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  • February 14, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, tackled the president’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget in this week’s “Hill of Beans” column,” saying it’s worth paying attention to what gets included and what gets discarded. He noted that proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget will affect agricultural research and could limit the dairy industry’s opportunities to explore more ag research. At the same time, the president’s proposal to revamp the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included opportunities for USDA to provide shelf-stable milk as part of a nutritious foods package.
  • Jason Hafemeister, trade counsel to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gave the keynote speech at the International Sweetener Colloquium.
    February 14, 2018

    USDA Trade Counsel Calls Access to Asia Critical for U.S. Ag Growth

    Adopting an aggressive U.S. trade agenda in Asia is critical for U.S. agriculture’s continued growth, according to Jason Hafemeister, trade counsel to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who gave the keynote address this week at the International Sweetener Colloquium in Orlando, Florida. He also outlined the importance of the current negotiation efforts for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and their potential impact on sugar markets.
  • February 14, 2018

    Know Your Rights During an FDA Inspection

    The Food Safety Modernization Act and its corresponding regulations not only place more responsibility on food manufacturers, but they also provide the Food and Drug Administration with substantial new authority to use when inspecting facilities. In this month’s “Rules & Regs” column in Dairy Foods Magazine, two IDFA FSMA experts discuss the limits of FDA’s authority, especially regarding records access and photography.
  • February 14, 2018

    Anuga FoodTec 2018 Welcomes IDFA Members with VIP Buyer Program

    The next Anuga FoodTec trade fair will be held March 20-23, 2018, in Cologne, Germany, and Koelnmesse GmbH, IDFA’s trade show partner, invites IDFA members to attend through the new VIP Buyer Program. Nearly 1,700 suppliers from more than 50 countries will present innovative technologies for the entire food and beverage production chain, and more than 45,000 visitors are expected to attend. Held every three years, Anuga FoodTec is the only global trade fair that covers all aspects of food production, including processing, filling and packaging technology; packaging materials; ingredients; food safety; and a host of innovations.
  • February 07, 2018

    House Ag Committee Hearing Highlights Key Dairy Issues

    “The House Agriculture Committee hearing on the state of the rural economy this week spoke to the significance and complexity of the agriculture sector, and specific attention was paid to dairy,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in his latest Hill of Beans column. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue testified before the committee, covering issues important to IDFA members including school milk, market access, a legal workforce for dairy and risk management.
  • February 07, 2018

    IDFA Applauds Progress on Doud’s USTR Nomination; Calls for Strong US Trade Team

    IDFA applauded Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for releasing his hold on the nomination of Gregg Doud as the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). “We need a strong voice for agriculture and hope the Senate will move forward on his confirmation quickly,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. IDFA also joined 77 other trade associations, organizations and companies in sending in a letter to all senators, calling for the confirmation of Doud and two additional nominees for key trade positions within USTR.
  • February 07, 2018

    Senators Urge President Trump to Preserve NAFTA

    Nearly 40 senators last week urged President Donald Trump to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), stressing its benefits to the U.S. economy and the even greater economic success a modernized agreement would bring. They emphasized the gains made under the agreement, especially in manufacturing and agriculture, noting that U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have quadrupled under NAFTA and reached $38.1 billion in 2016.
  • February 07, 2018

    Dairy Exporters to EU Must Register Online by March 1

    IDFA is reminding manufacturers and processors eligible to ship dairy products to the European Union (EU) to apply for inclusion on the EU Dairy List through the Food and Drug Administration’s Dairy Listing Module by March 1. All firms must apply by this deadline to obtain the export certificates necessary to ship dairy products to the EU. FDA previously compiled the lists from written applications but decided to move the application process online to simplify the process for companies.
  • February 07, 2018

    USDA Launches New Platform with Dairy Market News

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service last week launched a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information for farm commodities. The Market Analysis and Reporting Services, or MARS, platform opened last Friday with Market News information for dairy products as the first set of available data and reports. Dairy Market News covers the supply, demand and price situation every week on a regional, national and international basis for milk, butter, cheese, and dry and fluid products.
  • February 06, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Five New Members

    IDFA welcomes five new member companies this month. MUUNA, a maker of cottage cheese that’s co-packed by Kemps LLC, joined the Milk Industry Foundation. Joining as Business Partners are bioMérieux, Inc., a diagnostic solutions provider; Cedar Grove Warehouse Inc., a warehousing and logistics company; The Myrtle Group, an operational-improvement firm; and Pacific Sowa Corporation, a machinery manufacturer in Japan.
  • January 31, 2018

    Progress on NAFTA Remains Slow; TPP-11 Moves to Conclusion Without US

    The latest round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico concluded on Monday with a ministerial meeting and guardedly optimistic statements from the U.S. administration that negotiations were slowly moving in the right direction. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, attended the talks to advocate for dairy and engage with U.S. negotiators as a cleared advisor. Earlier this month, America’s NAFTA partners joined nine other countries in announcing the conclusion of a new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which replaces the original TPP that included the United States.
  • L-R: Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of IDFA; Mike Wells, President and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc.; Sheryl Meshke, Co-President and CEO of Associated Milk Producers, Inc.; and Mike Haddad, President and CEO of Schreiber Foods, Inc.
    January 31, 2018

    Dairy CEOs Outline Opportunities for Industry Innovation, Growth

    A panel of CEOs from three major dairy companies concluded Dairy Forum 2018 last week with a look toward the future of the U.S. dairy industry. Joining moderator Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, were Mike Haddad, president and CEO of Schreiber Foods, Inc.; Sheryl Meshke, co-president and CEO of Associated Milk Producers, Inc.; and Mike Wells, president and CEO of Wells Enterprises, Inc. The panelists discussed the steps they’re taking today to help their companies meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace. They also shared their vision for ways the industry can collaborate, innovate and grow to flourish in the future.
  • Dan O’Connor, President and CEO of RetailNet Group
    January 31, 2018

    Dairy Forum Features Futurists in Four Fields

    Dairy Forum 2018 brought together more than 1,000 industry leaders last week, as well as futurists in the fields of retail, consumer research, business and politics to discuss the future of dairy. The prognosticators shared their predictions on what’s next for retail in the digital age, how products will resonate with evolving consumers, the metrics that will matter in the global economy and what factors will shape the midterm elections.
  • January 31, 2018

    IDFA, Trade Show Partners Preview Progress for ProFood Tech 2019

    ProFood Tech, the food and beverage processing trade show powered by PACK EXPO, Anuga and IDFA, was also on the agenda at last week’s Dairy Forum 2018. The trade show leaders met to review the inaugural 2017 event and discuss progress on ProFood Tech 2019, March 26-28 in Chicago, inviting feedback from IDFA members and other industry stakeholders in attendance. Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show, discussed IDFA’s goal of continuing to engage its member company representatives in the trade show’s planning, especially as it relates to the IDFA-led ProFood Tech Conference Program.
  • Colin Newman, IDFA Manager of Legislative Affairs and Political Programs
    January 31, 2018

    IDFA Members Rebrand Political Action Committee

    IDFA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Steering Committee voted unanimously last week to change the PAC name to the International Dairy Foods Association Political Action Committee (IDFA PAC). IDFA proposed the new name after hearing from members of Congress and their staff that it wasn’t always clear that the Ice Cream, Milk & Cheese PAC was associated with IDFA. “International Dairy Foods Association PAC will make it clear that our financial support of candidates comes directly from IDFA member companies,” said Colin Newman, IDFA manager of legislative affairs and political programs.
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