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  • 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 ...
  • July 11, 2019

    McKinsey Paper: The Evolving Perspectives and Strategies of Dairy Executives

    A study by McKinsey & Company in partnership with IDFA finds declining domestic dairy consumption and changing consumer preferences prompting U.S. dairy producers to move into exports and nondairy alternatives. This is an excerpt from the paper.
  • July 10, 2019

    USTR Proposes More Retaliatory Tariffs for EU Products

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) took additional steps last Friday to resolve the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute regarding the European Union’s (EU) continued use of subsidies for large civil aircraft. In a Federal Register notice, USTR proposed more retaliatory tariffs totaling $4 billion on EU products, including dairy, because the EU has yet to remove the subsidies.
  • July 10, 2019

    Leading IDF Delegation, IDFA Makes Dairy’s Voice Heard at Codex

    Trade seems to be the topic on everyone’s mind lately. But to ensure U.S. dairy products reach dining tables around the globe, you’ve got to have a seat at the Codex table. During the Codex meeting in Switzerland, IDFA was instrumental in ensuring that science-based principles remain intact and that proposed additives for use in fortified milks, which impact nutritional value, were successfully accepted by the Commission. This is an important victory for dairy due to our direct engagement.
  • July 03, 2019

    IDFA’s Michael Dykes: Trade is not a ‘nice to have’ — trade is essential

    Michael Dykes: "While 2018 delivered record exports for the dairy industry, we’re now beginning to see significant disruptions in U.S. food and agriculture trade with key trading partners. As a result, the first quarter of 2019 has been a dismal one for dairy exports. Mexico is the number one market for many American-made and -grown products. Last year, we shipped $1.4 billion of milk, cheese, whey, ice cream and other dairy items to Mexico. But as 2019 has worn on, ongoing trade disputes with Mexico have begun to take a toll, biting into U.S. exports and squeezing American jobs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its expectations for trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada, citing domestic factors and trade uncertainty. Clearly, retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and China are affecting U.S. dairy exports in a substantial way."
  • July 03, 2019

    IDFA’s Michael Dykes: Wisconsin’s dairy industry needs trade deal with Mexico, Canada

    The United States and Mexico averted a major disruption in trade a few weeks ago by reaching an agreement to help stem migration at the southern border. On behalf of America’s dairy industry: Thank goodness! Mexico is the No. 1 market for many American-made and -grown products. Last year, we shipped $1.4 billion of milk, cheese, whey, ice cream and other dairy items to Mexico. But as this year has worn on, ongoing trade disputes with Mexico have begun to take a toll, biting into U.S. exports and squeezing American jobs.
  • 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.
 
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