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  • 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 ...
  • February 01, 2012

    Call for Entries: 2012 Dairy Industry Safety Awards

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) (Washington, D.C. – February 1, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association is now accepting applications for the eighth annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. Award winners will be notified this fall and featured in the "Dairy Field Reports" section of Dairy Foods magazine, which co-sponsors the safety awards program. IDFA began the program in 2004, and the rate of industry participation continues to grow each year. "We know that dairy companies and their employees are proud of their accomplishments and eager to participate in this ...
  • January 25, 2012

    IDFA Commends USDA for Highlighting Importance of Dairy in Reimbursable School Meal Rule

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong 202-220-3508 But IDFA Expresses Concern about Eliminating the Most Popular Beverage with Children (Washington, D.C. – January 25, 2012) IDFA commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture for highlighting the nutritional role that dairy products play in the final regulations governing the reimbursable school meal program that were released today. At the same time, the association expressed concern that restrictions on flavored milk could reduce overall milk consumption in schools in favor of less healthy alternatives. The USDA rule for reimbursable meals will put in place the provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which Congress passed in ...
  • January 19, 2012

    Sweetwater Valley Farm of Philadelphia, Tenn., Named 2012 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 220-3535 (La Quinta, Calif. – January 19, 2012) Sweetwater Valley Farm of Philadelphia, Tenn., was named the 2012 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a ceremony this week at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum in La Quinta, Calif. Owners John and Celia Harrison received the award, which recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. The award is co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The Harrisons were nominated for the award by Jennifer Walker, director of dairy stewardship, Dean Foods ...
  • January 19, 2012

    Lou Gentine, Chairman & CEO of Sargento Foods Inc., Receives 2012 NCI Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 220-3535 (La Quinta, Calif. – January 19, 2012) The National Cheese Institute has bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Lou Gentine, chairman and CEO of Sargento Foods Inc., Plymouth, Wis. The award was presented this week to Gentine during a special ceremony at the International Dairy Foods Association's 2012 Dairy Forum by NCI Vice Chairman Mike Reidy, who is senior vice president, supply chain and corporate affairs, for Leprino Foods Company. The NCI Laureate Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. A panel ...
  • January 19, 2012

    Gary Vanic, Dave Fuhrmann Receive Soaring Eagle Awards

    Contact: Marti 220-3535 (La Quinta, Calif. – January 19, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association has presented 2012 Soaring Eagle Awards to two outgoing officers: Gary Vanic, president and CEO of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., and Dave Fuhrmann, president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA. The awards were presented this week at a special ceremony during IDFA’s 2012 Dairy Forum at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif. The Soaring Eagle award recognizes the extraordinary service of leaders in the dairy industry and those who have provided exemplary leadership to IDFA, the International Ice Cream Association, ...
  • November 03, 2011

    Executives of Major Exporting Companies Object to Dairy Supply Control

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Outline Damaging Impact on Exports, Industry Growth and Job Creation in Letter to Supercommittee (Washington, D.C. – November 3, 2011) Top executives of six of the country’s biggest dairy exporters strongly object to the Dairy Security Act of 2011. In a letter sent today to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, they outlined the negative effects the act would have on domestic and global dairy markets and said it has no place in deficit-reduction talks. It is expected that the dairy program will be part of the recommendations submitted by House and ...
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