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  • June 16, 2014

    IDFA Names J. David Carlin Senior VP of Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy

    IDFA has named J. David Carlin to the position of senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. In this role, Carlin will be responsible for managing all of the association's legislative, political and economic policy activities. He replaces Jerry Slominski, who left IDFA earlier this year. Carlin, who was a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP until joining IDFA, has extensive experience in food and agriculture policy.
  • June 11, 2014

    Andrei Mikhalevsky, President and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., Calls for Expanding Trade for U.S. Agriculture and Eliminating Export Barriers

    Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., testified on June 11 before members of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. In his testimony, Mikhalevsky outlined the significant contributions the dairy industry makes to the U.S. economy, highlighted the potential for continued global growth and called for eliminating current trade barriers that impede the industry’s efforts to meet the burgeoning demand for U.S. dairy products around the world.
  • June 04, 2014

    Call for Nominations: 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    This call for nominations begins the 17th annual competition for the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Dairy Forum, January 25-28, 2015, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and the person nominating the winner receives complimentary registration to Dairy Forum.
  • David Ahlem, COO of Hilmar Cheese Company, is an advisor to the NextGEN Dairy Network.
    May 29, 2014

    IDFA Launches Career-Building Initiative for Dairy Industry Professionals

    IDFA has launched the NextGEN Dairy Network to help up-and-coming dairy industry professionals build their careers. Through online forums, networking and targeted training sessions, the NextGEN Dairy Network will provide professionals who have less than 15 years of dairy experience with access to the information, tools and expertise necessary to be successful in the industry.
  • Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director, accepts award at Fastest 50 presentation last week in Chicago.
    May 29, 2014

    International Dairy Show Earns High Honors for Exceptional Growth

    The 2013 International Dairy Show recently earned a coveted spot on Trade Show Executive’s 2014 Fastest 50, a list of the fastest-growing U.S. trade shows, for growth in number of attendees. In addition, the Dairy Show and its co-location partner, PROCESS EXPO, ranked second on EXPO Magazine’s list of Top 25 Fast-Growth Shows.
  • May 28, 2014

    Statement on TPP Negotiations

    IDFA and four other organizations – the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Pork Producers Council, the USA Rice Federation and the U.S. Wheat Associates – issued a statement urging U.S. negotiators to push Japan to provide meaningful agricultural market access in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. “Failing that, the alternative is suspending negotiations with Japan for now and concluding a truly comprehensive agreement with those TPP partners that are willing to meet the originally contemplated level of ambition,” the statement said.
  • Katie Mason of HP Hood, LLC, and Angela Spihlman of SensoryEffects Flavor Systems pose with their awards.
    May 21, 2014

    Cucumber Dill Cottage Cheese, Caramel Apple Flavored Milk Named ‘Most Innovative’ in 2014 Dairy Products Contest

    Two new milk and cultured dairy products – Cucumber Dill Cottage Cheese and Caramel Apple Flavored Milk – earned the awards for most innovative dairy products this week at IDFA’s Milk and Cultured Dairy Conference in Indianapolis. The annual Most Innovative Dairy Products Competition is sponsored by TIC Gums, a leader in advanced texture and stabilization solutions for food and beverage companies.
  • May 15, 2014

    177 House Members Urge the Obama Administration to Remove EU Trade Barriers Hampering U.S. Dairy Industry

    A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives today urged the Obama administration to use the transatlantic trade talks with the European Union (EU) to address a variety of export barriers hampering the U.S. dairy industry. Among the barriers are the EU’s recent efforts to prevent U.S. companies from using common food names like parmesan and feta in export markets, including the EU, and even in the U.S. domestic market.
  • April 16, 2014

    Publix, SensoryEffects and Wells Enterprises Take Top Honors at IDFA's Annual Ice Cream Flavor Contest

    Banana pudding, lemon poppy pound cake and Greek yogurt with strawberries and granola were judged to be the most innovative ice cream flavors at the International Dairy Foods Association's Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Contest. The competition showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert makers.
  • April 09, 2014

    IDFA Commends Reps. Pompeo and Butterfield for Bill to Establish Federal Standard for Voluntary GMO Labeling

    The International Dairy Foods Association applauds the introduction today of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, which would establish a federal standard for voluntary labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
  • March 27, 2014

    IDFA and NMPF Urge Congress to Reject New Legislation Allowing Interstate Sales of Unpasteurized Milk

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation expressed their opposition to legislation introduced in Congress that would allow the interstate sales of raw milk. The associations urged lawmakers to reject the “Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014,” which would repeal a long-standing ban on the sales of unpasteurized milk across state lines.
  • February 26, 2014

    Sweetener Users Welcome USDA Under Secretary’s Remarks on Sugar Policy, TPP; Continue to Call for Policy Reform

    The prospects for U.S. sugar policy and opportunities offered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership were just a few of the topics covered this week at the 2014 International Sweetener Colloquium at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif.
  • February 26, 2014

    New Campaign Celebrates Everyday Moments of Accomplishment and Enjoyment; Encourages Americans to “Milk Life”

    America's milk companies today launched a new multi-million dollar, cross-platform campaign designed to reinforce how milk’s many nutritional benefits – including high-quality protein – can help power the potential of every day. The new “Milk Life” campaign spotlights everyday moments of accomplishment, achievement and enjoyment.
  • February 19, 2014

    Call for Entries: 2014 Dairy Industry Safety Awards

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 IDFA Continues to Build Awareness of Leading Indicators (Washington, D.C. – February 19, 2014) The International Dairy Foods Association is now accepting applications for the 10th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. Building on changes made to the application process last year, IDFA will continue to request information on leading indicators about worker safety to monitor the actions or activities that companies have in place to prevent negative events or incidents, such as lost workday injuries or illnesses. Most safety and health experts believe that monitoring ...
  • February 06, 2014

    IDFA and NMPF Urge South Dakota Lawmakers to Reject State Legislation Easing Regulations of Sales of Unpasteurized Milk

    Contacts:Peggy Armstrong, IDFA, (202) 220-3508Christopher Galen, NMPF, (703) 243-6111 (Washington, D.C. – February 6, 2014) Due to the significant public health risks associated with the consumption of raw milk, the two organizations representing the nation’s dairy farmers and dairy companies jointly urged state lawmakers in South Dakota to reject efforts easing regulations surrounding raw milk sales directly to consumers. In a letter sent Wednesday to South Dakota state senators, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation said that the risks inherent in raw dairy products are not worth any purported benefits to either consumers or producers ...
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