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  • November 29, 2017

    Got a Hot Topic for IDFA’s ‘Coolest’ Meeting? Submit Ideas for Ice Cream Tech

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference is the only meeting that focuses specifically on ice cream and frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and marketing opportunities. The conference is a unique opportunity for participants and renowned experts to share the best and brightest ideas in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. IDFA is now gauging interest in new presentations and panel discussions for the upcoming conference, April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • November 29, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes Grassland Dairy Products and Shibuya Hoppmann Corporation

    IDFA welcomes two new members this week. Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., a fourth-generation processor of butter and milk powder, joined the Milk Industry Foundation. Shibuya Hoppmann Corporation, a packaging machinery manufacturer, joined IDFA as a Business Partner. The company provides packaging and bottling systems, parts and related services.
  • Tony Eberhard, IDFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs
    November 22, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    Welcome to “Hill of Beans,” a periodic update by Tony Eberhard about the association’s work in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to advance dairy industry priorities. After working on the Hill for various members of Congress and senators since 2001, Eberhard gives IDFA readers a former Hill staffer’s take on what is going on and how it affects our priorities. “After watching this week’s Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks, I can’t help but think that the Falcons are in a similar place as Congressional Republicans as they try to pass their tax reform legislation,” he said.
  • November 20, 2017

    NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives Updated

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) amended the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiation objectives last Friday, following extensive discussion with Capitol Hill lawmakers and business leaders. The amended objectives include a call for the elimination of Canadian embargoes on U.S. dairy products.
  • November 20, 2017

    Urge President to Strengthen NAFTA, Food and Ag Groups Tell State Governments

    IDFA, along with 168 other food and agriculture groups, this week stressed to every state’s governors, agriculture commissioners and leaders of economic development that a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would be detrimental to U.S. agriculture. “Over $1 billion a year in U.S. dairy products are shipped to Mexico,” the groups said. They added that if the United States, Mexico and Canada return to pre-NAFTA tariff rates, they could “range from 20 to 60 percent on cheese and up to 45 percent for skim milk powder."
  • November 16, 2017

    What’s Feeding the US Economy? Food and Ag Production, Study Shows

    More than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors, according to a nationwide economic impact study commissioned by IDFA and 21 other trade associations. The study, released today, also shows that 28 percent of all American jobs are linked to food and agriculture. This data includes the $628.27 billion overall economic impact of dairy products produced and sold in the United States. The associations launched a new website,, that features the economic impact of the overall food and ag industry and links to interactive tools used by each of the associations.
  • John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
    November 14, 2017

    IDFA Leads Committee Meeting at World Dairy Summit

    IDFA staff members joined nearly 1,100 global dairy stakeholders from more than 50 countries in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last month to discuss dairy’s role in food security, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and the global economy at the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit. IDFA participated in IDF committee meetings held in conjunction with the summit, where members discussed several relevant topics to the U.S. dairy industry. John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, was elected to chair the IDF Standing Committee on Standards of Identity and Labeling. Allan led the committee meeting where members discussed recent outcomes from the Codex Committee on Food Labeling, which included new work on voluntary front-of-package nutrition labeling.
  • Repesentative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO (pictured right)
    November 14, 2017

    Congressman Glenn Thompson Visits IDFA

    IDFA welcomed Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) to its office in Washington, D.C., last week, honoring his years of work as an advocate for dairy as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and his recent efforts to pass legislation that would allow more milk options in schools. IDFA’s legislative team and representatives from Dean Foods Company; Land O'Lakes, Inc.; and Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative participated in the luncheon meeting.
  • November 14, 2017

    FDA Releases New Draft Guidance for Menu Labeling

    The Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance last week on its menu labeling final rule, which requires restaurants and similar retail food establishments to display calorie content and nutrition information on menu items. IDFA members may be asked by foodservice customers to provide information to help calculate the calorie content for menu items and other nutrition information that may be required.
  • Carl Herbein, President and CEO of Herbein + Company, Inc.
    November 14, 2017

    IDFA Workshop to Offer Key Insights for Dairy Financial Pros

    The world of dairy accounting extends far beyond debits and credits, according to Carl Herbein, president and CEO of Herbein + Company, Inc., who has advised dairy companies for more than 40 years and led IDFA’s Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop for the past 25 years. “To be successful, dairy accountants need to learn the vernacular and intricacies of the industry,” said Herbein, who will lead the upcoming workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Whether you are new to dairy or could use a refresher course, this hands-on learning experience will provide demonstrable value towards all you do.”
  • November 14, 2017

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

    The dairy products industry in New Jersey employs more than 28,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.21 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $4.67 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 12th 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.
  • November 08, 2017

    The Hagstrom Report: Sugar Modernization Bill Introduced, But Growers Object

    Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Danny Davis (D-IL) and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) last week introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Sugar Policy Modernization Act, legislation that they said would phase market reforms into the U.S. sugar program. According to an exclusive article from The Hagstrom Report, Foxx said in a news release that the bill would lift restrictions on the domestic production and sale of refined sugar; reduce taxpayer liability to loan forfeitures when sugar processors decide not to pay back their U.S. Department of Agriculture loans; ensure domestic demand for sugar is considered when USDA administers the sugar program; and bring market forces into the U.S. sugar market and phase out supply-management policies.
  • November 08, 2017

    IDFA Voices Dairy Industry’s NAFTA Needs in Capitol Hill Briefings

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, this week joined leaders of food and agriculture associations to brief House Agriculture Committee members and staff of Senate Agriculture Committee members on concerns regarding the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its possible impact on food and agriculture. In both briefings, Dykes said that IDFA members fully support the administration’s efforts to modernize NAFTA, but the threat of withdrawing from the agreement is creating uncertainty across the industry.
  • November 08, 2017

    What Factors Will Shape the Midterm Elections? Find Out at Dairy Forum

    Nationally-renowned political prognosticator Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, recently sat down with Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, to preview Cook’s talk at Dairy Forum 2018. Cook is set to share insights on the factors that will most likely affect the midterm elections. Dykes also asked Cook to share what he thinks dairy leaders need to know before making decisions and planning for the year ahead.
  • (L-R) Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation; Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; Tyne Morgan, host of U.S. Farm Report; Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
    November 08, 2017

    Dairy Leaders Deliver US Policy Insights at MILK Conference

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, joined leaders of other dairy organizations on a panel discussion about dairy policy this week at the MILK Business Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dykes spoke along with Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, sharing insight into how U.S. dairy will be affected by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization efforts, the farm bill and proposed immigration legislation.
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