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  • September 12, 2018

    Bioengineered Food Rule Moves to Next Step: White House Review

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard to the White House for review late last month. The move represents the penultimate step in finalizing the standard, which will introduce mandatory labeling rules for bioengineered (BE) foods or foods with BE ingredients. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a division in the executive branch, has 90 days to review. Once that review is complete, the administration will publish the final rule in the Federal Register, mostly likely later this year. IDFA will remain engaged with the administration as the rule moves through these final stages.
  • September 12, 2018

    Turkey Reopens Market to US Dairy

    Turkey has reopened its market to U.S. dairy products, following a lapse in market access for nearly three years when Turkish and U.S. officials negotiated to renew a certificate that Turkey requires for imports. “We’re pleased to learn this hiatus is over and that American dairy companies once again have access to Turkey, a market that was worth $24.2 million for U.S. dairy in 2014,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA senior director of international affairs.
  • September 12, 2018

    Dietary Guidelines Committee to Consider Role of Dairy in Healthy Diet

    The departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services made progress last week on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Department officials announced a call for nominations of nutrition professionals to serve on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and released a final list of priority topics and related scientific questions that the committee will consider when making recommendations for the new guidelines. “We’re pleased that several of the topics and questions that the committee will consider reflect the priority areas of IDFA and the dairy industry,” said Michelle Matto, R.D.N., IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant.
  • September 11, 2018

    Washington Weekly: Dairy Tops US-Canada Trade Talks; Spending Scores Key to Farm Bill Deliberations

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing program remains a top issue in the final North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks. Also, the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee looks to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores to resolve farm bill contentions, and Congress faces deadlines to pass funding bills.
  • September 05, 2018

    Dykes Represents Dairy in US Chamber’s Committee of 100

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this summer welcomed Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, to its Association Committee of 100, a group of leading association executives that has supported American business for more than 50 years. Dykes was invited to serve as a representative for the dairy industry. “I’m pleased to join this esteemed group of association leaders,” he said. “Having this voice and role in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the world’s largest business federation, is a significant opportunity for our industry.”
  • September 05, 2018

    September Brings Deadlines, Determination and Dealmaking in Congress

    Congress arrived back in Washington this week with a checklist of legislative business to attend to before the October congressional recess and the midterm elections. The IDFA legislative team remains in constant communication with key lawmakers and their staff, and is actively working to ensure Congress makes progress on policies important to dairy, such as passing a farm bill that includes dairy priorities, an industry-supported natural cheese bill and a 2019 appropriations bill that includes increased funding for the Food and Drug Administration to work on food issues and research money to help find solutions for ice cream co-product.
  • September 05, 2018

    DC Summer Spelled No Slowdowns for Dairy

    In Washington, a slower pace of progress in August is as expected as the sweltering heat. Progress on dairy issues last month, however, was anything but. In a new Cheese Market News column and on Rice Dairy TV, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, detailed how these dog days of August delivered for dairy. He highlighted administration actions that earmarked millions of dollars of fluid milk purchases to help feed Americans in need and progress made to preserve dairy’s top export market, Mexico, with the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement talks.
  • September 05, 2018

    Indonesia Revises Unfair Regulation, Reducing Trade Barrier for US Dairy

    Indonesia has revised language on its regulation that caused an unfair trade barrier for U.S. dairy exporters, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture GAIN report. The report states that Indonesia’s “Ministry of Agriculture recently further revised a regulation that had required local dairy processors and dairy product importers to form partnerships with local dairy producers. This most recent revision eliminates all language making the partnerships compulsory, deletes previously required reporting requirements, and removes all remaining sanctions associated with non-compliance.” The move is expected to help ease dairy trade to the country, where U.S. exporters shipped $133 million worth of dairy products last year.
  • September 05, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Victoria Encarnacion to Membership and Programs Team

    IDFA this week welcomed Victoria Encarnacion as coordinator of membership and programs. In her new position, Encarnacion will support IDFA’s membership and program activities, member service programs and information systems, as well as coordinate and help execute the organization’s conferences and educational offerings. “We’re thrilled to add Victoria to the team,” said Tom Wojno, IDFA senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. “As we continue to expand our membership and programming offerings, Victoria will serve as a key resource to our members.”
  • September 04, 2018

    Washington Weekly: White House Extends NAFTA Deadline with Canada, Farm Bill Conference Begins

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, U.S. and Canadian negotiators met to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); the farm bill conference committee convened; and President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, received a confirmation hearing.
  • August 30, 2018

    Adapt FMMO System to Encourage Investments, Dykes Tells Program Leaders

    Adapt FMMO System to Encourage Investments, Dykes Tells Program Leaders Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, today asked Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) market administrators to adapt the federal orders to be more flexible and dynamic to encourage greater investment in higher-value dairy products. “Making sure our current systems get the market signals right is critical to preserving our industry’s competitiveness in key export markets,” Dykes said.
  • August 29, 2018

    US-Mexico Trade Pact Would Remove Tariffs, Preserve Some Common Cheese Names

    The Trump administration announced on Monday it has secured a preliminary U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. If enacted, tariffs on agricultural products traded between the two countries would remain at zero. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative also announced that for the first time in a U.S. trade agreement, the countries have agreed to not restrict market access in Mexico for U.S. cheeses labeled with certain names.
  • August 29, 2018

    Schoep’s Ice Cream Hosts Rep. Mark Pocan for Tour, Discussion

    IDFA team members on Monday joined Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., on a tour of Schoep’s Ice Cream Co., Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin. Alan Thomsen, the company’s president and CEO, and other family members who represent the company’s third-generation of owners and operators, hosted the meeting and tour. “Congressman Pocan has been a true champion for dairy through his work to secure ice cream co-product research funding,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs. “Thanks to the hardworking team at Schoep’s, the congressman was able to engage directly with the folks making ice cream and hear why this funding can make a difference for the industry.”
  • August 28, 2018

    Washington Weekly: US and Mexico Reach Preliminary Trade Agreement, USDA Offers Trade Relief, Senate Passes Funding Bill

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, the United States and Mexico agreed to a preliminary trade agreement; the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new trade-relief funding; the Senate passed another spending bill; and Arizona candidates pause campaigns to honor Sen. John McCain.
  • August 27, 2018

    IDFA Supports Several Changes to EPA Risk Management Plan

    In comments filed last week with the Environmental Protection Agency, IDFA supported proposed changes to the agency’s 2017 Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule that would reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and address the concerns of stakeholders and emergency responders. IDFA was engaged in the prior RMP rulemaking process, raising concerns about the rule’s unnecessary burdens on the dairy industry. The rule regulates the industry’s use of certain chemicals in refrigeration systems and wastewater treatment.
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