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  • 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.
  • 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.
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