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  • May 08, 2019

    IDFA Launches NextGen Leadership Program

    IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2019-20 NextGen Leadership Program, which is designed to support, guide and prepare mid-senior level dairy industry professionals who are ready to take the next step in their leadership journey. This unique program will convene a class of 15-20 IDFA member representatives for a multi-faceted, year-long program. “To prepare for the future and retain top talent, organizations need to provide learning and professional development programs for their next generation of leadership,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “At IDFA, we are dedicated to providing resources to our members to ensure positive growth within their companies.”
  • May 08, 2019

    IDFA aligns committees with Industry Segment Boards

    IDFA continues to streamline operations while offering broader opportunities for dairy professionals to participate in association activities and help shape positions on priority issues. The association recently reconfigured its committees and working groups to provide enhanced support to the five new Industry Segment Boards. “We invite all member professionals who want to make a difference for dairy to consider joining our efforts,” said Tom Wojno, IDFA senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. “In addition to supporting advocacy initiatives, the committees offer unique opportunities for networking and discussion with industry colleagues.”
  • (L to R) David Lattan of Prairie Farms Dairy with Stephen Beam, NCIMS conference chair, at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
    May 08, 2019

    David Lattan of Prairie Farms Joins NCIMS Hall of Fame

    David Lattan, vice president of engineering for Prairie Farms Dairy, was named to the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) Hall of Fame during the group’s biennial conference earlier this month. During the past three decades, Lattan has shared his technical engineering expertise with the industry, while fostering consensus and finding solutions through his leadership roles on NCIMS councils, committees and the Executive Board. “
  • May 07, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Three New Members

    IDFA welcomes three new members to the association this month. “We are excited to welcome Stonyfield Farm, Miura America and AMAC Technologies to the IDFA family. Together, we are making a difference for dairy,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • May 07, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Railroads

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports the railroad industry? Nearly 4,600 jobs at railroad companies depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates almost $572.0 million in wages and nearly $1.89 billion in economic impact for American railroad operators.
  • May 03, 2019

    IDFA CEO Talks Trade with RFD-TV

  • May 02, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Printers

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries across the nation, like printing? More than 6,470 jobs in the printing industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees, including more than 3,860 jobs for making containers and labels used in a wide range of dairy products. All told, the dairy industry creates $344.1 million in wages and almost $1.1 billion in economic impact for American printers.
  • May 01, 2019

    FDA Announces Plans to Develop New Blueprint for ‘Smarter Food Safety’

    FDA officials on Tuesday announced plans to augment the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) with new initiatives that will use emerging technologies to speed the tracking and tracing of food through the supply chain. As a start, FDA intends to develop a “Blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety” that will cover traceability, digital technologies and evolving food business models, such as e-commerce, while addressing potential risks in the food supply. Although no timetable was given, the officials said FDA will hold a public meeting later this year to seek stakeholder input, learn what others are doing to enhance food safety and share the agency’s strategic ideas and initiatives.
  • April 30, 2019

    IDFA Applauds USTR’s Strong Statements on Common Food Names

    In a move with implications for U.S. cheese producers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently released its annual Special 301 Report on the state of intellectual property (IP) rights around the world. The report highlighted the “negative market access effects of the approach of the European Union (EU) to the protection of geographical indications (GIs) in the EU and third-country markets on U.S. producers and traders, particularly those with prior trademark rights or who rely on the use of common names.”
  • April 30, 2019

    Urgent: Trade pacts needed now, Dykes Says

    The U.S. International Trade Commission recently reported that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would increase U.S. dairy exports by more than $277 million. “With this good news in hand, we’ve stepped up our advocacy efforts, calling for swift passage of the USMCA by Congress,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, in his April column for Cheese Market News.
  • Andrei Mikhalevsky, CEO of California Dairies Inc. (far left), testifies on importance of trade to  U.S. dairy industry.
    April 30, 2019

    Trade Is Key to Dairy’s Future, California Dairies CEO Tells Congress

    The House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing Tuesday to review the state of the dairy economy. Andrei Mikhalevsky, CEO of California Dairies Inc. and an officer of IDFA’s executive council, testified on the importance of free and equitable trade to the health of the U.S. dairy industry and the American economy. He was one of five witnesses invited to present. “Andrei spoke for our IDFA members when he laid out a clear case to Congress on the importance of securing free, fair trade deals like USMCA to level the playing field for American dairy producers and processors,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M. (center), president and CEO of IDFA, discusses the economy and trade with Senator John Thune (R-SD) (left) and Doug Wilke, CEO of Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.
    April 25, 2019

    IDFA Fly-Out to South Dakota Focused on Expanding Trade and Sustaining Dairy’s Economic Growth

    IDFA president and CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M., joined Senator John Thune, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman, and Senator Mike Rounds’ chief of staff Mark Johnston, at the newly expanded Valley Queen Cheese Company in Milbank, S.D. this week for IDFA’s second Strategic Fly-Out. The event was a great success, convening dairy industry and government leaders in a roundtable discussion focused on legislative and regulatory issues impacting U.S. dairy, including pending trade agreements and negotiations, labor and immigration, and geographical indications (GIs). Senator Thune of South Dakota spent nearly two hours with the group, touring the Valley Queen Cheese facility and talking policy and legislation with the group, which included leadership from IDFA as well as from IDFA members Valley Queen, Agropur, Land O’Lakes, Saputo Cheese, and Bel Brands.
  • April 25, 2019

    IDFA urges careful analysis of FDA’s new findings on ice cream

    The Food and Drug Administration released a report on its findings from inspections and environmental sampling for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella at 89 ice cream production facilities in 32 states from Sept. 12, 2016, to Aug. 30, 2017. The sampling was designed to gain insights into the extent to which Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella may be in the manufacturing environment, and to evaluate each establishment’s ability to identify, prevent, reduce and/or eliminate microbial hazards. IDFA prepared a statement in response to the FDA’s findings, noting that they must be read and reported carefully so as not to exaggerate the sampling results.
  • April 25, 2019

    NCIMS to Debate Inspections for Preventive Controls and Yogurt Parfaits

    IDFA will help coordinate and advocate on behalf of the industry at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) biennial meeting, April 26- May 1, in St. Louis, Missouri, where delegates will consider 74 proposals to change Grade “A” plant and farm regulations in the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). One proposal seeks to provide state regulators with greater responsibility for inspecting Grade “A” plants and products for compliance with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) preventive controls rule. Another will consider whether popular and widely-produced yogurt parfait products should be required to be regulated under the PMO. READ MORE
  • April 24, 2019

    IDFA and Others Call for Improved Access to Japan

    In a letter spearheaded by IDFA, 89 food and agriculture associations and companies urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to negotiate a free trade agreement with Japan that allows improved market access and expands opportunities for U.S. exports. Lighthizer and Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met last week to begin discussing the framework for a possible agreement between the two countries, and IDFA aims to ensure that U.S. dairy and other agricultural industries remain an integral part of the discussions.
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