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  • September 26, 2018

    The 2014 Farm Bill is About to Expire; Now What?

    The 2014 Farm Bill will expire on Sunday, Sept.30. Despite this looming deadline, it is highly unlikely that Congress will pass a new farm bill before the current one expires. IDFA members may have questions about how this lapse will affect current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. The short answer is: It depends. Some programs covered by the farm bill are permanently authorized, such as crop insurance and funding for nutrition programs. However, there are 39 smaller USDA programs that were authorized by the 2014 farm bill that will lose funding effective Oct. 1.
  • September 26, 2018

    IDFA Shares Priorities for Bioengineered Foods Rule with White House Officials

    IDFA continues to stress dairy industry priorities to officials who are working to finalize the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Last week, IDFA subject matter experts spoke with several administrators from the White House Office of Management and Budget who are currently reviewing the proposed standard. “IDFA has consistently urged the administration to finalize a rule that is transparent to consumers, non-disparaging to biotechnology and flexible enough to allow dairy foods processors to easily understand and comply with the labeling standard,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, who led the discussion with OMB.
  • September 26, 2018

    US-IDF Team Readies US Dairy for Spot on Global Stage

    The U.S. National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (US-IDF) held its annual fall meeting last week in Rosemont, Illinois, to discuss U.S. priorities on international scientific and regulatory issues. The group will present these priorities and suggested actions in IDF meetings with other national committees held in conjunction with the World Dairy Summit, held Oct. 15-19 in Daejeon, South Korea. Cary Frye and John Allan of IDFA hold leadership positions in US-IDF and IDF. They attended the meeting and presented on the priority topics of interest to IDFA members.
  • September 26, 2018

    Join IDFA in Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

    IDFA is gearing up to participate in National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), Oct. 5, with a social media campaign. It will highlight careers in dairy manufacturing, showcase the industry’s economic contributions and boost public awareness of the important work of IDFA members. The day is an annual national event devoted to engaging American manufacturers, especially the next generation of leaders. Last year, IDFA’s efforts garnered 8,000 social media views of dairy manufacturing.
  • Nina Teicholz, Investigative Journalist and Author of “The Big Fat Surprise”
    September 26, 2018

    Full Fat is Back. Dairy Forum 2019 Will Offer Ways Dairy Can Take Advantage.

    For dairy, full-fat products are back on the table. Last month, headlines in The New York Times and Time magazine generated significant buzz regarding a comprehensive study linking full-fat dairy foods consumption to a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease. At the same time, the administration announced plans to consider research on the role that different types and sources of dietary fats play in a healthy diet. Nina Teicholz, investigative journalist and author of “The Big Fat Surprise,” has joined Dairy Forum 2019’s powerful program to help dairy companies take advantage of this emerging shift in nutrition science and policy. Dairy Forum 2019 will be held Jan. 20-23 at in Orlando, Florida.
  • September 26, 2018

    Seven Skill-Building Reasons to Attend Dairy Lab Course

    Are you looking to hone critical food-safety testing skills in a real-world lab setting? IDFA is joining again with Chestnut Labs to offer the “Microbiological Testing: A Hands-on Food Safety Course,” Nov. 6-8 in Springfield, Missouri. The course will integrate classroom presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities in a professional laboratory environment to help attendees learn the seven steps for staying on the cutting-edge of dairy food safety.
  • September 26, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for American Real Estate

    Week after week in Connect, IDFA has demonstrated that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. But did you know that dairy indirectly supports unique industries across the nation, like real estate? By renting and purchasing warehouses, offices and manufacturing facilities, the nation’s dairy companies support over 36,800 jobs in the U.S. real estate industry. Starting this week, IDFA will take deeper dives into the data of Dairy Delivers®, its economic impact tool, to demonstrate dairy’s economic power and its ripple effect on other American industries.
  • September 25, 2018

    Washington Weekly: NAFTA a Topic at UN Summit, Spending Package Becomes Law

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may move to New York; Republican members of Congress seeks to delay controversial policy decisions until after the midterm elections; and President Trump signs three of 12 spending bills needed to fund the government.
  • September 19, 2018

    China to Impose Tariffs on Nearly All US Dairy Imports

    China’s finance ministry announced on Tuesday that it will impose retaliatory tariffs next week on nearly $60 billion worth of U.S. imports in reaction to the Trump administration’s plans to place 10-percent duties on another $200 billion in Chinese goods. Starting Sept. 24, the Chinese will target U.S. lactose, infant formulas, ice cream, chocolate milk and whey proteins and isolates. The move means that nearly all U.S. dairy products exported to the country will face additional import taxes.
  • September 19, 2018

    IDFA Clarifies FDA Action on Export Certificates

    The Food and Drug Administration late last month announced a new export certification program for U.S. foods. At this time, IDFA recommends that dairy exporters continue using the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) export certificate program. “For now, continue relying on AMS to provide any certificates you need to get your products to international markets,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA senior director of international affairs. “This will ensure there are no disruptions in trade.”
  • Dave Carlin, IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy
    September 19, 2018

    IDFA Delivers Dairy Data to Virginia Ag Leaders

    Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy, this week provided leaders from Virginia’s Agribusiness Council with data on the state’s dairy industry and its economic impact on the United States. Carlin also highlighted the “Got Jobs? Dairy Creates Jobs, Exports Create More” campaign, a cross-industry communications effort launched in May by IDFA, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation.
  • John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
    September 19, 2018

    Data Analytics Help Drive Food-Safety Decisions, Continuous Improvement

    “The data age is here to stay, and we know dairy companies that don’t take advantage of it will be less successful than those that do in this highly competitive — and often volatile — market environment,” according to John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, and Rebecca Piston, chair of the Milk Industry Foundation regulatory committee and director of food safety at HP Hood LLC. In this month’s “Rules & Regs” column in Dairy Foods magazine, they explained that connecting data between departments such as sales and marketing, procurement, operations, quality assurance and sanitation is increasingly necessary for economic sustainability and regulatory compliance.
  • September 19, 2018

    Nominate Innovative Farmers, Food Safety Leaders for IDFA Awards

    IDFA is encouraging members to nominate shining examples for two of the association’s annual honors. For the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award, IDFA is partnering with Dairy Herd Management magazine to seek U.S. dairy farms that have embraced innovation and technology, as well as industry collaboration and partnerships, to achieve greater productivity and growth. For its 2019 Food Safety Leadership Award, IDFA is looking to recognize a group or organization from the association’s membership that demonstrates outstanding leadership toward enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry.
  • September 19, 2018

    In Memoriam: Carl Herbein, President and CEO of Herbein + Company, Inc.

    Carl Herbein, founder of Herbein + Company, Inc., passed away this week at the age of 71. He advised dairy companies for more than 40 years through his firm, which is an IDFA Gold Business Partner. He also made significant contributions to IDFA and its members, including leading the association’s Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop for the past 26 years. A memorial service honoring Herbein is scheduled on Oct. 4 at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa.
  • September 18, 2018

    Washington Weekly: US Demands Dairy Trade Concessions from Canada; Farm Bill Talks Continue; Lawmakers Reach Spending Agreement

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, Canada and the United States are standing firm on dairy issues in final North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks; disputes in the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee threaten farm bill passage; and Congress passes funding bills. This edition also includes a brief video message from Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, about these issues.
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