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  • April 25, 2018

    John Allan Elected US IDF Vice Chair

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, was elected to serve as vice chair of the U.S. National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) during the group’s spring meeting last week. Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, ended her term as U.S. IDF chair, but will continue her leadership in IDF as a member of its board of directors. U.S. IDF is one of 45 national committees representing countries that work together to provide scientific expertise for the dairy sector worldwide. As vice chair of U.S. IDF, Allan will aid in the committee’s efforts to protect and enhance the U.S. dairy industry in the global dairy sector. He will also aid in IDF’s efforts to provide science-based information to foreign governments and international organizations.
  • April 25, 2018

    What’s FDA’s Current Thinking on Listeria?

    Dairy companies and the Food and Drug Administration both place a high priority on understanding, managing and mitigating the risks of exposure to pathogens during food production. To provide an update on the latest science and FDA activity, IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., will feature insights from a former FDA official and renowned expert on Listeria science. Robert Buchanan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems at the University of Maryland, will present “Listeria and Listeriosis: Science, Risk and Policy,” covering the FDA policies and guidance that are now in place to help manage the risk of food adulteration and avoid the potential for illness.
  • Cindy Cavallo, IDFA director of membership, and Neil Moran, senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show, greet attendees at the IDFA booth.
    April 25, 2018

    IDFA Joins Thousands of Pros at Cheese Tech Expo

    IDFA staff traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last week to join around 3,500 cheese industry leaders, suppliers and marketers attending the International Cheese Technology Expo, a biennial event hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Center for Dairy Research. IDFA exhibited at the show to bring greater exposure to the IDFA brand and share more about the association’s member benefits with a broader audience. IDFA also presented awards to winners in the co-located 96th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.
  • April 25, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Nevada employs nearly 7,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $357 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.78 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 35th 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.
  • April 18, 2018

    Dykes Delivers Optimistic Outlook for Trade

    At a briefing this week for Land O’Lakes board members, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, expressed optimism about trade opportunities for dairy, especially in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “We’ve got a renewed interest in taking another look at dairy and getting dairy included in NAFTA. I think that we may see something in early May and I’m optimistic that we have a fighting chance today of being included,” Dykes said. He also thinks “that the United States will get back in TPP,” referring to the Asia-Pacific Rim agreement recently approved by 11 other countries.
  • April 18, 2018

    Rep. Rouzer Raises Canadian Pricing Provisions with President Trump

    IDFA has kept up the drumbeat on the to address Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing regime during the ongoing renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The issue became a topic of discussion during a meeting last Thursday that President Donald Trump held with cabinet officials and Republican members of Congress to discuss agricultural trade. Congressman David Rouzer, R-N.C., a member of the House Agriculture Committee who attended the meeting, posted a tweet thanking the president for committing to addressing “Canada and their very unfair Class 7 dairy program” during the discussion.
  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Call for NAFTA to Address Unfair Canadian Dairy Policies

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., this week stressed to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must include provisions to allow U.S. dairy to compete with Canada on a level playing field. In a letter to the ambassador, Schumer said NAFTA should dismantle Canada’s restrictive dairy pricing policies, known as Class 7, and called the issue a “top priority.” IDFA has worked with the senator’s staff on this issue.
  • April 18, 2018

    IDFA Hosts European Dairy Association Delegation, Discusses Key Issues

    IDFA welcomed representatives from the European Dairy Association to its office in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss the landscape of the American dairy processing sector and its biggest issues and opportunities, as well as to discuss common issues dairy industries face around the globe. “IDFA continually seeks opportunities to engage with our international dairy counterparts to work together on common issues, of which there are many,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “It was encouraging to hear the delegates support our efforts on some of our most pressing issues and to discover other ways our organizations can collaborate to better our industry.”
  • April 17, 2018

    IDFA, Members Recognize Sen. Stabenow for Years of Ag Industry Service

    IDFA joined member companies California Dairies, Inc. and the Michigan Milk Producers Association to host a dairy industry fundraiser for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The dinner honored the senator’s decades of public service and work on behalf of the agriculture industry. Stabenow, who is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will be a key decision-maker in the 2018 Farm Bill. In addition to updates on the upcoming farm bill, Sen. Stabenow took questions from attendees about the 2018 midterm elections and international trade topics such the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • April 17, 2018

    Meet FDA’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP

    Where are the eyes and ears of the Food and Drug Administration? They’re in the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), FDA’s department devoted to enforcing regulations. The office leads inspections and investigations, analyzes collected samples and reviews imported products. Dairy companies can get an inside look at this important office at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., which will feature top ORA official Michael C. Rogers, MS, assistant commissioner for human and animal food operations. He’ll give attendees more information on how the ORA operates and share FDA’s current enforcement priorities. IDFA invites members to take advantage of Regulatory RoundUP’s early registration rates, which end Friday.
  • April 17, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Vermont employs more than 4,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $162 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.92 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 34th 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. See what it says about your state.
  • April 11, 2018

    Update: USDA Holds Meeting on Proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order

    Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a public meeting Tuesday in Clovis, California regarding the proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order (CA FMMO). They explained how the CA FMMO would operate and provided affected producers with the opportunity to ask questions before they vote to adopt or reject the proposed FMMO. Ballots must be postmarked by May 5, and USDA expects to publish the result of the vote in early June.
  • Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
    April 11, 2018

    Members of Congress Urge Administration to Preserve NAFTA

    As talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ramp up, members of Congress continue to urge President Donald Trump and administration officials to remain engaged and ensure a modernized agreement will maintain and add benefits to agricultural industries, including dairy. The requests come at a time when the administration is pushing for a preliminary NAFTA agreement to be announced.
  • April 06, 2018

    IDFA Invites Members to Participate in USDA Trade Mission to Japan

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host an Agricultural Trade Mission to Osaka, Japan, June 11-15, and IDFA members are invited to participate. Japan is the fourth largest market for U.S. dairy products, representing sales of more than $290 million in 2017.The trade mission will connect U.S. agricultural participants with potential customers and allow them to take part in briefings and site visits to learn firsthand about conducting business in the country. IDFA encourages member companies interested in expanding exports to Japan to join the trade mission. The application deadline is April 13.
  • April 06, 2018

    USDA Keeps Three Key Dairy Ingredients on National List

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (NOP) this week announced that it will continue allowing the use of several ingredients in organic foods, three of which are important to the production of organic dairy products. In 2016 IDFA asked the NOP to keep cellulose, an anti-caking agent, as well as agar-agar and glucono deltalactone, thickening agents, on the National List of approved ingredients. They will remain approved until the next review in 2023. “We’re pleased that the National Organic Program has recognized that these ingredients play a necessary role in helping processors like dairy companies create desirable organic products that meet consumer expectations,” said Emily R. Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
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