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  • August 22, 2018

    Rep. Glenn Thompson Tours Galliker Dairy Company

    The IDFA team on Monday joined Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-Pa.) on his visit to Galliker Dairy Company in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The congressman met with Lou Galliker, the company’s chairman and president, for a tour and thorough discussion of dairy policy issues. Topics included the importance of increasing consumption of nutritious school milk, ice cream co-product research funding and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program retail incentive to promote milk purchases.
  • August 22, 2018

    Washington Weekly: An Unusual Farm Bill Alliance and Republican Midterm Strategies

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, efforts to curtail farmers’ government subsidies in the farm bill fell short; a preliminary North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) conclusion may occur before the midterm elections; and Republicans want to use the thriving U.S. economy as their ride to victory in the midterm elections.
  • August 22, 2018

    California to Implement Prop 65 Changes Next Week

    IDFA is reminding members selling products in California that revisions to the state’s Proposition 65 regulations take effect next Thursday, August 30. In 2016, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment adopted amendments to the “clear and reasonable warning” requirements under Prop 65, making significant changes to how these warnings must be written and shared with consumers. With the deadline fast approaching, members can expect additional inquiries from customers regarding warning labels.
  • August 22, 2018

    FDA Releases New Guidance on Food Facility Registration

    The Food and Drug Administration last week announced the issuance of two guidance documents to help owners and operators of food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. As a reminder to IDFA members, the 2018 biennial registration renewal period begins October 1 and concludes December 31.
  • Julie Kanak, Managing Director Diversified Search and panel moderator
    August 22, 2018

    Dairy Forum 2019 to Examine Ways to Attract Top Dairy Talent

    Finding and retaining a highly productive and driven team is one of the dairy industry’s most significant challenges today. With unemployment at record lows, the competition for the top talent is high. The 2019 Dairy Forum will give executives key insights on how to compete for the “best of the best” and win out. One session, “The Future Dairy Workforce,” will offer strategies on how to attract the top people and how to best mitigate staffing disruptions caused by automation and innovation. A panel of experts will give leaders the tools to future-proof their teams to keep the industry on a path of growth and to keep moving dairy forward. Registration is now open for Dairy Forum 2019, held January 20-23 in Orlando, Florida.
  • August 22, 2018

    Dairy Delivers®, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at the Milk and Yogurt Products Industry

    For the last year, IDFA has demonstrated how dairy contributes to the economies of U.S. states. This week, the association highlights the milk and yogurt products industry, which in the United States, directly employs more than 84,000 skilled individuals, generates nearly $6.5 billion in direct wages and has an economic impact of $68.2 billion, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers®. See how more dairy foods manufacturers are contributing to the economic vitality of American communities.
  • August 15, 2018

    US-Mexico NAFTA Talks Resume, Trilateral Agreement Still Far Off

    The United States and Mexico have resumed talks this week to try to find solutions to the outstanding bilateral issues within the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canada has not been party to these recent talks. Movement on U.S.-Mexico issues remains slow. Yet even once there is consensus, the United States will still have to find solutions to address the U.S. and Canadian differences. President Trump has repeatedly called for the end of Canada’s protectionist -dairy policies. As such, Class 7 pricing in Canada will likely be at the center of the discussion when the United States and Canada eventually meet.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    August 15, 2018

    Dykes to Address Biennial Meeting of FMMO Administrators

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, has been invited to address Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) market administrators and dairy policy staff on August 30 in Breckenridge, Colorado. The Agricultural Marketing Service has asked Dykes to provide input on how the FMMO program might be adjusted, within the confines of the statute, to improve program operations in light of changing marketplace conditions.
  • Tony Eberhard, IDFA Vice President of Legislative Affairs
    August 15, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    “As a former Hill staffer, I am accustomed to August being used to travel to the home district or state to learn and listen. At IDFA, we too, are going ‘back home’ to better understand what’s important to our members and key members of Congress,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in his latest column. Last week he visited central Illinois to meet with Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and visit Tate & Lyle Custom Ingredients L.L.C.
  • August 15, 2018

    Washington Weekly: USDA Purchases Milk, IRS Proposes Tax Deductions for Farms and Supreme Court Nominee Hearings Set

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s new update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $50 million fluid milk purchase to feed the hungry, U.S. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue announced more reorganization efforts; farms and how the new tax deductions will affect them; and the United States Senate prepares for the confirmation hearing of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety at Walmart
    August 15, 2018

    Blockchain: Tracking the Future Webinar

    With blockchain’s growing importance in food production and safety, IDFA offered a webinar last week focused on the intricacies of this technology. Blockchain is essentially an electronic ledger used to record transactions of everything from financial transactions to food production timelines on a digital platform. Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety at Walmart, presented the logistics behind blockchain, stressing the importance of food transparency and traceability for today’s consumer.
  • August 15, 2018

    Dairy Delivers®, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Alaska

    The dairy products industry in Alaska employs more than 1,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $57 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $121.2 million. The state’s dairy companies ranked 51st among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers ®.
  • August 08, 2018

    China Plans to Impose More Tariffs on US Dairy

    China’s finance ministry last week announced plans to impose retaliatory tariffs on nearly $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, should the Trump administration follow through on its plans to place tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods. The duties are the latest development in a series of retaliations between the two countries. The Chinese are targeting 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.
  • August 08, 2018

    Washington Weekly: China Trade Talks, July Jobs Report and Tennessee Primary Elections

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s new update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, Larry Kudlow, director of the U.S. National Economic Council, discusses the current trade war with China; the July Jobs Report is in; and the Tennessee primary races show mixed success for candidates supporting President Donald Trump.
  • August 08, 2018

    Dykes Says US Cheesemakers Need Trade Pacts to Succeed

    In an CNBC-TV Nightly Business Report last week, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, stressed that U.S. cheesemakers depend on trade agreements to compete in global markets, which contain more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers. The two-minute segment conveys that the nation’s new record amount of stockpiled cheese represents an industry that’s producing more and aiming to compete in new global markets with the right trade pacts in place.
 
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