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  • July 03, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for Paperboard Container Manufacturers

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $620 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries like paperboard container manufacturers? Nearly 7,800 jobs in the paperboard container manufacturing industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $627.9 million in wages and almost $3.7 billion in economic impact for American paperboard container manufacturers.
  • July 03, 2019

    Update on US-China Trade Negotiations: 'China is going to start spending money'

    U.S. and Chinese officials have begun talking again, according to news reports, to end a trade dispute that has dragged on since August 2017.
  • June 27, 2019

    IDFA Hosts Second Membership Briefing of 2019

    Nearly 200 IDFA members participated in yesterday’s Membership Briefing web conference to hear IDFA subject matter experts outline their strategies to address issues affecting the dairy industry. The full webcast is available in the Membership section of IDFA.org.
  • June 26, 2019

    Video: Why It's Important for Dairy to Raise Our Voice on Trade

    In April, IDFA leadership traveled to the newly expanded Valley Queen Cheese Company in Milbank, S.D. to highlight the dairy industry’s growing economic impact in the state alongside leaders from government and business. Watch Michael Dykes and Doug Wilke discuss the importance of trade.
  • June 26, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Hotels and Motels

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $620 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries like hotels and motels? Over 14,190 jobs in the lodging industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. About 10,926 additional jobs in the hotel and motel industry result from dairy and supplier employees staying at hotels or motels while on vacation or visiting a hotel restaurant. All told, the dairy industry creates $538 million in wages and over $1.64 billion in economic impact for the American lodging industry.
  • Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., (center) toured Galliker Dairy Company’s plant in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, last summer.
    June 26, 2019

    August Recess — the Perfect Time to Host Your Legislators

    In a few short weeks, Congress will be headed home for August recess. This summer break is an ideal time for dairy companies to organize congressional plant tours while legislators are back in their states and districts. “Conducting a plant visit for your legislators and their staff is an excellent way to build relationships,” said Colin Newman, IDFA director of political affairs and strategic programs. “These plant tours provide valuable opportunities for lawmakers to meet with their constituents, hear the success stories and challenges of dairy food manufacturers and see firsthand how policies crafted in Washington impact businesses in their state or district.”
  • June 20, 2019

    Dairy Leaders Take to Capitol Hill to Promote Trade, Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    During IDFA’s second strategic fly-in of 2019, dairy leaders met with members of Congress and senior administration officials to discuss top priority issues for the dairy processing industry. The two-day event this week focused on ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), China tariffs and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Ten IDFA members participated in the fly-in, holding meetings with more than a dozen members of Congress, senior Congressional staff and senior officials from the Trump administration. The fly-in culminated Wednesday afternoon with IDFA’s Congressional Ice Cream Social in the U.S. Capitol.
  • June 20, 2019

    IDFA Serves 1,500 Gallons of Ice Cream and Thousands of Guests at Party on Capitol Hill

    IDFA hosted the 37th annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party on Wednesday, June 19, at Union Square on Capitol Hill. With temperatures reaching the upper 80s on a beautifully sunny day, thousands of guests crowded the grounds surrounding the reflecting pool at the Capitol to enjoy dozens of varieties of ice cream from 16 IDFA member companies. In total, IDFA staff and volunteers served more than 1,500 gallons of ice cream—or nearly 50,000 scoops of ice cream, including 2,000 root beer floats.
  • June 20, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America's Amusement and Recreation Industry

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact — $620 billion in total — on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports the amusement and recreation industry? About 6,808 jobs in the recreation industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees and 5,509 additional jobs in the recreation industry result from dairy employees and supplier employees snowmobiling or canoeing. All told, the dairy industry creates $159.9 million in wages and more than $431 million in economic impact for the American amusement and recreation industry.
  • June 20, 2019

    Members Gain Insight, Question Experts on PFAS During IDFA Webinar

    Nearly 150 dairy professionals tuned in Tuesday to IDFA’s webinar for members to receive an update on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and how they are affecting or could affect the dairy industry. Members asked many questions about the potential for these man-made chemicals to be present at detectable levels in raw milk, dairy products and other foods. They were reassured to learn that, based on current knowledge and testing protocols, dairy foods are safe, and the system in place to ensure the safety and integrity of dairy foods is working as intended.
  • Edith Wilkin, vice president and fellow of food safety, Leprino Foods Company, is one of three featured presenters.
    June 20, 2019

    IDFA to offer new webinar: Pathogen Environmental Monitoring and Control – The Road to Success

    IDFA will host an important food safety webinar next month for members and others across the dairy industry on the critical need for dairy plants of all sizes to design and implement robust monitoring and control programs to find and eliminate pathogens in vulnerable food production areas. Join IDFA and leading experts in the field to discuss the legal and regulatory ramifications and the “how-to’s” of putting together an effective environmental monitoring and control program to help protect your customers and brand. IDFA will host the webinar on July 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time.
  • June 13, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Performing Arts

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $620 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports the performing arts? More than 2,630 jobs in performing arts companies depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $93.7 million in wages and over $379.1 million in economic impact for the American performing arts industry.
  • Ted McKinney, under secretary for trade and foreign affairs at USDA, stressed the importance of ratifying USMCA.
    June 13, 2019

    House Ag Hearing Focuses on Trade, Tariffs, USMCA

    The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing Wednesday on the state of U.S. agricultural products in international markets. Ted McKinney, under secretary for trade and foreign affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, provided background and answered questions from Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), subcommittee chairman, and other committee members on a variety of trade issues. The topics included the negative impact of tariffs on the dairy industry, the new trade aid package for farmers and the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA).
  • June 13, 2019

    SNAP Retailers Need Flexibility to Increase Dairy Variety, IDFA Says

    In comments filed last week, IDFA called for increased variety in the dairy products stocked by retailers that serve consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Responding to USDA’s proposed rule on SNAP, IDFA said allowing flexibility will allow more small retailers to participate and provide more locations for participants to purchase nutritious dairy foods.
  • June 13, 2019

    IDFA Supports Petition to Allow Yogurt Health Claim

    In comments submitted this week, IDFA asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow enforcement discretion on qualified health claims that link consumption of yogurt to a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. IDFA outlined the science supporting the health claim and noted that this benefit of yogurt is mentioned in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and in recommendations from the American Diabetes Association. “This accurate and important health information should be available to Americans on yogurt labels,” IDFA said.
 
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