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  • 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.
  • November 08, 2017

    Proposal to Push Nutrition Facts Deadline Helps Consumers and Companies

    IDFA told the Food and Drug Administration last week in comments that the agency’s decision to allow more time for companies to implement new Nutrition Facts label changes would help companies to provide clear information to consumers who read labels to make informed choices. The additional time also will allow companies to better coordinate their efforts and lessen the financial burden of relabeling, IDFA said. FDA last month proposed extending the compliance date for updates from July 26, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2020.
  • November 08, 2017

    Crunch Time for Congress; What’s at Stake for Dairy?

    With just weeks to go, Congress is speeding to the 2017 finish line, says Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. In his new column for Cheese Market News, he says members of Congress are accelerating progress on tax reform debates, farm bill drafts and trade negotiations, as well as working to pass a funding bill in time to avoid a government shutdown. He also shared his perspective on the policy issues that matter most to dairy and what he expects could happen before the year’s end.
  • November 08, 2017

    Organic Standards Board Supports IDFA Request on Sodium Phosphates

    National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) members have agreed to advise the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep sodium phosphates on the list of approved ingredients for organic products. Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel, attended the NOSB meeting last week in Jacksonville, Florida, and asked the members to keep sodium phosphates on the National List because they have unique processing properties that other ingredients can’t provide.
  • November 08, 2017

    FDA Issues New FSMA Guidance on Supply Chain Requirements

    The Food and Drug Administration released on Monday new guidance designed to give certain co-manufacturers more time to meet supplier approval and verification requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The guidance states that FDA does not intend to take enforcement action for two years against a co-manufacturer that is not in compliance with certain supply-chain program requirements.
  • November 08, 2017

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

    The dairy products industry in Missouri employs more than 24,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.04 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $6.78 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank 11th 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 06, 2017

    IDFA Welcomes Crowe Horwath LLP and TAWI USA, Inc. as Business Partners

    IDFA welcomes two new members this week. Joining as Business Partners are Crowe Horwath LLP, a provider of accounting, consulting and tax services to dairy companies; and TAWI USA, Inc., a company providing lifting services with crane systems, vacuum lifters, hoists and electric lifts. TAWI USA, Inc. will exhibit at ProFood Tech 2019, March 26-28 in Chicago.
  • November 06, 2017

    IDFA Workshop to Feature Milk Pricing Fundamentals

    IDFA’s annual Milk Procurement Workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the milk pricing fundamentals that every procurement professional needs in today’s marketplace. The workshop is designed to provide dairy employees with a solid understanding of how farm milk is priced both inside and outside the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. Registration for the Milk Procurement Workshop, Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is now open.
  • November 01, 2017

    FDA to Launch Pilot Program for Dairy Inspections Under FSMA

    The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will initiate a pilot program that will consolidate inspection personnel for compliance evaluations at dairy processing facilities for both non-Grade “A” and Grade “A” milk and milk products. “IDFA strongly supports FDA leveraging its milk specialists to conduct compliance evaluations of milk and milk products, regardless of whether they are Grade “A” or not, to create efficiencies in utilization of inspection personnel,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • Judith Bryans, president of International Dairy Federation (IDF), (left) welcomes Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, to the IDF board of directors.
    November 01, 2017

    Cary Frye Elected to IDF Board of Directors

    Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, was elected this week to the board of directors for the International Dairy Federation (IDF) during IDF’s World Dairy Summit in Belfast, Ireland. “I am honored to assume this position at IDF, where I can continue to contribute to the important work of the federation and represent the interests of the dairy processing industry on a global scale,” said Frye. IDF is a leading source of scientific and technical expertise for the global dairy industry, with members from 45 countries representing the majority of the world’s current milk production.
  • November 01, 2017

    Dykes Delivers US Trade Outlook at World Dairy Summit

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, addressed international dairy leaders attending the World Dairy Summit this week in Belfast, Ireland, providing an in-depth look at the shifting U.S. trade policy and what’s at stake for dairy. He stressed that the U.S. government should again embrace a proactive trade policy and focus on new bilateral free trade agreements, noting that U.S. milk production likely will continue to outpace domestic consumption at the same time that the world population is expected to add an additional 2 billion people over the next 30 years.
  • November 01, 2017

    FDA Proposes Unprecedented Revocation of Soy Health Claim

    The Food and Drug Administration this week proposed a rule to revoke a health claim for soy protein and the risk of coronary heart disease. This is the first time that the agency has proposed to revoke a health claim that was originally put into place under its "significant scientific agreement" criteria. In the announcement, FDA said numerous studies have presented inconsistent findings on the relationship between soy protein and heart disease since it adopted the health claim in 1999. “These significant scientific agreement claims are based on a longstanding consensus in the scientific community, so we don’t expect to see any other immediate changes from the agency,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • November 01, 2017

    Taylor Boone Joins IDFA Regulatory Team as Coordinator

    IDFA this month welcomed Taylor Boone to its regulatory department as coordinator of regulatory affairs. As coordinator, Boone will be responsible for helping draft comments on regulatory issues and proceedings as well as supporting efforts of IDFA’s regulatory team, led by Cary Frye, senior vice president of regulatory affairs. The other team members are John Allan, vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, and Emily Lyons, director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
 
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