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  • August 08, 2019

    IDFA President & CEO Michael Dykes Delivers Keynote Address to Idaho Milk Processors

    This week, IDFA’s President and CEO Michael Dykes delivered the keynote address to the Idaho Milk Processors Annual Conference. His remarks focused on how Idaho’s dairy boom is a roadmap for dairy’s growth and success across the United States.
  • August 08, 2019

    IDFA Updates Members on U.S.-China Trade Impasse

    Last week, the United States announced its plans to impose an additional 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese products coming to the U.S., starting on September 1. In response to the U.S. actions, Beijing announced this week that Chinese companies had suspended purchases of U.S. agricultural products, and that the government has not ruled out putting additional tariffs on U.S. farm goods purchased after Aug. 3.
  • August 01, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes New Members

    IDFA welcomes Hollandia Dairy, Inc. and Sigma Phase, Corp. to our membership. Hollandia Dairy produces fresh milk since the 1950’s in San Diego County. Sigma Phase, who joined as a Business Partner, is a manufacturer of single-serve ice cream machines.
  • August 01, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Spice and Extract Manufacturers

    Did you know that dairy indirectly supports unique industries across the nation, like spice and extract manufacturers? About 925 jobs in the spice and extract manufacturing industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees.
  • August 01, 2019

    Chinese Cheese Imports Expected to Reach Record High in 2020

    The USDA’s Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) report shows predictions that Chinese imports of cheese are expected to reach a record high of 119,000 metric tons in 2020, and consumption is expected to increase by $1.5 billion over the next five years
  • August 01, 2019

    Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on USMCA

    The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The committee heard from six witnesses representing a range of industries, including the Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council; and James C. Collins, CEO of Corteva Agriscience.
  • August 01, 2019

    IDFA Seeking Nominations for 2020 Food Safety Leadership Award

    IDFA is seeking nominations of individuals for its 2020 Food Safety Leadership Award to be presented during Dairy Forum 2020 at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 26-29, 2020.
  • July 24, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Food Machinery Manufacturers

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $620 billion in total – on the American economy. All told, the dairy industry creates nearly $323.4 million in economic impact and supports $85.1 million in wages for American manufacturers of food processing machinery.
  • July 24, 2019

    California Food and Ag Groups Head to Capitol Hill to Urge for Swift Passage of USMCA

    On July 24th, more than 40 farmers, ranchers, producers and growers representing various California food and agriculture products participated in a fly-in in Washington, D.C., to advocate to their members of Congress for swift passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • July 24, 2019

    IDFA Submits Letter to State and Commerce Departments on Intellectual Property

    IDFA, along with 24 organizations, submitted a letter to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to express support for robust, coordinated U.S. government effort to promote American innovation and intellectual property.
  • July 24, 2019

    USDA World Market and Trade Report Intensifies Need for U.S. Free Trade Agreements

    USDA released its biannual World Markets and Trade Report for the dairy industry on July 19, reconfirming the need for more U.S. free trade agreements, such as USMCA, between major trading partners.
  • July 24, 2019

    IDFA Supports MOU Discussion Between USDA and FDA for Increasing U.S. Dairy Exports

    IDFA submitted a letter to FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas, FDA Food Safety and Nutrition Director Susan Mayne, USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach, and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney in support of their discussion to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU would help increase dairy exports by outlining specific responsibilities of each agency to expedite the export certification process and maintain consistency within the dairy industry.
  • July 18, 2019

    Dietary Guidelines Committee Discusses Protocols, Hears Public Comment

    In its second public meeting last week, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) heard comments from the public on the content of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The DGAC also discussed protocols for reviewing scientific research and data that will be used as the basis for their recommendations. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans serve as a source of information for the public on food and nutrition. They also help health professionals and policymakers guide Americans to make healthy food and beverage choices and set science-based nutrition policy. The DGA serve as the basis for the nutrition criteria for ...
  • July 18, 2019

    IDFA Kicks Off Ice Cream Waste Research Effort

    IDFA member ice cream manufacturers and researchers from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) met at IDFA’s Washington office to kick off a collaboration that the dairy industry hopes will lead to a reduction in the amount of food waste from ice cream manufacturing.
  • July 11, 2019

    China Notifies WTO SPS Committee About Draft Dairy Standards

    Last month, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee of the issuance of four draft national standards for public comment. These standards have the potential to impact U.S. dairy exports to China. The WTO SPS Committee is tasked with monitoring the process of international harmonization and the use of international standards, guidelines and recommendations by WTO member countries. It also monitors the implementation of the WTO SPS Agreement. WTO members can raise concerns with the committee about national standards developed by other WTO members that may conflict with the SPS Agreement’s requirements. WTO member countries ...
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