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  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, (right) meets with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
    November 15, 2018

    Dykes Commends USTR Lighthizer for USMCA Efforts

    IDFA continues to meet with Trump administration officials to discuss trade opportunities for dairy, as well as the need to lift the section 232 tariffs to regain our duty-free access to the Mexican dairy market. When Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, met with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer today, he applauded the USTR’s efforts to expand new market agreements abroad and thanked him for his efforts on dairy in the recently concluded U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • Mike Allen, Co-founder and Executive Editor of Axios, Former POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent
    November 14, 2018

    The House is Flipping. Where Will Dairy Policy Priorities Land?

    When Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in January, new committee chairs will take over, bringing different policy priorities and perspectives to the table. This change in control will have an impact on issues important to IDFA members. Mike Allen, co-founder and executive editor of Axios and former POLITICO chief White House correspondent, will address attendees at Dairy Forum, sharing an insider’s perspective on the election results and the impact they’ll likely have on the new Congress, dairy companies and the 2020 presidential election. Dairy Forum 2019 will be held Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Florida.
  • November 14, 2018

    FDA Extends Deadline for Feedback on Plant-based Foods

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking public comments on how consumers use plant-based beverages, as well as how they understand terms like “milk” or “cheese” when the terms are used to label products made from soy, peas or nuts. In response to requests from industry, including IDFA, FDA agreed to extend the deadline for these comments from Nov. 27 to Jan. 25. IDFA had requested a 120-day extension to allow time to consider the results of two relevant surveys that were released last month.
  • November 14, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for Air Transportation

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects more than 25 million travelers to take to the skies this year for Thanksgiving, one of the busiest holidays on record. While many travelers think of dairy when it comes to buttery mashed potatoes and whipped cream with pie, few know that dairy also is an important support of air transportation. By purchasing tickets and other services, dairy companies create 1,800 jobs in air transportation for people like pilots, ground personnel, flight attendants and cargo handlers. Overall, the dairy industry creates more than $1.7 billion in economic impact and supports $421.5 million in wages for the American air transportation industry.
  • November 14, 2018

    Beat Brain Freeze; Submit Ideas for Ice Cream Tech

    At IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, participants and experts gather to share the best and brightest ideas for the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. IDFA is requesting topic ideas for presentations and panel discussions for the 2019 conference, April 16-17 in St. Petersburg, Florida. IDFA is seeking speakers and presentations on consumer, retail and product trends; food safety, quality and auditing systems; flavoring, sweeteners and novel ingredients; and sustainable processing, packaging and distribution solutions. Topic submissions are due to IDFA by Dec. 20.
  • November 14, 2018

    Latest IDFA Membership Briefing Available Online

    Members who missed the IDFA Membership Briefing on Nov. 1 may now log in to access the recorded webinar to receive an issues update provided by IDFA’s subject matter experts. IDFA members are invited to participate in the briefing three times a year to hear a deeper dive on issues of importance to the dairy industry. The next Membership Briefing will be held in February or March of next year.
  • November 08, 2018

    Elections 2018: Democrats Win the House, Republicans Pad Majority in Senate

    For many months, candidates have been pounding the pavement, knocking on doors and stumping for votes to have the honor of representing their constituents in Congress. Now the results are in. Democrats have won enough seats to take control of the House of Representatives, and the Republicans have increased their majority in the Senate. “IDFA congratulates the newly elected and re-elected members of the 116th Congress,” said Dave Carlin, senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. “We look forward to working with them on issues important to the dairy industry.” Outcomes of specific races and ballot initiatives could affect policy decisions important to dairy companies. IDFA has analyzed these results for members.
  • November 07, 2018

    FDA Rolls Out Plan to Regulate Biotechnology in Foods, Promote Innovation

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced a new plan to define its oversight on plants and animal biotechnology used in medicines and foods. Over the next year, FDA plans to issue two guidance documents on how it will oversee plant and animal biotechnology used in different food products. This guidance will be important to IDFA members that use products or ingredients made through biotechnology. IDFA will remain engaged with FDA during the rollout of the plan and work closely with its regulatory committees to discuss next steps and comments on future guidance.
  • November 07, 2018

    IDFA Webinar to Analyze New Congress, Prospects for Dairy

    Following this week’s midterm elections, IDFA’s legislative advocacy team is gearing up to provide an in-depth analysis of the nation’s new Congress and an outlook for dairy policy issues on Capitol Hill next year. In a webinar set for Dec. 11, IDFA’s legislative experts will analyze how new and returning members of Congress could affect dairy policy and explore the issues that key House and Senate committees may consider. The webinar, which will be held 1-2:00 p.m. Eastern time, is complimentary for IDFA members.
  • November 07, 2018

    Trade Terms for China, Tariffs, New Asia-Pacific Pact and Jobs Report

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, President Trump asked his staff to begin writing terms for a potential trade pact with China. Also, new research commissioned by Purdue University and the Farm Foundation shows that Canada’s and Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs will cause U.S. agricultural exports to decline, despite any gains made in the new trilateral trade pact. Six countries ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is the minimum requirement for the trade pact, involving 11 countries, to go into effect by the end of the year. The Department of Labor also released its October Jobs Report, which showed solid economic growth.
  • November 07, 2018

    Dykes: Building the IDFA of the Future

    IDFA is making major changes to ensure the association continues to evolve, grow and support the industry as the legislative, regulatory and trade environments shift and member needs grow. In a show of overwhelming support, the IDFA boards of directors and member representatives voted last month to consolidate IDFA’s dairy product constituent boards under one central organization, IDFA. In his new column for Cheese Market News, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, explains how this new structure will operate, strengthen IDFA and increase the return on investment that member companies receive.
  • November 07, 2018

    USDA Reports Show Positive Outlook for Dairy Export Markets

    Diversifying consumer demands and emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region provide bright spots of opportunity for U.S. dairy exports in markets abroad, according to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) reports, covering dairy markets in 12 countries, explain that tumultuous weather conditions disrupted domestic dairy markets in several countries and show the impact of decreasing milk production, as well as new trade pacts. The reports determine that these markets are expected to open new opportunities to U.S. dairy exports in 2019.
  • November 07, 2018

    FDA Issues Nutrition Facts Label Guidance

    The Food and Drug Administration last week released two guidance documents on updates to the Nutrition Facts label. One document is final guidance and provides additional information on requirements for labeling added sugars, vitamins and minerals. The other is draft guidance and clarifies rules for dual column formats and serving sizes. The documents are important guides for dairy products companies that are preparing to comply with the updated nutrition labeling requirements by Jan. 1, 2020.
  • November 07, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Machinery Manufacturers

    The dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. As part of this support, the dairy industry contributes to unique industries across the nation, like manufacturers of food products machinery. Dairy companies, distributors and retailers also support manufacturing workers. The jobs of nearly 1,330 employees depend on dairy industry purchases of machinery and equipment. All told, the dairy industry creates more than $421.2 million in economic impact and generates $108 million in wages for American manufacturers of food processing machinery.
  • November 07, 2018

    Economic Experts to Bring Dynamic Agriculture Discussion to Sweetener Colloquium

    It’s been nearly a decade since the financial crisis and the Great Recession and the U.S. economy is regaining its strength and resilience. The U.S. agricultural economy, however, is not benefiting from the current optimistic or “bull” market, according to a panel of financial experts. Luke Chandler, chief economist at Deere & Company, Christian Lawrence, senior market strategist at Rabobank, and Randy Green, principal of Watson Green LLC, are bringing a brand-new session to the dynamic program of the upcoming International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 24-27, in Aventura, Florida. In the U.S. Economic Outlook, the panelists will provide an overview of U.S. economic prospects and offer a forecast for U.S. agricultural interests. Early registration for the event ends Nov. 16.
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