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  • July 11, 2019

    China Notifies WTO SPS Committee About Draft Dairy Standards

    Last month, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee of the issuance of four draft national standards for public comment. These standards have the potential to impact U.S. dairy exports to China. The WTO SPS Committee is tasked with monitoring the process of international harmonization and the use of international standards, guidelines and recommendations by WTO member countries. It also monitors the implementation of the WTO SPS Agreement. WTO members can raise concerns with the committee about national standards developed by other WTO members that may conflict with the SPS Agreement’s requirements. WTO member countries ...
  • July 11, 2019

    McKinsey Paper: The Evolving Perspectives and Strategies of Dairy Executives

    A study by McKinsey & Company in partnership with IDFA finds declining domestic dairy consumption and changing consumer preferences prompting U.S. dairy producers to move into exports and nondairy alternatives. This is an excerpt from the paper.
  • July 10, 2019

    USTR Proposes More Retaliatory Tariffs for EU Products

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) took additional steps last Friday to resolve the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute regarding the European Union’s (EU) continued use of subsidies for large civil aircraft. In a Federal Register notice, USTR proposed more retaliatory tariffs totaling $4 billion on EU products, including dairy, because the EU has yet to remove the subsidies.
  • July 10, 2019

    Leading IDF Delegation, IDFA Makes Dairy’s Voice Heard at Codex

    Trade seems to be the topic on everyone’s mind lately. But to ensure U.S. dairy products reach dining tables around the globe, you’ve got to have a seat at the Codex table. During the Codex meeting in Switzerland, IDFA was instrumental in ensuring that science-based principles remain intact and that proposed additives for use in fortified milks, which impact nutritional value, were successfully accepted by the Commission. This is an important victory for dairy due to our direct engagement.
  • July 03, 2019

    IDFA’s Michael Dykes: Trade is not a ‘nice to have’ — trade is essential

    Michael Dykes: "While 2018 delivered record exports for the dairy industry, we’re now beginning to see significant disruptions in U.S. food and agriculture trade with key trading partners. As a result, the first quarter of 2019 has been a dismal one for dairy exports. Mexico is the number one market for many American-made and -grown products. Last year, we shipped $1.4 billion of milk, cheese, whey, ice cream and other dairy items to Mexico. But as 2019 has worn on, ongoing trade disputes with Mexico have begun to take a toll, biting into U.S. exports and squeezing American jobs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its expectations for trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada, citing domestic factors and trade uncertainty. Clearly, retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and China are affecting U.S. dairy exports in a substantial way."
  • July 03, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for Paperboard Container Manufacturers

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $620 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries like paperboard container manufacturers? Nearly 7,800 jobs in the paperboard container manufacturing industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $627.9 million in wages and almost $3.7 billion in economic impact for American paperboard container manufacturers.
  • July 03, 2019

    IDFA’s Michael Dykes: Wisconsin’s dairy industry needs trade deal with Mexico, Canada

    The United States and Mexico averted a major disruption in trade a few weeks ago by reaching an agreement to help stem migration at the southern border. On behalf of America’s dairy industry: Thank goodness! Mexico is the No. 1 market for many American-made and -grown products. Last year, we shipped $1.4 billion of milk, cheese, whey, ice cream and other dairy items to Mexico. But as this year has worn on, ongoing trade disputes with Mexico have begun to take a toll, biting into U.S. exports and squeezing American jobs.
  • July 03, 2019

    Update on US-China Trade Negotiations: 'China is going to start spending money'

    U.S. and Chinese officials have begun talking again, according to news reports, to end a trade dispute that has dragged on since August 2017.
  • June 27, 2019

    IDFA Hosts Second Membership Briefing of 2019

    Nearly 200 IDFA members participated in yesterday’s Membership Briefing web conference to hear IDFA subject matter experts outline their strategies to address issues affecting the dairy industry. The full webcast is available in the Membership section of IDFA.org.
  • June 26, 2019

    Video: Why It's Important for Dairy to Raise Our Voice on Trade

    In April, IDFA leadership traveled to the newly expanded Valley Queen Cheese Company in Milbank, S.D. to highlight the dairy industry’s growing economic impact in the state alongside leaders from government and business. Watch Michael Dykes and Doug Wilke discuss the importance of trade.
  • June 26, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Hotels and Motels

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $620 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries like hotels and motels? Over 14,190 jobs in the lodging industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. About 10,926 additional jobs in the hotel and motel industry result from dairy and supplier employees staying at hotels or motels while on vacation or visiting a hotel restaurant. All told, the dairy industry creates $538 million in wages and over $1.64 billion in economic impact for the American lodging industry.
  • Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., (center) toured Galliker Dairy Company’s plant in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, last summer.
    June 26, 2019

    August Recess — the Perfect Time to Host Your Legislators

    In a few short weeks, Congress will be headed home for August recess. This summer break is an ideal time for dairy companies to organize congressional plant tours while legislators are back in their states and districts. “Conducting a plant visit for your legislators and their staff is an excellent way to build relationships,” said Colin Newman, IDFA director of political affairs and strategic programs. “These plant tours provide valuable opportunities for lawmakers to meet with their constituents, hear the success stories and challenges of dairy food manufacturers and see firsthand how policies crafted in Washington impact businesses in their state or district.”
  • June 20, 2019

    Dairy Leaders Take to Capitol Hill to Promote Trade, Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    During IDFA’s second strategic fly-in of 2019, dairy leaders met with members of Congress and senior administration officials to discuss top priority issues for the dairy processing industry. The two-day event this week focused on ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), China tariffs and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Ten IDFA members participated in the fly-in, holding meetings with more than a dozen members of Congress, senior Congressional staff and senior officials from the Trump administration. The fly-in culminated Wednesday afternoon with IDFA’s Congressional Ice Cream Social in the U.S. Capitol.
  • June 20, 2019

    IDFA Serves 1,500 Gallons of Ice Cream and Thousands of Guests at Party on Capitol Hill

    IDFA hosted the 37th annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party on Wednesday, June 19, at Union Square on Capitol Hill. With temperatures reaching the upper 80s on a beautifully sunny day, thousands of guests crowded the grounds surrounding the reflecting pool at the Capitol to enjoy dozens of varieties of ice cream from 16 IDFA member companies. In total, IDFA staff and volunteers served more than 1,500 gallons of ice cream—or nearly 50,000 scoops of ice cream, including 2,000 root beer floats.
  • June 20, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America's Amusement and Recreation Industry

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact — $620 billion in total — on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports the amusement and recreation industry? About 6,808 jobs in the recreation industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees and 5,509 additional jobs in the recreation industry result from dairy employees and supplier employees snowmobiling or canoeing. All told, the dairy industry creates $159.9 million in wages and more than $431 million in economic impact for the American amusement and recreation industry.
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