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Dairy Facts 2016

Statements & Speeches

  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    July 24, 2017

    ​ IDFA Applauds Nomination of Ted McKinney as USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

    Last week the White House announced the nomination of Ted McKinney as undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Sam Clovis as USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO welcomed the announcement. “I have known and worked extensively with Ted for the better part of 20 years and am sure that he will define this important position for our agriculture industry,” Dykes said. He also welcomed Clovis’ nomination as an important step in completing a strong team of leaders at the agency.
  • July 17, 2017

    Key Dairy Priorities Included in Administration’s Renegotiation Objectives for NAFTA

    IDFA and members were encouraged to see several key priorities for the U.S. dairy industry reflected in the administration’s objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. “We strongly support the call for renegotiation, and we look forward to working with the U.S. Trade Representative and others in the administration to preserve the critically important dairy export market in Mexico,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We are pleased to see efforts to address unjustified measures that unfairly limit access to markets for U.S. goods, such as price undercutting, included in the administration’s negotiating objectives.”
  • July 14, 2017

    IDFA Applauds Nomination of Stephen Censky as Deputy Agriculture Secretary

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, today applauded the nomination of Stephen Censky as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “With this appointment, Secretary Perdue is assembling a strong leadership team, he said. “We look forward to working with Steve on several important issues including implementation of flexibility in the school lunch program, expanding agricultural trade and the reauthorization of the farm bill.”
  • June 19, 2017

    IDFA Applauds Nomination of Gregg Doud as USTR’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator

    IDFA applauded the White House decision last week to nominate Gregg Doud as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s chief agriculture negotiator. “I have worked with Gregg on the Ag Roundtable, when he served as a senior staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and as a staffer with the Senate Agriculture Committee under chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), and know that he will work both with us and for us,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Ambassador Lighthizer has pledged that agriculture ‘will be front and center’ in any trade deal the U.S. negotiates, including the North American Free Trade Agreement. I can’t think of a better person than Gregg Doud to be on those front lines.”
  • May 11, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes the Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

    Robert Lighthizer was confirmed today by a vote of 82-14 in the Senate to become the new U.S. Trade Representative. “We are committed to working with the Ambassador and other Trump Administration officials to develop and implement an effective U.S. trade policy that increases exports and allows greater market access for U.S. dairy products,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in a statement congratulating Lighthizer. Dykes welcomed the experience and expertise that the Ambassador will bring to important dairy trade discussions with Mexican and Canadian governments.
  • Scott Gottlieb (Photo courtesy of the American Enterprise Institute)
    May 10, 2017

    IDFA Applauds Confirmation of Scott Gottlieb, M.D., as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner

    Scott Gottlieb, M.D., was confirmed Tuesday by a vote of 57 to 42 in the Senate to become the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. “We welcome Dr. Gottlieb’s understanding of the value of engaging all stakeholders to achieve our shared goal of a safe, nutritious and abundant food supply,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “There are a number of issues under FDA purview that impact our members directly, and we believe that under Dr. Gottlieb’s leadership these issues will be efficiently and effectively addressed.”
  • Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
    April 25, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes the Confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

    “IDFA and our dairy foods company members look forward to working closely with Governor Sonny Perdue in his new role as Secretary of Agriculture,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in a statement released after the Senate this week confirmed the former Georgia Governor as leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Having Secretary Perdue advocating for dairy in the Cabinet meetings with President Trump will be very important to our industry,” he said. “As a fellow veterinarian, I’m confident that Secretary Perdue will bring the necessary knowledge and insight to keep American agriculture, food production and nutrition programs strong and vibrant.”
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    March 22, 2017

    Statement of Michael D. Dykes, D.V.M. President and CEO International Dairy Foods Association Before the Committee on Agriculture United States House of Representatives - The Next Farm Bill: Dairy Policy

    Michael Dykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified today before the House Agriculture Committee about dairy policy and its impact on potential provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Dykes said that IDFA’s top priority is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products—both at home and in the global market.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    February 15, 2017

    IDFA Commends Industry-Wide Efforts to Reduce Food Waste; Says Dairy Companies Can Make a Difference

    “The International Dairy Foods Association commends industry-wide efforts led by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to streamline and standardize the wording accompanying the date labels on packages," said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “While much food is wasted at the consumer level, dairy foods companies can play a leading role by educating consumers to better understand when a perishable food, such as milk, yogurt or cheese, should be thrown out or can still be consumed."
  • Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Tuten/Wikimedia Commons/CC0-Y-2.0.)
    January 19, 2017

    IDFA Statement on President-Elect’s Nomination of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

    The International Dairy Foods Association released the following statement by Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, on the decision by President-elect Donald Trump to name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the Secretary of Agriculture. “IDFA and our dairy foods company members look forward to working closely with Sonny Perdue in his new role as Secretary of Agriculture. While leading the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary Perdue will oversee many areas that are extremely important to the dairy industry, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the school breakfast and lunch programs, and, most recently, the national disclosure standard for foods made with genetically modified ingredients," he said.
  • January 05, 2017

    Dairy Groups Express Concern with Proposed Changes in WIC Feeding Program

    “The NAS Committee’s recommendations would undermine the nutritional value of the WIC program to needy Americans," said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, in a joint statement. "It is contradictory that the NAS report would both acknowledge that many WIC participants are not getting enough milk, yet at the same time suggest further reducing the milk served through the program."
  • October 05, 2016

    Carlin: There’s a Lot at Stake for Dairy in This Election

    In today’s DairyLine broadcast to producers, Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy, highlighted dairy issues that have been covered on the campaign trail and offered a few election predictions. For the presidency, he said, “I think it’s going to come down to which campaign does a better job of turning out its voters, particularly in important Electoral College swing states.” While he expects the House to keep a Republican majority, he said control of the Senate is “up for grabs.”
  • July 08, 2016

    IDFA Statement on the U.S. Senate Vote to Pass GMO Disclosure Bill

    The Senate voted last night to pass S. 764, the bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that would provide a national food disclosure standard for labeling foods made with genetically modified, or GMO, ingredients. “We commend the long list of senators who voted to pass the bill and move it forward. We now ask the U.S. House to take up the bill next week and send it to President Obama for his signature,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy.
  • May 20, 2016

    IDFA Says New Report is an ‘Important Step’ in Assessing TPP

    IDFA today released a statement in response to the International Trade Commission (ITC) report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “We applaud the long-awaited release of the ITC's investigation, which is an important step forward in assessing the benefits of the TPP,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and general counsel. “While we still have concerns about implementation and enforcement on a number of critical issues that will determine how the agreement is likely to work in practice,” he said, “we are encouraged by the positive ITC report, and are hopeful that Senate and House leaders will approve the agreement this year.”
  • March 14, 2016

    Tipton Touts Power of Advocacy and Associations in Keynote Speech

    Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, delivered the keynote address to more than 200 association executives who met in Washington, D.C., last week for congressional visits on behalf of the American Society of Association Executives.
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