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  • April 04, 2018

    USDA Recommends California FMMO, Begins Producer Referendum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture published on Tuesday a final decision to recommend the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for California. The proposed FMMO is subject to producer approval by referendum, which opened on Tuesday, April 2, and will conclude May 5. The FMMO would become effective if it’s approved by two-thirds of the voting producers or by producers of two-thirds of the milk represented in the voting process. California represents more than 18 percent of all U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk marketing order.
  • April 04, 2018

    USDA Reopens Enrollment for Dairy Margin Protection Program

    USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday announced that the department would reopen enrollment in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). MPP-Dairy pays participating dairy farmers when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost, or the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount elected by the producer. The program terms for MPP-Dairy coverage were changed by Congress as part of the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which funds federal government operations through September 30, 2018. IDFA has expressed strong support for the MPP-Dairy program changes that were included in the funding package, including a separate provision that would eliminate the funding cap for USDA underwriting costs associated with livestock insurance products.
  • April 04, 2018

    IDFA Calls for Dietary Guidelines Committee to Review Full-Fat Dairy Research

    Officials in the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (HHS) last month asked for stakeholder input on proposed priority topics and related scientific questions that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will consider when making recommendations for the updates to the Dietary Guidelines. In comments submitted last week, IDFA urged the departments to consider research related to the role of milkfat in a healthy diet. “A growing body of emerging research has shown the role of milkfat in the diet and health is different from saturated fats from other sources,” IDFA said, adding that the number of studies on milkfat has expanded since the advisory committee’s scientific review for the 2015 guidelines.
  • April 04, 2018

    Ice Cream Tech Registrations Hit Record High; Are You Attending?

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 10-11, will bring together a record-setting number of ice cream and frozen dessert professionals in Fort Myers, Fla. This year’s packed program has attracted more than 150 registrants for deep discussions on the industry’s hottest topics, including creating disruption in the ice cream market, reducing byproduct loss in ice cream manufacturing, formulating products for new consumer demands, understanding regulations and laws affecting ice cream companies, constructing a conversation about ice cream and managing food allergens. Don’t let the competition pass you by – there’s still time to register.
  • April 04, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Oklahoma employs more than 10,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $331 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $4.58 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 32nd 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 economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO (left) with Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo.
    March 28, 2018

    IDFA Recognizes Rep. Billy Long for Efforts on CURD Act

    IDFA hosted a luncheon fundraiser for Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., last week in Washington D.C., honoring the congressman’s years of service and recognizing his recent efforts to help preserve the term “natural cheese.” Long was a lead sponsor of the Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions (CURD) Act (H.R.4828), which seeks to set a standard definition for ‘natural cheese’ within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. “Defining the term is good for the consumer and good for the industry. It maintains transparency and consistency for shoppers so that they will know what they are buying in the grocery store,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO, who attended the luncheon.
  • March 28, 2018

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Tech to Cover Formulas for Success

    When it comes to ice cream, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. That’s why many frozen dessert professionals are changing up their product formulas to respond to consumer demands for natural and nutrient-added products. IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida, will feature several sessions on how to choose ingredients for high-protein ice cream and evaluate the impact new ingredients have on ice cream structure. Additional sessions will highlight the importance of observing ice cream meltdowns in quality tests and reveal new research on ice cream fat and consumer preferences.
  • March 28, 2018

    Trump Asks to Extend TPA, Affirms Interest in Pursuing Trade in Asia

    President Donald Trump last week asked Congress to extend Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for three more years, a move that would allow new or renegotiated trade pacts to pass through Congress with an up-or-down vote and no amendments. In a letter requesting the extension, the president listed ongoing talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the potential for new trade agreements in Southeast Asia, which are two areas of significant interest for IDFA members. Several administration officials last week also affirmed the importance of pursing trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region, where demand for dairy products is rising rapidly.
  • March 28, 2018

    Chile Opens Investigation on Dairy Imports

    The Chilean government this month initiated an investigation to determine if imports of whole dry milk, non-fat dry milk and gouda cheese represent a threat to Chile’s domestic dairy industry. The United States is the largest exporter of non-fat dry milk to the country, representing 76 percent of Chile’s market share for the dairy ingredient. U.S. dairy companies exported more than $25 million worth of the non-fat dry milk last year to Chile. IDFA expects investigators to release recommended provisional measures to the president of Chile this week.
  • March 28, 2018

    UPDATE: FDA Clarifies Additional Details for Blue Cheese Sampling Assignment

    IDFA has learned from Food and Drug Administration officials that FDA will only test for Listeria monocytogenes in its new sampling assignment for blue cheeses. FDA has already started testing and is planning to collect approximately 200 samples of packaged product from retail stores as well as production and storage facilities. FDA will be testing both domestically produced and imported blue cheeses.
  • March 28, 2018

    IDFA Brings Dairy Cheer to National Nutrition Month

    It’s the last week of National Nutrition Month, and IDFA is looking back at highlights from its online celebration. IDFA shared fun facts about the nutritional benefits of dairy foods on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and participated in social media chats with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and nutrition experts. During School Breakfast Week, March 5-9, IDFA recognized the important nutrients dairy products bring to school meals. IDFA also honored the work of Michelle Matto, R.D.N., IDFA nutrition and labeling consultant, on March 14 for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.
  • March 27, 2018

    How Would Changes to the Standards of Identity Affect Dairy?

    For many dairy companies, the federal standards of sdentity can be both a help and a hinderance. These standards, which the Food and Drug Administration uses to identify distinct types of foods, can help companies define their products and offer consistency to consumers. The standards can also can prevent companies from adding innovative ingredients or changing these products to meet consumer demands. IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., will feature a session with Veronica Colas, senior associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP, on how FDA creates and enforces these standards and how dairy companies would be affected if FDA makes changes.
  • March 27, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Louisiana employs nearly 13,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $395 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $5.03 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 31st 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 economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers. See what it says about your state.
  • March 22, 2018

    House Passes Omnibus Bill, Includes Positive Provisions for Dairy

    Late Wednesday, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to support legislation that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625) contains a number of provisions that will benefit the dairy processing industry. The House passed H.R. 1625 with strong bipartisan support earlier this afternoon, and IDFA expects the Senate to approve the legislation before midnight Friday, when current government funding lapses. The president is expected to sign the bill.
  • March 22, 2018

    Dykes Joins National Ag Day Celebration with Vice President Pence, Secretary Perdue

    The administration this week celebrated American agriculture and its important contributions to the nation. Michael Dykes, D.V.M, IDFA president and CEO, joined a celebration on Tuesday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for National Agriculture Day, where Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue presented a presidential proclamation recognizing the critical role of agriculture in trade and the American economy. Dykes was also invited Tuesday to participate in a White House briefing on infrastructure and met with key congressional leaders during a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner, where President Donald Trump was the keynote speaker.
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