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  • June 08, 2012

    NMPF and IDFA Oppose Senate Farm Bill Amendment Legalizing National Sales of Raw Milk

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, IDFA, 202-220-3508 Christopher Galen, NMPF, 703-243-6111 (Washington, D.C. – June 8, 2012) The two organizations representing America’s dairy farmers and dairy foods companies jointly announced their opposition today to a proposal in the Senate that would allow the interstate sales of raw milk. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill, No. 2180, that would allow the direct sale of raw milk and raw milk products across state lines, “greatly enhancing the chances that people will become sick because of increased consumption of unpasteurized milk,” the two groups said in a letter sent to ...
  • June 05, 2012

    Taxpayer Groups Urge Congress to Oppose Dairy Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, (202) 220-3508, Say Farm Policy Should Be 'on a Path Paved by Free Market Principles' (Washington, D.C. – June 05, 2012) Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union have sent a joint letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to “oppose any form of supply management in the 2012 Farm Bill.” The taxpayer groups had previously teamed up on this issue during the failed supercommittee effort last fall. “On behalf of the millions of taxpayers represented by our organizations, we urge you to oppose ...
  • May 07, 2012

    International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO to Co-Locate in 2013

    Contact: Andy Drennan, FPSA, 703-663-1201, adrennan@fpsa.orgRobin Cornelison, IDFA, 202-220-3542, (McLean, Va. – May 7, 2012) The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that they have signed an agreement to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show in Chicago, beginning in 2013. The two shows will take place November 3-6, 2013, bringing together over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 industry professionals in the North and South Halls of McCormick Place. Attendees will have unlimited access to both show floors and educational programs. "We are very excited to co-locate PROCESS EXPO with IDFA's ...
  • May 02, 2012

    Two Cultured Innovations Take Top Honors in Annual Dairy Products Contest

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Sponsored by TIC Gums (Washington, D.C. – May 2, 2012) Two new cultured dairy products – an apple parfait and a fruit-and-fiber yogurt – were named the most innovative dairy products this year at a recent competition judged by dairy professionals. The Most Innovative Dairy Products Competition, sponsored by TIC Gums, recognized the latest creative dairy products. The awards were presented at the International Dairy Foods Association's Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Symposium, which took place April 24-26, in Kansas City, Mo. Apple Pie Parfait Apple Pie Parfait by The YoCrunch Company was named the most ...
  • April 26, 2012

    In Testimony to House Agriculture Committee, Dairy Leader Opposes Milk Supply Limits in Farm Bill

    Contact:Peggy Armstrong, (202) 220-3508, Marti Pupillo, (202) 220-3535, Says Talk of Supply Management Already Hurting Dairy Industry Growth (Washington, D.C. – April 26, 2012) Appearing on behalf of the International Dairy Foods Association, Jon Davis, president and CEO of Davisco Foods International, testified today before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry about dairy provisions in the draft 2012 Farm Bill. Davis explained why his company and others are opposed to including a new program designed to control milk prices in the Farm Bill. Davis, who appeared at a press briefing with other dairy industry leaders ...
  • April 24, 2012

    Dairy Leaders Petition Senate to Cut Milk Supply Limits from Farm Bill; Say Peterson Proposal Stifles Economic Growth, Raises Consumer Prices

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, (202) 220-3508, Marti Pupillo, (202) 220-3535, Call for Steps to Grow Jobs, Protect Exports and Strengthen Farm Safety Net While Avoiding Unnecessary Regulations (Washington, D.C. – April 24, 2012) Dairy industry leaders today called for the Senate Agriculture Committee to remove a new dairy program that is designed to control milk prices from the draft 2012 Farm Bill and instead focus on providing proven safety-net programs, such as revenue insurance, typically used for other commodities. Miriam Erickson Brown, president and CEO of Anderson Erickson Dairy; Jon Davis, president and CEO of Davisco Foods International, Inc.; and David ...
  • March 23, 2012

    Illinois Dairy Foods Companies Oppose Government-Imposed Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 202-3508 Urge Legislators to Adopt Compromise Producer Safety Net (Washington, D.C. – March 23, 2012) Six major Illinois dairy foods companies have expressed their opposition to proposed legislation in a letter to Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Timothy Johnson (R-IL) and Bobby Schilling (R-IL) who are members of the House Agriculture Committee. The letter was sent this morning to coincide with the committee's Farm Bill field hearing in Galesburg, Ill. Dairy manufacturers would be directly regulated by the Dairy Security Act, H.R. 3062, as proposed by the National Milk Producers Federation, the trade association representing the dairy ...
  • March 23, 2012

    Dairy Foods Companies Team Up to Oppose Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 202-3508 Urge Legislators to Adopt Compromise Producer Safety Net (Washington, D.C. – March 23, 2012) Twenty-five dairy manufacturers – including some of the largest food companies in the United States – sent letters this past week to House and Senate Agriculture Committee members, calling on them to oppose supply management proposals and adopt a compromise producer safety net in the new Farm Bill. Six major Illinois dairy foods companies today became the latest to express their views on dairy policy legislation by submitting letters of record to the Farm Bill field hearing in Galesburg, Ill. The ...
  • March 15, 2012

    IDFA CEO Supports Safety Net for Farmers NOT Tied to Supply Management

    Asks Senate Agriculture Committee in Statement to find “Middle Ground” (Washington, D.C. – March 15, 2012) Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association has submitted a statement for the record to the Senate Agriculture Committee, which is holding a hearing today, urging the committee to reject supply management proposals. “Better risk management tools, including margin or other insurance products, for dairy farmers is the correct path forward for our industry,” Tipton wrote, “not direct government intrusion into dairy markets and increased regulatory burdens on food manufacturing businesses.” Tipton went on to say that "instead of more ...
  • March 14, 2012

    Citrus Fruits, Cocktail Flavors Deemed Most Innovative at IDFA's Annual Ice Cream Flavor Contest

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - March 14, 2012) From the simple tart flavor of citrus fruits to ingredients more often found on the drinks menu and in decadent desserts, the new and innovative products competing last week in the International Dairy Foods Association's Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Contest showcased the creativity of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert makers. The competition is part of IDFA’s annual Ice Cream Technology Conference. "This year we sampled several products that captured the fresh taste of lemon, lime, pineapple and grapefruit while others were inspired by popular cocktail ingredients, such as gin ...
  • March 12, 2012

    S.D. Dairy Manufacturers Look to Senator Thune to Stop Proposed Milk Production Limits

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 202-3508 Ask for Leadership on Farm Bill to Keep Dairy Growing in S.D. (Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2012) A group of South Dakota dairy manufacturers have voiced to Senator John Thune (R-SD) their opposition to a proposed milk supply management program expected to be included in the draft Farm Bill. Pointing to the growing dairy industry in South Dakota, the presidents and CEOs of four large dairy companies – Saputo Cheese USA, Inc.; Lake Norden Food Ingredient Company (Davisco Foods International, Inc.); Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.; and Bel Brands USA, Inc. – call ...
  • March 12, 2012

    New York Dairy Foods Companies Oppose Government Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 202-3508 (Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2012) The House Agriculture Committee did not ask any dairy manufacturers to testify at the field hearing held last Friday in upstate New York on the Farm Bill. The dairy panel included three New York dairy producers who spoke in support of legislation that manufacturers oppose because it will stifle New York’s rapidly growing dairy food industry and unnecessarily burden the free market with export-killing regulations. Dairy manufacturers would be directly regulated by the Dairy Security Act, H.R. 3062, as proposed by the National Milk Producers Federation, the trade association ...
  • February 29, 2012

    IDFA: Policy Reform Proposals Will Not Stop U.S. Dairy Farm Consolidation Trend

    Contact: Peggy (202) 220-3508 Proposed Supply Management Program Will Hurt Small Dairy Farms the Most (Washington, D.C. – February 25, 2012) The largest 1,750 dairy farms now supply more than 50 percent of the U.S. milk supply, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One third of the farms, about 19,400 that have fewer than 30 cows, produce only 1 percent of the milk supply. The report, “Farms, Land in Farms and Livestock Operations 2011,” shows that while dairy farms with fewer than 100 cows have declined in numbers, larger farms with more than 1,000 ...
  • February 22, 2012

    IDFA Applauds Call by USDA Acting Under Secretary Scuse to Increase Transparency in Sugar Policy Administration

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – February 22, 2012) The implementation of U.S. sugar policy under the current Farm Bill and prospects for the upcoming Farm Bill were just a few of the topics covered at this year's International Sweetener Colloquium, February 12-15, at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Fla. This year’s event drew more than 440 industry professionals, making it one of the largest events in recent years. Hosted by the International Dairy Foods Association and the Sweetener Users Association, the event addressed the sweetener industry's latest challenges, obstacles and opportunities with presentations from a wide range of ...
  • February 16, 2012

    IDFA CEO Tells Small Business Committee Roundtable: Farm Bill Dairy Policy Headed in the Wrong Direction

    Contact: Marti Pupillo(202) (Washington, D.C., – February 16, 2012) Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, spoke today on behalf of more than 140 dairy manufacturing members at a roundtable sponsored by the Republican members of the House Committee on Small Business. “The Interests of America’s Small Businesses in the Next Farm Bill” roundtable also included other agriculture-related groups representing wheat, corn, and soybean growers; pork producers; and dairy farmers. Tipton told the committee members that they would be surprised to learn that the dairy industry is heavily regulated by rules that were designed to ...
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