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  • June 27, 2013

    Dairy Manufacturers Commend USDA for Recognizing Importance of Dairy Products as Snacks in Schools

    Contact: Peggy 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – June 27, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to encourage students to consume the daily recommended requirements of milk and dairy as part of its “Smart Snacks in Schools” competitive foods standards. The interim final rule, which USDA released today, will regulate the food and beverages offered in schools through a la carte lunch lines and in vending machines. It will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. “We applaud USDA for highlighting the importance of dairy in children's diets and taking ...
  • June 19, 2013

    IDFA, Food and Drug Administration to Offer Food Defense Awareness Workshop at International Dairy Show

    Contact: Marti 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – June 17, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will convene a Food Defense Awareness Workshop during the International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO this fall. The workshop aims to enhance the food industry’s understanding of food defense, share available tools and resources and demonstrate how companies can create food defense plans for their facilities. The workshop will be held November 6, the final day of the four-day exhibition scheduled for the McCormick Place in Chicago. Much of the workshop will focus on FDA’s new ...
  • June 17, 2013

    Farm Bill Dairy Program Expected to Cost More Than Goodlatte-Scott Proposal, According to Study by Cornell University Professor Joshua Woodard

    UPDATED: June 17, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
  • June 12, 2013

    Call for Nominations: 2014 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – June 12, 2013) Nominations are now being accepted for the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The winner will be honored at the 2014 Dairy Forum, January 26-29 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif. The deadline for nominations is September 16, 2013, and there is no entry fee. The call asks for nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that are improving on-farm efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches. Nominees will be judged on current methods ...
  • June 05, 2013

    Elizabeth Cookson Named IDFA Senior Director, Meetings and Educational Services

    Contact: Marti Pupillo(202) (Washington, D.C. – June 5, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association has named Elizabeth Cookson to the position of senior director of meetings and educational services. In this role, Cookson will oversee all aspects of event planning for the association, including the annual Dairy Forum and a variety of technical conferences, as well as smaller training sessions, webinars and industry publications. With 14 years of event planning experience, Cookson has directed program coordination, logistical operations and marketing for conventions, conferences and other events for both associations and corporations. She joined IDFA after seven years of service ...
  • June 05, 2013

    Flavors of Luscious Lemon, Greek Maple and Fig Hazelnut Take Top Honors in Annual Dairy Products Contest

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Sponsored by TIC Gums (Washington, D.C. – June 5, 2013) Two new cultured dairy products – luscious lemon yogurt and Greek maple yogurt – were named the most innovative dairy products this year at a recent competition judged by dairy professionals. In addition, spiced fig hazelnut was named the top prototype flavor in the Most Innovative Dairy Products Competition, sponsored by TIC Gums. The awards were presented at the International Dairy Foods Association's Milk and Cultured Dairy Conference, which took place May 22-23 in Indianapolis, Ind. Luscious Lemon FrutUp Luscious Lemon FrutUp by Muller Quaker Dairy was ...
  • May 29, 2013

    NMPF and IDFA Criticize Nevada Raw Milk Bill, Urge Governor Sandoval to Veto Legislation Permitting Sales of Unpasteurized Milk

    Contacts: Peggy Armstron, IDFA, 202-220-3508 Christopher Galen, NMPF, 703-243-6111 (Washington, D.C. – May 29, 2013) Two national dairy organizations are urging Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to veto legislation that would allow the sales of raw milk directly to consumers, arguing that the food safety risks of the measure represent too great a gamble with the public’s health. In a letter sent Tuesday to Sandoval, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) said that Assembly Bill No. 209, which is awaiting review by the governor, would greatly increase Nevadans’ risk of serious illness because of the potentially ...
  • May 13, 2013

    Opposition to Dairy Supply Management Mounts

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – May 13, 2013) As the House and Senate Agriculture Committees prepare to write a new Farm Bill this week, the list of organizations opposed to a proposed dairy program continues to grow. Nearly 150 organizations and businesses across the food chain, from farmers and food manufacturers to food retailers and consumers, have signed letters to members of Congress urging them to oppose the “Dairy Market Stabilization Program” (DMSP). This program is designed to raise milk prices by establishing federal regulations to periodically limit the U.S. milk supply when farms are growing. ...
  • May 06, 2013

    Dairy Companies Nationwide Oppose New Farm Bill Restrictions

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Urge Legislators to Adopt Bipartisan Compromise Dairy Policy Alternative (Washington, D.C. – May 6, 2013) More than 30 dairy foods manufacturers – including some of the largest food companies in the United States – have sent letters over the past week to members of the House and Senate, including key agriculture committee members, calling on them to oppose government-imposed limits on milk supply. Instead, they urge legislators to adopt the Dairy Freedom Act, a bipartisan compromise alternative offered by two House Agriculture Committee members, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and David Scott (D-GA). The manufacturing ...
  • May 06, 2013

    The 2013 International Dairy Show to host the 92nd Annual Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Chicago

    For Immediate Release Contact: Marti Pupillo 202-220-3535 (Washington, D.C. –May 6, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is pleased to announce that the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest 2013 will be held November 3-4, in conjunction with the International Dairy Show, which will take place November 3-6, 2013, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. This unique two-day contest will bring the brightest and best dairy food technology students from around the country for a competition testing the quality of their sensory skills and a chance to network with industry personnel across the food, dairy and beverage industry. “We are ...
  • May 02, 2013

    Consumer Watchdog Groups Urge House and Senate Leaders to Oppose Milk Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – May 2, 2013) A trio of national consumer organizations expressed their strong opposition to “dairy programs that propose to assist dairy farmers by imposing limits on milk production” in letters sent this week to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders. The comments refer to the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP), a supply management provision included in the Dairy Security Act, part of the Farm Bill versions proposed by the committees last year. “The Dairy Market Stabilization Program is specifically designed to raise milk prices and would ultimately increase the prices that ...
  • April 30, 2013

    Food Manufacturers and Retailers Voice Support for Dairy Freedom Act

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Letter to Bill Authors Points to Supply Management Opposition (Washington, D.C. – April 30, 2013) Food processor, restaurant and retailer groups voiced their strong support last week for the Dairy Freedom Act in a letter to the bill’s authors, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and David Scott (D-GA). The bill would offer the safety net of margin insurance for dairy farmers without forcing them to participate in a supply management program, a provision included in the dairy section of last year’s Senate and House Agriculture Committee Farm Bills. “We strongly support your bill that will ...
  • April 25, 2013

    IDFA Urges Congress to Support Bipartisan Compromise Dairy Bill

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Farm Groups, Food Industry, Consumers, Taxpayers Embrace Dairy Solution (Washington, D.C. – April 25, 2013) Leading up to the formulation of the 2013 Farm Bill, two House Agriculture Committee members introduced a bill today that forges a bipartisan compromise approach to reforming U.S. dairy policy. The “Dairy Freedom Act” by Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and David Scott (D-GA) provides a safety net for dairy farmers that would establish a new revenue insurance program for times of low milk prices and high feed costs. The bill also would eliminate three existing and out-of-date dairy programs. ...
  • April 16, 2013

    Study Finds Proposed Dairy Programs Comparable with Key Exception: Goodlatte-Scott Will Cost Consumers Less than Dairy Security Act

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Rep. Peterson’s Version of the Bill Will Force Government to Pay More (Washington, D.C. – April 16, 2013) Leading university economists today released a new study, “Goodlatte-Scott vs. the Dairy Security Act: Shared Potential, Shared Concerns and Open Questions,” that clearly shows consumers and taxpayers will bear the brunt of bad dairy policy. The study compares the short-term impacts for dairy farmers of two major dairy safety-net programs currently being considered by Congress: the Dairy Security Act (DSA) as proposed by Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) and an alternative proposal sponsored by Representatives Bob Goodlatte ...
  • April 12, 2013

    IDFA Welcomes Inclusion of Japan into Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) (Washington, D.C. – April 12, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association commends the Obama administration, especially the U.S. Trade Representative, for welcoming Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks. Last month, IDFA joined more than 70 agricultural and business organizations to ask President Barack Obama to include Japan in the negotiations. “U.S. dairy processors are pleased that the administration responded quickly to last month’s call for action,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. “The addition of Japan greatly expands the scope of the TPP, and that market is a significant opportunity ...
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