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  • January 08, 2015

    NMPF, USDEC and IDFA Support Coalition Efforts to Facilitate U.S. Dairy Exports to Cuba

    The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined other food and agricultural organizations in support of additional changes in U.S. policy to facilitate U.S. dairy exports to Cuba and permit open travel for all Americans to that nation. The dairy organizations are members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, which is championing an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
  • January 08, 2015

    Mega-Event Announced for Processors, Packagers, Printers and Converters

    Chicago’s McCormick Place will host an unprecedented expo combination with GRAPH EXPO 15 running September 13 through 16, 2015 in the South Hall with the co-located CPP EXPO show, PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show running September 15 through 18 in the North and East Halls.
  • December 19, 2014

    U.S. Dairy Industry Praises Outcome of Talks with China on Cheese Name Issue

    The U.S. dairy industry applauded a commitment to stronger protections for common food names resulting from just-concluded trade talks with China. The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.
  • December 04, 2014

    U.S. Negotiators Must Prioritize TPP Market Access Gains for U.S. Dairy Industry, Not for Other Countries, Dairy Groups Urge

    The U.S. dairy industry advised top U.S. government agricultural trade negotiators that their efforts on any final Pacific Rim free trade agreement must put access to foreign markets for U.S. dairy farmers and processors first, and avoid pressure from other countries to regionalize all new market access opportunities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
  • November 19, 2014

    IDFA Names Emily R. Lyons Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel

    Emily R. Lyons joined IDFA as director of regulatory affairs and counsel. A recent graduate of Vermont Law School, Lyons will be responsible for working with members and government agencies on all environmental, worker safety and sustainability issues, as well as food safety and food defense. She also will serve as legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.
  • October 28, 2014

    U.S. Dairy Manufacturers Call for Replacement of Japan’s Import System

    In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) called for the replacement of Japan’s current import administration program in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), calling it a potential Achilles heel in the negotiations. IDFA urged the officials to seek to replace the current ALIC system with a tariff rate quota system as part of the bilateral negotiations with Japan.
  • Rich Draper, CEO, The Ice Cream Club, Inc., was elected secretary of the International Ice Cream Association.
    October 08, 2014

    Associations Welcome New Board Members; IICA Elects New Secretary

    During the fall board meetings, IDFA and its three constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) – named 15 new board members. Also, Rich Draper, CEO of The Ice Cream Club, Inc., was elected secretary of IICA. "IDFA is extremely grateful for the industry professionals who serve as officers and directors. They provide our organization with a strong foundation and contribute a wealth of wisdom and energy,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO.
  • October 08, 2014

    Got Ideas for ‘Moving Dairy Forward’? 2015 International Dairy Show Is the Perfect Venue

    IDFA announced today a call for topics and speakers for the 2015 International Dairy Show, September 15-18, 2015, in Chicago. Suggested topics include innovative product development and packaging, food safety and traceability, distribution and transportation, nutrition, consumer trends, marketing, retail, business management and sustainability.
  • September 30, 2014

    U.S. Dairy Industry Decries Market Barriers Raised in EU-Canada Trade Deal

    The text of the European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) released at the end of last week contains provisions on geographical indications (GIs) and reallocates a portion of the World Trade Organization tariff rate quota for cheese to the EU. The U.S. dairy industry expressed concern today that these provisions would raise artificial trade barriers restricting market access for American cheeses to the Canadian market.
  • September 25, 2014

    IDFA Announces Enhanced On-Floor Activities, New Website for 2015 International Dairy Show

    Check out IDFA’s expanded website for the 2015 International Dairy Show to view the enhanced on-floor activities and videos demonstrating the energy and excitement at the 2013 show. The Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO will team up with InterBev Process at McCormick Place in Chicago, September 15-18, 2015.
  • September 17, 2014

    IDFA Commends Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Worker Safety

    IDFA announced the names of 72 dairy company operations that will receive Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates from the association this year. This is the 11th year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The operations were judged on specific data required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • August 13, 2014

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2015 Laureate Award

    The National Cheese Institute (NCI) is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award. Candidates should be business or academic leaders who have made significant, prolonged contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. Nominations must be submitted by September 19, and there is no fee to enter.
  • Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, and Kathryn Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, at IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP in June.
    July 30, 2014

    IDFA and Cornell University Team Up to Launch Leadership Development Program

    IDFA is joining with Cornell University to offer leadership development opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the dairy foods business. The first joint program will be the NextGEN Symposium, October 6-8, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "Teaming up with an organization such as IDFA will help to bridge the gap in workforce development for the next generation of leaders in our industry,” said Kathryn J. Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.
  • Darci Vetter
    July 09, 2014

    IDFA Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as New Ag Chief at USTR

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Darci Vetter to replace Islam Siddiqui as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Vetter previously served as the deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Her background and expertise make her a perfect fit for this new role, and we’re excited to work with her on issues important to the U.S. dairy industry,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president.
  • (L to R) Ashley Burch and Heather Soubra were promoted to director level at IDFA.
    July 09, 2014

    IDFA Names Two New Directors

    IDFA is pleased to announce the promotions of Ashley Burch to director of political programs and of Heather Soubra to director of executive office and special projects. Burch is responsible for IDFA’s political involvement programs, including the Ice Cream, Milk & Cheese PAC, and Soubra oversees the day-to-day operations of the executive office, manages programming efforts and speaking engagements for Dairy Forum, and handles special projects.
 
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