making a difference for dairy
Be Heard

Regulatory RoundUP

Get Involved

Advocacy: Dairy Counts

Join the Discussion

Dairy Forum


Headline News

  • February 21, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    It isn’t uncommon for major pieces of legislation to be followed by “technical corrections” that are passed as part of another piece of legislation or in a technical corrections bill, explained Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in this week’s “Hill of Beans” column. One such adjustment is necessary for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which passed last year with a provision, Section 199A, that gives cooperatives an unintended market advantage over other types of businesses. Working with policymakers, IDFA is seeking a solution for all members that would create a level playing field while restoring the benefits of the original Section 199 to coops, Eberhard said.
  •  (L to R) Beth Hughes, IDFA: Ted McKinney, undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs; Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA; and John Allan, IDFA.
    February 21, 2018

    IDFA Discusses Dairy Priorities with USDA’s Top Trade Official

    IDFA continues to work with the Trump administration to expand trade opportunities for dairy and seek more market access abroad. Staff members met Friday with Ted McKinney, the undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to discuss the critical trade actions the industry needs for growth. The IDFA team outlined the importance of modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, protecting common food names and collaborating with the U.S. Codex Office now under McKinney.
  • February 21, 2018

    Commerce Proposes Penalties on Imported Aluminum and Steel

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last week said the country’s reliance on imports of steel and aluminum rather than domestic production poses a threat to national security. To “address the problem of steel imports” and boost domestic steel production, Ross provided President Donald Trump with several potential remedies, including imposing tariffs and quotas on countries that export steel and aluminum to the United States. Such penalties could limit resources, posing significant risk to IDFA members that rely on steel or aluminum imports for manufacturing equipment or packaging.
  • Cary Frye, senior vice president of regulatory affairs, leads IDFA's regulatory team and hosts the annual Ice Cream Technology Conference.
    February 21, 2018

    Ice Cream Tech’s Interactive Sessions to Answer Regulatory Questions

    This past year has brought many proposed and final changes to food regulations. What will these changes mean for ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers? IDFA invites professionals in ice cream and frozen dessert technology to bring their specific questions to IDFA's regulatory experts at the Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida. John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, and Michelle Matto, R.D.N., principal, AM Food & Nutrition and consultant to IDFA, will offer their insights on many regulatory topics.
  • February 21, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Four New Members

    IDFA welcomes one new dairy company member and three new Business Partners. Beyond Better Foods, LLC, the creator of Enlightened Ice Cream, joined the International Ice Cream Association. The new Business Partners are Plastic Industries, Inc., a producer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles for the food industry; Rodelle Inc., a vanilla extract manufacturer; and U.S. Water, a provider of solutions for challenging water, energy and compliance problems.
  • February 14, 2018

    IDFA Asks DoD to Align Military Meals with FDA Requirements

    The Defense Logistics Agency, a group under the U.S. Department of Defense that provides worldwide logistics support to the military, recently requested information regarding certain food ingredients, including trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). In comments submitted this week, IDFA encouraged the agency to align with the Food and Drug Administration’s position, which bans PHOs in the U.S. food supply but allows naturally occurring trans fats, such as those found in milk.
  • February 14, 2018

    USDA Appoints ‘Judicial Officer’ to Oversee Proposed FMMO for California

    One year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule recommending the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for California. Yesterday, USDA provided industry stakeholders with an updated process and timeline for the potential marketing order. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has decided to appoint a “judicial officer” to step into the pending California proceeding. Depending on the officer’s review and final judgement, the FMMO could be promulgated and implemented between November 2018 and February 2019 if approved by California producers.
  • February 14, 2018

    IDFA Calls for Continued Crediting of Dairy Products in Feeding Programs ​

    The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently requested feedback on the ways foods and beverages offered in federal feeding programs receive credit, which allows schools and day care centers to be reimbursed for meals and snacks that meet FNS requirements. In comments filed this week, IDFA emphasized that nutrient-rich dairy products are critical for good health and said crediting ensures that the children and adults participating in these programs will receive the nutrition they need.
  • February 14, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, tackled the president’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget in this week’s “Hill of Beans” column,” saying it’s worth paying attention to what gets included and what gets discarded. He noted that proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget will affect agricultural research and could limit the dairy industry’s opportunities to explore more ag research. At the same time, the president’s proposal to revamp the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included opportunities for USDA to provide shelf-stable milk as part of a nutritious foods package.
  • Jason Hafemeister, trade counsel to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gave the keynote speech at the International Sweetener Colloquium.
    February 14, 2018

    USDA Trade Counsel Calls Access to Asia Critical for U.S. Ag Growth

    Adopting an aggressive U.S. trade agenda in Asia is critical for U.S. agriculture’s continued growth, according to Jason Hafemeister, trade counsel to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who gave the keynote address this week at the International Sweetener Colloquium in Orlando, Florida. He also outlined the importance of the current negotiation efforts for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and their potential impact on sugar markets.
  • February 14, 2018

    Know Your Rights During an FDA Inspection

    The Food Safety Modernization Act and its corresponding regulations not only place more responsibility on food manufacturers, but they also provide the Food and Drug Administration with substantial new authority to use when inspecting facilities. In this month’s “Rules & Regs” column in Dairy Foods Magazine, two IDFA FSMA experts discuss the limits of FDA’s authority, especially regarding records access and photography.
  • February 14, 2018

    Anuga FoodTec 2018 Welcomes IDFA Members with VIP Buyer Program

    The next Anuga FoodTec trade fair will be held March 20-23, 2018, in Cologne, Germany, and Koelnmesse GmbH, IDFA’s trade show partner, invites IDFA members to attend through the new VIP Buyer Program. Nearly 1,700 suppliers from more than 50 countries will present innovative technologies for the entire food and beverage production chain, and more than 45,000 visitors are expected to attend. Held every three years, Anuga FoodTec is the only global trade fair that covers all aspects of food production, including processing, filling and packaging technology; packaging materials; ingredients; food safety; and a host of innovations.
  • February 07, 2018

    House Ag Committee Hearing Highlights Key Dairy Issues

    “The House Agriculture Committee hearing on the state of the rural economy this week spoke to the significance and complexity of the agriculture sector, and specific attention was paid to dairy,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in his latest Hill of Beans column. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue testified before the committee, covering issues important to IDFA members including school milk, market access, a legal workforce for dairy and risk management.
  • February 07, 2018

    IDFA Applauds Progress on Doud’s USTR Nomination; Calls for Strong US Trade Team

    IDFA applauded Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for releasing his hold on the nomination of Gregg Doud as the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). “We need a strong voice for agriculture and hope the Senate will move forward on his confirmation quickly,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. IDFA also joined 77 other trade associations, organizations and companies in sending in a letter to all senators, calling for the confirmation of Doud and two additional nominees for key trade positions within USTR.
  • February 07, 2018

    Senators Urge President Trump to Preserve NAFTA

    Nearly 40 senators last week urged President Donald Trump to preserve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), stressing its benefits to the U.S. economy and the even greater economic success a modernized agreement would bring. They emphasized the gains made under the agreement, especially in manufacturing and agriculture, noting that U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have quadrupled under NAFTA and reached $38.1 billion in 2016.
Dairy Delivers