and several IDFA staff members enjoyed dinner with the chairman while discussing priority issues for dairy, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the farm bill and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • December 12, 2017

    IDFA, Others Urge USDA to Base Food Policy Decisions on Science

    A coalition of 14 trade associations, including IDFA, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to discuss sodium targets in schools and stress the importance of basing U.S. food policies on scientific evidence and consensus. The coalition sent the letter in response to the interim final rule regarding Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium Requirements in Child Nutrition Programs that the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued last month. The letter emphasized the important role of the dietary reference intakes, or DRIs, for sodium and potassium, which are currently being review by a committee of experts.
  • December 12, 2017

    Dairy Forum: What Shapes American Food and Beverage Consumption Behavior?

    David Portalatin, vice president of industry analysis - food sector for The NPD Group, recently completed the research company’s “32nd Eating Patterns in America” report, and he is now traveling the country to share the insights he gained. Next stop: Dairy Forum, where he’ll present a concurrent session on the four new realities that are shaping food and beverage consumption behavior in the United States. Portalatin’s perspective on these new realities will help executives sharpen their vision and find growth opportunities in a challenging consumer landscape.
  • John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
    December 12, 2017

    Codex Committee Makes Progress on Follow-Up Formula Standard

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, joined more than 350 delegates representing 66 different countries and 39 observer organizations last week in Berlin, Germany, for the 39th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses. The committee worked on developing several food and nutrition standards of importance to the dairy industry, including the Codex Standard for Follow-up Formula. Standards, guidelines and other
  • December 12, 2017

    IDFA Launches New Online Buyers’ Guide for Members

    IDFA launched its new IDFA Online Buyers’ Guide this month as an enhanced member service for dairy foods companies and business suppliers to the industry. Produced and hosted in conjunction with MultiView, IDFA’s digital publishing partner, the Buyers’ Guide offers features and functions that make it easy to find all the products and services dairy companies need, such as processing and packaging equipment, materials, ingredients, lab equipment, sanitation and maintenance supplies, distribution and transportation equipment, and a variety of services that offer innovative and cost-effective business solutions.
  • December 12, 2017

    Front-of-Pack Labeling Moving Forward in Canada

    Canada is moving forward on a new labeling mandate that would require front-of-package labeling, in addition to changes to nutrition facts labeling, for all foods and beverages sold by 2021. Health Canada recently issued a request for consultants to help develop the symbols, which will highlight the amount of sugar, sodium and saturated fat in each product in an effort to warn consumers that products high in these nutrients are a public health concern. The request said the development process will run through 2019.
  • December 12, 2017

    FDA Memo Highlights Adopted Changes to 2017 PMO

    The 36th National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) held last May reviewed 98 proposals for changes to the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and related NCIMS documents. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued Memorandum IMS-a-51 with the final adopted changes, which were approved during the NCIMS Executive Board meeting in October.
  • December 12, 2017

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

    The dairy products industry in Iowa employs more than 15,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $600 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.88 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 15th 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.
  • Dave Carlin, IDFA SVP, welcomes Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and G.T. Thompson (R-PA) to the reception.
    December 07, 2017

    Lawmakers, Industry Leaders Celebrate Dairy on Capitol Hill

    As soon as the Capitol Hill tree lighting ceremony concluded yesterday, IDFA opened its inaugural Celebration of Dairy reception to encourage members of Congress and their staffs to kick-off the holiday season with dairy treats. Nearly 300 attendees, including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rep. G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and FDA Deputy Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, came to enjoy eggnog, a variety of cheeses and a sampling of holiday ice cream flavors. The reception was at 101 Constitution Avenue Northwest on the 9th floor terrace overlooking the U.S. Capitol building and the Capitol Hill Christmas ...
  • December 07, 2017

    Thanks to Members for Making Celebration of Dairy Reception a Success

    IDFA thanks the member companies that provided generous donations of eggnog, cheese and ice cream to the inaugural Celebration of Dairy reception on Dec.6. Nearly 300 people, including members of Congress, their staffs and other friends of dairy, stopped by the event at 101 Constitution Avenue, next to the Capitol building.
  • 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.
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