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  • 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.
  • November 07, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Two Business Partners

    IDFA welcomes two new members. Joining as a Gold Business Partner is Shell Polymers, a polyethylene producer that is building a new plant in Monaca, Pa., that will make products for dairy industry applications. Joining as Business Partner is Superior Ice Cream Equipment, a company that specializes in equipment for the ice cream industry.
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
    November 07, 2018

    FDA Releases Final Guidance on Mandatory Food Recalls

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published guidance clarifying how and when it plans to use its authority to mandate a recall. In the guidance, FDA acknowledged that most companies coordinate with the agency and quickly initiate necessary food recalls. Since the Food Safety Modernization Act gave FDA this authority seven years ago, the agency has only mandated one food recall. According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., FDA issued the guidance to answer questions related to the mandatory recall that happened this past April.
  • November 01, 2018

    Trade Update: Progress on USMCA, Tariffs and Trade Aid

    IDFA continues to advocate for greater market access for U.S. dairy companies abroad. IDFA is tracking actions on trade that are positive for dairy, including the likely signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) later this month; the tariff situation with China; new bilateral talks with strong markets for U.S. dairy; and a second round of trade mitigation package payments and purchases by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • November 01, 2018

    IDFA 'Fly-Out' to Convene Idaho Dairy Leaders, Members of Congress

    IDFA continues to enhance its innovative efforts to advocate dairy industry priorities with federal lawmakers. On the heels of four successful strategic fly-ins, IDFA next week is hosting its first strategic "fly-out" in Nampa, Idaho, bringing together Idaho senators and a congressional candidate with leaders from dairy products companies with Idaho operations. These include Agropur Cooperative, Albertsons Companies, Chobani, Inc., Dean Foods Company, Reed’s Dairy, Inc. and Sorrento Lactalis, Inc. “We’re very pleased to bring Idaho’s members of Congress together with their dairy company constituents to share dairy’s impact on Idaho’s economy and discuss the policies needed to ensure dairy’s continued growth and success in Idaho,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, will host this session.
    November 01, 2018

    Dairy Forum: Women Leaders Are a Powerful Force

    Women represent nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but just a handful hold leadership positions in dairy. IDFA believes the industry can learn a lot from these trailblazing leaders and has assembled a panel of distinguished women leaders to share their stories of success at Dairy Forum 2019, Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. The session, “Women Leading Forward,” will feature Miriam Erickson Brown, president and CEO, Anderson Erickson Dairy Company; Beth Ford, president and CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Marilyn Hershey, owner operator, Ar-Joy Farms LLC, and chairwoman, Dairy Management Inc.; and Patricia Stroup, global vice president and head of commodities, Nestlé S.A.
  • November 01, 2018

    Hill of Beans: Playing Injured: What Congress Can Accomplish in a ‘Lame Duck’ Session

    “Anything labeled ‘lame duck’ is usually thought of as ineffective and unproductive, but do not let the name fool you. Lame-duck sessions, held when members of Congress return to Washington after elections, can be times of rapid legislative action,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs, in his new Hill of Beans column. Eberhard took a deep dive into the history of dairy policy progress in lame-duck sessions to give members an idea of what action to expect on legislation, like the new farm bill, before a new Congress is sworn in next January.
  • November 01, 2018

    Countdown to ProFood Tech: What’s New in 2019?

    ProFood Tech, the processing trade show that showcases cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions, will take place March 26-28, 2019, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Powered by PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies; Koelnmesse, organizer of Anuga; and IDFA, ProFood Tech is the only processing event in North America that represents every segment of the food and beverage sector. At the 2019 event, IDFA will launch its Knowledge Hub program with three show-floor locations – the Impact Zone, the Innovation Zone and the Disruption Zone. Registration is now open, and IDFA encourages all dairy professionals to make plans to attend.
  • November 01, 2018

    IDFA Reports Dairy Trade Barriers to USTR

    IDFA submitted comments last Thursday to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in preparation for its 2019 National Trade Estimate Report. Published annually, the report lists the many tariff and non-tariff barriers, like protective measures and technical obstacles to trade, that U.S. companies face around the world. IDFA’s comments referenced retaliatory tariffs on dairy products in Canada and Mexico, the European Union’s attempts to restrict the use of common food names using inappropriate geographical indications, India’s de facto ban on U.S. dairy products and restrictions to trade in Indonesia and Russia.
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