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  • (L to R) Mark Ahlem, Frank Dinis and Chuck Ahlem
    January 26, 2015

    Hilmar Jerseys of Hilmar, Calif., Named 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Hilmar Jerseys, a 6,000-cow dairy operation located in Hilmar, Calif., was named the 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during an awards ceremony at Dairy Forum in Boca Raton, Fla. The award, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine, recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing.
  • January 26, 2015

    IDFA President Shares 2020 Vision at Dairy Forum 2015

    In her keynote speech at Dairy Forum 2015, Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, outlined her vision of the dairy landscape through 2020. Noting that consumers are the driving force, Tipton called for broader industry collaboration on policy and regulatory changes that would encourage industry innovation to meet escalating consumer demands and growing global markets. She addressed a crowd of 1,050 dairy producers, processors, suppliers and other industry participants.
  • January 21, 2015

    Housing and Registration Now Open for Industry Mega-Event

    IDFA, the Food Processing Suppliers Association and NürnbergMesse announced today that registration and housing are now open for the co-located International Dairy Show, PROCESS EXPO and InterBev Process trade shows scheduled for September 15-18, 2015, in Chicago's McCormick Place. “We are pleased to report the Dairy Show exhibit sales are tracking 30 percent ahead of 2013,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA.
  • January 14, 2015

    A Dairy Forum First: IDFA and Dairy Foods Magazine Aim to Broaden Audience with Live Broadcasts

    For the first time in the 30-year history of Dairy Forum, IDFA will collaborate with Dairy Foods magazine to offer live online broadcasts of several key sessions. “Although these webinars can’t capture the full in-person experience, we’re pleased to partner with Dairy Foods magazine to bring several of our key sessions and speakers to a broader dairy audience,” she said.
  • 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.
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