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  • January 03, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Virginia employs nearly 25,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $877 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.17 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 17th 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.
  • 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.
    December 20, 2017

    Steve Censky, Deputy Ag Secretary, Joins Powerful Dairy Forum Program

    Just a few months into his new role at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky is set to deliver remarks at Dairy Forum 2018, January 21-24 in Palm Desert, California. As the second in command at USDA, Censky will play a critical role in implementing changes to the school lunch program, expanding agricultural trade opportunities and reauthorizing the next farm bill. His address on the factors shaping U.S. food and agriculture policy will provide valuable insights for IDFA and dairy leaders to consider when preparing for the future of dairy.
  • December 20, 2017

    How Will Shake-ups in Congress Affect Dairy and Sweetener Sectors?

    Charlie Cook, the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, said recent shake-ups in Congress and the soon-to-be-passed tax reform bill are “political portents” that are sure to raise the stakes for midterm elections in 2018. The outcome of these elections will help to decide the fate of legislation that is important to dairy food companies and sweetener users. That’s why IDFA has invited Cook to share his political analysis at its two premier events early next year: Dairy Forum 2018, Jan. 21-24 in Palm Desert, California, and the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14 in Orlando.
  • December 20, 2017

    Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard on Track for July Release

    The White House listed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard as an active regulatory action on its new six-month agenda, signifying that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is on track to release the final rule on time next July. The administration introduced two other active rules to the regulatory agenda: the Food and Drug Administration’s updates to the Nutrition Facts label and a proposed rule to remove requirements for written assurances on preventive controls from some customers as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • December 20, 2017

    USDA Seeks Comments on Dairy’s Role in Federal Feeding Programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week asked for feedback on its food crediting system, which the department uses to define how certain foods, like dairy, fit into meals in federal feeding programs for children and some adults. With plans to address today’s evolving food and nutrition environment, USDA asked specifically if different amounts of high-protein yogurt and regular yogurt should count toward a serving of a meat alternate. IDFA is consulting members and will submit comments by the Feb. 12 deadline.
  • December 20, 2017

    OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Injury, Illness Reports to Dec. 31

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) this week offered another brief extension to employers who are required to report injury and illness data electronically through the Injury Tracking Application. The two-week delay, from Dec. 15 to Dec. 31, is designed to allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with the new electronic reporting system launched by OSHA in August.
  • December 20, 2017

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

    The dairy products industry in North Carolina employs more than 28,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $821 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $2.85 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 16th 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.
  • (L to R) Rob Carpenter, Cary Frye, Tracy Boyle, Tyesha Beckham, Neil Moran and Jessica Matsko
    December 18, 2017

    6 IDFA Stars Celebrate Special Anniversaries

    During IDFA’s holiday luncheon last week, we unveiled a new rendition of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (better known as “The Night Before Christmas”) to recognize the hard work and dedication of six employees who celebrated special work anniversaries this year. They are Tracy Boyle, 30 years; Rob Carpenter, 20 years; Cary Frye, 20 years; Tyesha Beckham, 15 years; Neil Moran, 10 years; and Jessica Matsko, 10 years. Have fun unraveling the clues in the poem and join us in honoring their years of service and success.
  • Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture
    December 12, 2017

    IDFA Hosts Fundraiser for Rep. Conaway, Chair of House Ag Committee

    The IDFA board member fly-in last week in Washington, D.C., provided IDFA the perfect opportunity to host a successful fundraiser for Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and a key decision-maker in the upcoming farm bill. The board members and several IDFA staff members enjoyed dinner with the chairman while discussing priority issues for dairy, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the farm bill and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • December 12, 2017

    IDFA, Others Urge USDA to Base Food Policy Decisions on Science

    A coalition of 14 trade associations, including IDFA, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to discuss sodium targets in schools and stress the importance of basing U.S. food policies on scientific evidence and consensus. The coalition sent the letter in response to the interim final rule regarding Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium Requirements in Child Nutrition Programs that the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued last month. The letter emphasized the important role of the dietary reference intakes, or DRIs, for sodium and potassium, which are currently being review by a committee of experts.
  • December 12, 2017

    Dairy Forum: What Shapes American Food and Beverage Consumption Behavior?

    David Portalatin, vice president of industry analysis - food sector for The NPD Group, recently completed the research company’s “32nd Eating Patterns in America” report, and he is now traveling the country to share the insights he gained. Next stop: Dairy Forum, where he’ll present a concurrent session on the four new realities that are shaping food and beverage consumption behavior in the United States. Portalatin’s perspective on these new realities will help executives sharpen their vision and find growth opportunities in a challenging consumer landscape.
  • John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
    December 12, 2017

    Codex Committee Makes Progress on Follow-Up Formula Standard

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, joined more than 350 delegates representing 66 different countries and 39 observer organizations last week in Berlin, Germany, for the 39th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses. The committee worked on developing several food and nutrition standards of importance to the dairy industry, including the Codex Standard for Follow-up Formula. Standards, guidelines and other
  • December 12, 2017

    IDFA Launches New Online Buyers’ Guide for Members

    IDFA launched its new IDFA Online Buyers’ Guide this month as an enhanced member service for dairy foods companies and business suppliers to the industry. Produced and hosted in conjunction with MultiView, IDFA’s digital publishing partner, the Buyers’ Guide offers features and functions that make it easy to find all the products and services dairy companies need, such as processing and packaging equipment, materials, ingredients, lab equipment, sanitation and maintenance supplies, distribution and transportation equipment, and a variety of services that offer innovative and cost-effective business solutions.
  • December 12, 2017

    Front-of-Pack Labeling Moving Forward in Canada

    Canada is moving forward on a new labeling mandate that would require front-of-package labeling, in addition to changes to nutrition facts labeling, for all foods and beverages sold by 2021. Health Canada recently issued a request for consultants to help develop the symbols, which will highlight the amount of sugar, sodium and saturated fat in each product in an effort to warn consumers that products high in these nutrients are a public health concern. The request said the development process will run through 2019.
  • December 12, 2017

    FDA Memo Highlights Adopted Changes to 2017 PMO

    The 36th National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) held last May reviewed 98 proposals for changes to the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and related NCIMS documents. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued Memorandum IMS-a-51 with the final adopted changes, which were approved during the NCIMS Executive Board meeting in October.
 
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