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  • June 27, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    With months still to go before an agriculture appropriations bill would likely be signed into law, IDFA is already working to build support with key conference negotiators for appropriations priorities that are important to members, said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in his Hill of Beans column this week. The goal: winning the pre-conference negotiations where the action is behind the scenes and pivotal to the final appropriations outcome. If all goes well, the final bill will include the $3 million from the House bill to address standards of identity and the $1.5 million from the Senate bill to conduct research on ice cream waste, he said.
  • June 27, 2018

    Global Trade Pacts Progress without US Dairy

    As the United States takes a different direction on trade policy, several countries are forging ahead with new pacts, giving preferential market access to other trade players and changing the landscape for U.S. dairy products abroad. Most recently, the European Union (EU) announced it will begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Australia and will hold trade talks with New Zealand in the future. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are also making progress on trade agreements, which will change the landscape in one of U.S. dairy’s fastest-growing export markets.
  • June 27, 2018

    IDFA’s Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party Creates Significant Online Buzz

    IDFA conducted a strategic social media campaign in May and June to build excitement and increase awareness of the Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party with members of Congress and their staffs. IDFA engaged thousands of Twitter and Facebook users and shared messages, some of which were picked up by outlets that are popular with legislative professionals and congressional staff. The efforts resulted in nearly 76,000 total views.
  • June 27, 2018

    Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with IDFA

    Members of Congress and their staffs aren’t the only ones enjoying ice cream with IDFA this summer. Through the @dairyidfa accounts on social media, IDFA will move the celebration online this Sunday for the start of National Ice Cream Month, uniting ice cream lovers around the world and encouraging all to share exciting images of their favorite dessert and the many ways that they enjoy it. The campaign is IDFA’s most popular social media celebration, reaching tens of thousands of ice cream fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • June 27, 2018

    The NEW Tax Man Cometh: Complimentary Dairy-Focused Webinar

    IDFA is working to give the dairy industry accurate information on the new tax code. “The corporate tax rate has dropped 14 percent,” said Tom Wojno, senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. “That, coupled with other changes, will have a significant impact on the entire dairy industry.” To assist, IDFA is offering a webinar at no cost to help the dairy sector better understand the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Paul Nieffer from CliftonLarsonAllen, will lead a discussion, July 10 at 2:00 p.m., on how the revised tax code impacts the dairy business. Registration is now open.
  • June 27, 2018

    IDFA Webinar to Cover New Draft Guidance on Food Defense Rule

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week released the first of three installments of a draft guidance document designed to support compliance with its intentional adulteration rule, which requires companies to implement protections against potential attacks on the food supply under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To help the dairy industry understand the guidance and comply with the rule, IDFA will hold a webinar July 12, 2-3 p.m. Eastern time at no cost to members.
  • June 27, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Two Gold Business Partners

    IDFA welcomes two new members. Joining as Gold Business Partners are Weidenhammer New Packaging, LLC, a manufacturer of bulk ice cream packaging and machinery, and CliftonLarsonAllen, a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax and consulting services for dairy clients.
  • June 27, 2018

    Latest IDFA Membership Briefing Available Online

    Members who missed the IDFA Membership Briefing on June 21 may now log in to access the recorded webinar to receive an issues update provided by IDFA’s subject matter experts. IDFA members are invited to participate in the briefing three times a year to hear a deeper dive on issues of importance to the dairy industry. The next membership briefing will be held on November 1 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
  • June 27, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at West Virginia

    The dairy products industry in West Virginia employs more than 4,300 skilled individuals, generates more than $133 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.63 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 42nd 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℠.
  • June 20, 2018

    China, US Dairy’s Third-Largest Export Market, to Add Tariffs on Imports

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday released plans to impose tariffs on two lists of Chinese products. One list will be subject to a 25-percent tariff beginning July 6 which includes dairy machinery. The second is a proposed list that does not include dairy products. In retaliation, the Chinese government will impose an additional 25-percent tariff on various imports of milk, cream, yogurt, whey, butter and cheese products beginning July 6. The United States exported more than $577 million worth of dairy to China last year.
  • June 20, 2018

    IDFA, NMPF Invite FDA Officials to Discuss Pilot Program for Inspections

    IDFA is continuing to facilitate an open dialogue with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials who will soon introduce a pilot program to streamline inspections for plants that make both Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” dairy products. IDFA and others in the dairy industry support FDA’s plan to best use government resources and conduct these inspections during one visit, while maintaining high standards of food safety. Most recently, IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) offered to host FDA officials in a face-to-face meeting with stakeholders to discuss ways to develop a successful program.
  • June 20, 2018

    Label Footnotes about Added Sugars Would Aid Consumers, IDFA Tells FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering allowing certain cranberry products to feature educational footnotes on their labels to disclose more information on the role of added sugars. In comments submitted to FDA last week, IDFA supported expanding this option to flavored and sweetened dairy products, noting that this would increase consumer understanding of the role added sugars play in dairy foods and could help encourage consumption of healthy dairy products.
  • June 20, 2018

    How Will the New Tax Law Affect Dairy?

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was one of the largest tax code overhauls in 30 years and substantially altered many corporate Internal Revenue Service provisions. To help dairy companies understand how this will affect their operations, IDFA and Paul Neiffer, top agriculture CPA for CliftonLarsonAllen, will host a free webinar July 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Neiffer will discuss the effects and impacts of the new tax law for both large corporations and small businesses, as well as additional changes to existing rules related to certain business expenses.
  • June 20, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Montana

    The dairy products industry in Montana employs nearly 3,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $120 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.63 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 41st 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℠.
  • June 15, 2018

    ​FDA Proposes New Sources of Dietary Fiber for Nutrition Facts Label

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued guidance and a science review that named eight additional non-digestible carbohydrates (NDCs) that meet the new definition of "dietary fiber" established in the Nutrition Facts label final rule. While the rulemaking regarding additional fibers is pending, FDA will exercise enforcement discretion for food manufacturers that opt to count these ingredients when calculating the total amount of fiber per serving to declare on the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels.
 
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