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Dairy Facts 2016

If you need to pay your registration by check, please download the paper registration form by clicking here. Once completed, please mail the registration form along with the check to the International Dairy Foods Association, 1250 H St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.

For more information, contact Maria Velasco, IDFA meetings coordinator and registrar, at registrar@idfa.org.

Registration Fees:

Member Processors, Affiliate Associations,  and Gold Business Partners

$1,495

Producers/Farmers
Dairy producers and farmers are persons directly engaged in the production of farm milk. This rate will also apply for employees of non-processing co-ops that are not eligible for IDFA membership.

$1,495

Business Partners

$1,795

Non-Members

$2,250

News Media

$350

Government
Government employees who work directly for a local, state or federal government or legislative body. Government contractors are not eligible for this rate.

$350

University
Faculty members and students registered for Dairy Forum must present a proof of enrollment at a university or college along with the registration form.

$350

Companion
Includes access to Chairman’s Lecture, evening receptions and both spouse activities.

$250

Tip Tipton Memorial Golf Tournament

$275

Afternoon Golf Tournament

$275

Tennis Tournament

$115

Cancellation Policy

IDFA will refund the registration fee, minus a $75 processing fee, for any cancellation received up to four weeks before the meeting. Cancellations received after Dec. 27, 2015, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Please be advised that your Dairy Forum registration fee is non-refundable after Jan. 10, 2016. Substitutions are encouraged and may be made without penalty. All cancellations must be received in writing. IDFA reserves the right to cancel all unpaid registrations.

All optional activities such as golf, tennis and spouse activities cancellations will receive a full refund before Dec. 27, 2015. No optional activity refunds will be given after this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is Dairy Forum 2016 being held?
Dairy Forum 2016 will be held Sunday, Jan. 24, through Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.

2. Why should I attend Dairy Forum 2016?
IDFA’s annual Dairy Forum has become the premier meeting place for leaders across the U.S. dairy industry, representing producers, co-ops, processors, retailers and suppliers. All segments of the dairy industry come together to gain insight from experts, discuss the top issues of the coming year and take advantage of the best networking opportunities available to dairy professionals.

3. Who attends Dairy Forum 2016?
Dairy Forum draws leaders from across the dairy industry, including processors, producers, business partners and suppliers, retailers, academics, policy makers and journalists. Whether in the sessions, at the social occasions or during golf or tennis tournaments, Dairy Forum offers the best networking opportunities for dairy leaders.

4. Will there be exhibits?
No, there are no exhibits for this event.

5. Which hotel has been reserved? What is the rate?
Dairy Forum 2016 will be held at the Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix. IDFA has a special room rate of $259 per night plus applicable taxes.

6. Can I make my hotel reservations now?
Yes, you can make your reservation directly with the Arizona Biltmore, either online or by phone at (855) 689-2878. When calling, refer to IDFA or Dairy Forum 2016 to receive the special room rate.

7. What is the schedule for Dairy Forum 2016?
An agenda with program and activities is available here. Please note that the program schedule is subject to change.

8. How can I become a speaker at Dairy Forum 2016?
Dairy Forum offers attendees access to divergent opinions, insights from important policy makers and results from the latest research. Because this conference is based on the latest issues and concerns facing the industry as a whole, topics and speakers are suggested by IDFA members and dairy industry colleagues. To suggest a topic for Dairy Forum 2016, please email Elizabeth Cookson, IDFA senior director of meetings and educational services, at ecookson@idfa.org.

9. How do I register for Dairy Forum 2016?
The fastest and easiest way to register is online. You may also email your completed registration form to registrar@idfa.org, fax it to 202-331-7820 or mail it to: IDFA Registrar, 1250 H St., NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.

10. What is the registration fee?
Registration fees for Dairy Forum 2016 are based on your company’s IDFA membership status. The registration fee is $1,495 for individuals who work for milk producers, member companies that produce dairy products and Gold Business Partners. Individuals who are employed by IDFA Business Partners should register at the $1,795 rate. If your company is not a member of IDFA, your registration fee is $2,250. University faculty or students, members of the media and government employees qualify for a special registration rate of $350. Faculty members and students registered for Dairy Forum must present a proof of enrollment at a university or college along with the registration form.

11. What does my registration fee include?
Your registration fee includes access to all sessions, Sunday through Wednesday; meal functions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and receptions on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.

12. Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
Yes, you will receive a confirmation of your registration via email. It will contain detailed information about Dairy Forum 2016.

13. What is the registration cancellation/refund policy?
IDFA will refund the registration fee, minus a $75 processing fee, for any cancellation received up to four weeks before the meeting. Cancellations received after Dec. 27, 2015, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Please be advised that your Dairy Forum registration fee is non-refundable after Jan. 10, 2016. Substitutions are encouraged and may be made without penalty. All cancellations must be received in writing. IDFA reserves the right to cancel all unpaid registrations.

All optional activities such as golf, tennis and spouse activities cancellations will receive a full refund before Dec. 27, 2015. No optional activity refunds will be given after this date.

14. I am a member of the media. Do you have a special media registration rate?

Yes, it is $350.

15. What is the dress code?
Business-casual attire is recommended. Phoenix temperatures average around 68 degrees in the winter months.

16. I am bringing my family with me. Will there be activities for them to enjoy?
Golf and tennis tournaments are played on Sunday, Jan. 24. Spouses and guests are invited to participate in these events, in addition to the spouse activities offered throughout the conference. The Arizona Biltmore offers a great variety of family-oriented activities as well. Please visit the hotel website to view these offerings.

17. What night is the open evening for entertaining clients and exploring Phoenix?
There are no scheduled conference events on Monday evening.

18. What is the difference between scramble and shamble golf tournaments?
In a scramble, each golfer in the foursome (or threesome) takes a shot from the tee. From that point, the team decides who has the best drive, and all players advance forward to that spot to take their second shots. This process continues, with the best shot being taken each time, until a member of the team is able to hole out. The team’s score for that particular hole is recorded as the number of team “strokes” it took to get the ball in the cup.

A shamble is slightly different in that only the best drive (or tee shot) is used for each team member’s second shot. From that point, normal stroke play ensues as each player plays his or her own ball, and each golfer is responsible for holing out in the fewest number of shots. Thus, a scramble continuously uses the best shot from the group, while a shamble uses only the best drive.

19. My question is not here! Whom should I contact?
If you have other questions about Dairy Forum 2016, please contact the meetings team at (202)-220-3524 or registrar@idfa.org.