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  • January 17, 2018

    Can’t Attend Dairy Forum? Engage via Broadcast Live

    Dairy Forum 2018 will bring together a diverse group of industry leaders next week to discuss the future of dairy and ways to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. If you’re not able to attend, you can register at no cost to view two featured sessions that will be broadcast live online from Palm Desert, California. IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine have partnered to offer these broadcasts on Monday, Jan. 22. IDFA also invites members to follow along with #DairyForum conversations on social media for real-time highlights from the event.
  • January 17, 2018

    In Memoriam: Albert Yarnell, Former President of Yarnell Ice Cream Company

    Albert Yarnell, former president of Yarnell Ice Cream Company, passed away this month at the age of 94. For more than 75 years, he worked with his family and management team to expand the company’s operations. He became the company’s president in 1974. He made significant contributions to IDFA as well, serving as a board member of the International Ice Cream Association for 18 years. Yarnell is an inductee of both the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Dairy Products Association Hall of Fame.
  • January 17, 2018

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Georgia

    The dairy products industry in Georgia employs more than 23,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $675 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $2.26 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 19th among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • January 10, 2018

    IDFA Garners Coverage for Dairy While Amplifying President Trump’s Message to Farmers

    President Donald Trump’s speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville on Monday presented IDFA with a unique opportunity to leverage public interest in trade and the administration’s support for rural communities. In the news cycle that followed, IDFA emphasized the importance of international trade to the U.S. dairy industry, the need to successfully renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the value that workforce development would bring to rural communities across the country and IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers. IDFA worked with the White House communications team to publicize the news from the president’s speech and its impact on the dairy industry.
  • Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky (center left) meets with Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO (center right) and IDFA board members during a December fly-in.
    January 10, 2018

    How Will USDA Promote Rural Agriculture Prosperity in 2018?

    Armed with the interagency task force report released this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture can better achieve its goal of maximizing opportunities to create jobs in agriculture. How will USDA act to meet this goal in 2018? Dairy leaders will learn more about USDA’s plans from Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky, who is set to deliver remarks at Dairy Forum 2018, January 21-24 in Palm Desert, California. “Steve is well versed in the issues of modern food and agriculture production and has prior leadership experience at USDA having served under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We’re looking forward to hearing his insight at Dairy Forum and to working with him.”
  • January 10, 2018

    FDA Grants Enforcement Discretion for Several FSMA Provisions

    The Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it will not enforce certain provisions in four Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules while it considers changes to the requirements and addresses stakeholder concerns. IDFA welcomes this announcement and agrees with the statement made by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., that the move will help reduce industry and government burdens as the agency works to provide flexibility in FSMA’s implementation. The announcement covers certain requirements in the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule, the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs rule and the Produce Safety rule.
  • January 10, 2018

    IDFA, Others Call for Science-based Messages on Sodium DRIs

    IDFA joined with a coalition comprised of several other food associations this week to urge an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services to adhere to scientific evidence when crafting messages from the agency’s systematic review of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for sodium and potassium. “We are concerned that the current key messages are neither transparent nor accurate in that they do not adequately confer the true state of the science as articulated in the report,” the coalition said in comments filed on Monday with the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • January 10, 2018

    How Is President Trump Shaping Nutrition and Labeling Policy?

    The White House last month announced that federal agencies are making progress toward more effective and less burdensome regulation and that they plan to finalize three deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action in fiscal year 2018. How will these actions affect the expected release in July of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, implementation of Nutrition Facts label updates and work on the next Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Agricultural policy experts and editors will answer these questions and more as they map the road ahead for nutrition and labeling issues at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14, in Orlando.
  • January 10, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Agpro, Inc. As Business Partner

    IDFA welcomes Agpro, Inc. as its newest Business Partner. The company is located in Paris, Texas, and specializes in waste management for the dairy industry.
  • January 10, 2018

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Colorado

    The dairy products industry in Colorado employs nearly 15,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $695 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.27 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 18th among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • January 03, 2018

    IDFA Helps Members Deliver Pro-Trade Message in The Wall Street Journal

    As part of IDFA’s efforts to advocate for free-trade agreements that would increase market access for U.S. dairy products, IDFA continues to work with leaders of member companies to place pro-trade opinion pieces in influential news outlets. Most recently, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion column by IDFA board members Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO of California Dairies Inc., and Stan Ryan, president and CEO of Darigold Inc., who called on U.S. negotiators to act swiftly to finalize updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • January 03, 2018

    New Year Promises Rapid Tempo on Trade

    Trade issues will continue to be a central focus for the Trump administration, as well as IDFA and its members, in the new year. In January alone, three significant actions have the potential to affect IDFA members that export dairy products and import product supplies from companies outside the United States. Negotiations for updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement are scheduled for this month, and the International Trade Commission is expected to announce next week its preliminary injury determination on imports of aluminum sheet from China.
  • January 03, 2018

    Making History with New Farm Bill Proposal

    “IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation have worked side by side for several months to provide a united request to the House and Senate agriculture committees for improved dairy policies in the 2018 farm bill,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his recent Cheese Market News column. “In fact,” he added, “members of Congress have called our collaborative efforts historic, refreshing and, best of all, exceedingly helpful to their farm bill efforts. That’s a wonderful way to start the new year!” Dykes said the joint proposal is already in the hands of committee members.
  • January 03, 2018

    Congress Poised to Move on Farm Bill

    Congress returned to Washington this week with an ambitious legislative agenda for 2018. Near the top of the to-do list will be passing a new farm bill before the current one expires at the end of September. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, told IDFA board members in December that he plans to unveil his farm bill proposal in mid-January or February. A committee mark-up and consideration of the bill on the House floor will likely follow in relatively short order. The Senate Agriculture Committee plans to introduce its own farm bill sometime this winter.
  • January 03, 2018

    Futurist Jack Uldrich to Prep Dairy Execs for 2018 at Dairy Forum

    “It can seem like major changes appear out of nowhere, but disruptive trends and technologies usually give us warning – if we’re paying attention,” said Jack Uldrich, global futurist and author, in a recent blog post. Uldrich, who helps business leaders prepare for unpredictable futures, last month highlighted 10 game-changing technologies on his radar for 2018. He promises to provide more insights on the future to dairy leaders attending Dairy Forum 2018, Jan. 21-24 in Palm Desert, California.
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