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  • March 12, 2014

    IDFA Commends Senators Call for Push Back Against EU Efforts to Restrict Common Cheese Names

    "IDFA commends the 55 U. S. senators who have taken a strong stance against the European Union’s efforts to hinder our use of common food names. A letter coauthored by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) urges Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to reject the EU’s attempt in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations to claim exclusive use of common cheese names both here and abroad."
  • January 27, 2014

    IDFA Commends Farm Bill Conferees for Reaching Compromise on Historic Reform of U.S. Dairy Policies

    "IDFA commends the Farm Bill conferees for their hard work and we congratulate them on reaching a compromise that represents historic reform of our nation’s dairy policies. The agreement establishes a new margin insurance program for dairy farmers, which was included in both the House and Senate bills, and rejects the effort to have our government limit milk supplies."
  • October 30, 2013

    IDFA Encourages Farm Bill Conferees to Accept the House Dairy Title

    During the first day of Farm Bill conference committee meetings, IDFA strongly encouraged the conferees to accept the House dairy language and to include its provisions in the final bill. 
  • July 11, 2013

    Statement of Jerry Slominski, IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative and Economic Affairs, On House Farm Bill Vote

    “Today’s passage of the Farm Bill by the House of Representatives brings us one step closer to historic dairy policy reform and proves that we can help dairy farmers without raising the prices of dairy products for consumers and for government programs.
  • June 20, 2013

    Statement of Jerry Slominski, IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy, On House Vote on Goodlatte-Scott Amendment

    (<strong>Washington, D.C. – June 20, 2013)</strong> “IDFA commends the House of Representatives for voting, 291-135, to reform our dairy policies by establishing a new and expanded revenue insurance program for dairy farmers without imposing a controversial program that will have our government get into the business of limiting milk supplies, hurting consumers and costing American jobs. The momentum is now strongly against supply management for our dairy industry.  
  • May 15, 2013

    Statement of Jerry Slominski, IDFA Senior Vice President for Legislative and Economic Affairs, On House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Vote

    “IDFA is very encouraged by the growing support for the bipartisan, compromise Goodlatte-Scott approach to dairy policy, particularly from important dairy states like Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. We are grateful to Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and David Scott (D-GA) for offering a proposal that provides an effective safety net for dairy farmers but will not interfere in dairy markets by imposing limits on milk production."
  • May 14, 2013

    Statement of Jerry Slominski, IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative and Economic Affairs, on Senate Agriculture Committee Vote

    “IDFA is disappointed that the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry continues to recommend a milk supply management program that will raise dairy prices on consumers and will hurt the dairy industry and dairy export growth. The Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP) is a controversial and divisive approach to dairy policy, one that has threatened and will continue to threaten the completion of a five-year Farm Bill."
  • January 28, 2013

    Dairy Forum Speech by Connie Tipton: "Unlocking Dairy's Potential"

    (Orlando, Fla. -- January 28, 2013) Good morning and welcome to the 2013 Dairy Forum. Last night we got a great overview of what’s driving the global dairy industry and some valuable insights into what our future may hold. But we as an industry also understand what the former editor of the Harvard Business Review Theodore Levitt meant when he observed, “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” That’s what our great industry is all about . . . 
  • January 02, 2013

    IDFA Congratulates Congress and President Obama on Farm Bill Extension, Fiscal Cliff Agreement

    <em>Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on the farm bill extension and fiscal cliff agreement. </em>"The International Dairy Foods Association congratulates Congress and President Obama for reaching an agreement on how to address the important 'fiscal cliff' legislation. We appreciate that the bill includes provisions that will avoid the resurrection of dairy policies from more than 50 years ago. This agreement allows Congress time to fully and openly consider future reforms to our nation's dairy policies."
  • November 29, 2012

    IDFA Statement on Reverting to Dairy Policy from the Agricultural Act of 1949

    <em>Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on reverting to dairy policy from the Agricultural Act of 1949.</em> “Congress is not required to pass a five-year farm bill to prevent the higher support level for dairy farmers, as some have suggested. Congress has several other options available, including repealing the underlying 1949 Act . . .
  • July 17, 2012

    IDFA Praises Successful USDA HealthierUS Schools Challenge; Standards Include low-fat milk, other low-fat dairy products

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, (202) 220-3508, parmstrong@idfa.org (Washington, D.C. – July 17, 2012) Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on USDA’s successful expansion of its HealthierUS Schools Challenge program. Dairy products are an important part of the program’s nutrition standards. “We applaud USDA for its success in certifying more than 3,700 schools in the HealthierUS School Challenge to boost the health and nutrition of the nation's schoolchildren. This includes nearly 1,500 more schools than the original program goal. “We are encouraged by the success of the program because milk and dairy play ...
  • July 11, 2012

    IDFA Encouraged by Support for Goodlatte-Scott Amendment; Disappointed in House Ag Committee Vote

    Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, issued this statement on the House Agriculture Committee vote on the bipartisan amendment to the Farm Bill offered by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. David Scott (D-GA). The amendment would have stripped a supply management provision from the Dairy Security Act and offered the safety net of a margin insurance program with no strings attached.
  • June 05, 2012

    IDFA Urges Senate to Adopt Compromise Position on Dairy Security Act Provision

    Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued this statement on the Senate moving the Farm Bill to the floor for debate. “IDFA remains opposed to the dairy title that is included in the Farm Bill as passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The new dairy supply management program in the bill will hurt exports, encourage imports and limit job growth in the dairy processing industry."
  • April 26, 2012

    IDFA Commends Senator Bennet for Introducing Farm Bill Compromise

    Remains Hopeful That Program Will Be Removed Through Action on the Senate Floor (Washington, D.C. – April 26, 2012) Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on the Senate Agriculture Committee’s vote to approve the 2012 Farm Bill and move it to the Senate floor. The bill includes a dairy market stabilization program, first introduced in H.R. 3062, the Dairy Security Act, by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), which will raise consumer prices, hurt exports, cost thousands of new jobs and stifle investments in new facilities. “We commend ...
  • April 24, 2012

    IDFA Applauds Margin Insurance Amendment Offered by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet

    (Washington, D.C. – April 24, 2012) Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on the amendment offered by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) to the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) mark of the 2012 Farm Bill. The amendment would strike the dairy market stabilization program that is included in the draft and based on H.R. 3062, the Dairy Security Act offered by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), and replace it with a stand-alone margin insurance program for dairy producers. “We applaud Senator Bennet for his leadership and ...
 
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