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  • July 25, 2018

    Washington Weekly: Recess, EU Trade Truce, Rural Communities

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s new update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. The update, which will be a standalone newsletter sent to members on Tuesdays, will provide news articles and insights from Washington, D.C., that are relevant to IDFA members. This week, members of Congress plan to pass a variety of measures before the House recesses in August; the United States and European Union make positive progress on trade; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announces additional plans to support America’s rural communities.
  • Ambassador Gregg Doud, The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Chief Agricultural Negotiator
    July 25, 2018

    IDFA Discusses Dairy Priorities with Top Trade, Economic Officials

    IDFA continues to work with the Trump administration to expand trade opportunities for dairy and seek more market access abroad. Association representatives met Tuesday with Ambassador Gregg Doud, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) chief agricultural negotiator, and representatives from the National Economic Council to discuss trade issues and regulatory obstacles the industry faces across the globe.
  • July 25, 2018

    NAFTA Talks Resume as President Trump, Mexican President-Elect Seek Progress

    High-level talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are set to resume Thursday in Washington, D.C., between negotiators from the United States and Mexico. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is not scheduled to attend the meeting, leading many to believe that a deal with Mexico will be struck first by the end of August. President Donald Trump on Monday said he and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president-elect of Mexico, are planning something “very dramatic, very positive for both countries” regarding NAFTA.
  • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart
    July 25, 2018

    Apply Blockchain to Dairy with Help from a Walmart Expert

    Kroger, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart are just a few of the major food companies and retailers that have incorporated blockchain technology, a digital ledger of transactions, to increase transparency and enhance food safety along their supply chain. On August 7, IDFA is providing dairy companies with the opportunity to hear directly from blockchain pioneer Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president for food safety. He’ll provide insights on how the dairy industry can apply this tool. The association will host a webinar at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time (no cost to members).
  • Ken Schmidt, Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Former Director of Communications Strategy
    July 25, 2018

    Dairy Forum 2019: How Will Dairy Compete? Learn Brand Strategies from Harley Davidson

    Ken Schmidt, Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s former director of communications strategy, was first tasked with restoring the motorcycle maker’s image in 1985. Today, the company is considered one of most iconic examples of consumer and brand loyalty and Schmidt is widely regarded as a brand visionary. He’s now slated to share his strategies for success at IDFA’s Dairy Forum 2019, held January 20-23 in Orlando, Florida, which will examine the path forward to growth and prosperity for dairy.
  • July 25, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Delaware

    The dairy products industry in Delaware employs more than 2,840 skilled individuals, generates more than $88 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.06 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 48th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers℠.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, (left) shares a scoop with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky.
    July 19, 2018

    USDA Ice Cream Party a Sweet Success

    IDFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today celebrated National Ice Cream Day, which was July 15, by highlighting the frozen dairy industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy and tasting some of the nation’s finest ice creams. 20 IDFA-member companies generously provided a broad array of ice cream flavors for a party at the department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, opened the celebration by thanking Agriculture Deputy Secretary Steve Censky for the department’s ongoing support of the dairy industry on several key issues, including increasing opportunities for trade, expanding milk options for children through the School Lunch Program and working to modernize the fluid milk pricing formula.
  • July 18, 2018

    Administration Asks WTO to Intervene in Tariff Trade Off

    The Trump administration this week challenged retaliatory tariffs imposed by five U.S. trading partners by filing a dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The move is latest escalation in trade tensions between the United States and countries with important markets for dairy, which began when America imposed steel and aluminum tariffs in April. In the cases, U.S. trade officials said that retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey on American goods are not in line with WTO rules.
  • July 18, 2018

    FDA to Issue New Guidance on Use of the Term “Milk”

    Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said that the agency plans to issue new guidance related to use of the term “milk” for marketing and labeling of non-dairy products such as soy, rice, coconut and almond products. The guidance would provide clarity on how the standard of identity for milk applies to non-dairy foods, according to POLITICO, a Washington, D.C., policy publication. “There will be people who make a counter argument that almond milk should be able to call itself milk, but we do have a standard of identity and I do intend to enforce that,” Commissioner Gottlieb said, speaking to audience members attending a POLITICO event in Washington.
  • July 18, 2018

    FDA Could Soon Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering creating food safety and labeling rules for animal tissue produced through cell-culture technology, an emerging technology allowing companies to create animal food products without animals. The association recently attended the agency’s first public meeting on foods produced using this technology, which focused on food safety regulations. IDFA is closely monitoring these developments because of the food safety and labeling implications for dairy foods made with similar technology.
  • July 18, 2018

    Washington Weekly: NAFTA, Farm Bill and Political Prognostications

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s new periodic update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States shares his optimism for progress on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); members of Congress look to make progress on the 2018 Farm Bill; and political handicappers analyze the Supreme Court nominee.
  • July 18, 2018

    Enhance Food Safety Skillset at Dairy Lab Course

    IDFA and Chestnut Labs are hosting the “Microbiological Testing: A Hands-on Food Safety Course,” Nov. 6-8 in Springfield, Missouri, to help dairy plant professionals learn the latest in good laboratory practices and develop skills to build a strong food safety program for their companies. Designed for quality assurance staff, lab personnel, microbiology technicians and other food safety professionals, the course will show attendees how to identify, test for and mitigate microorganisms in a dairy manufacturing environment.
  • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart
    July 17, 2018

    Is Blockchain Dairy’s Future? Hear from Walmart Food Safety VP

    What’s blockchain? It’s what America’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is now using to trace its offerings from farm-to-shelf, improving food safety and traceability in a matter of seconds. A webinar coming August 7 to IDFA’s Knowledge Center will feature Walmart’s Vice President for Food Safety, Frank Yiannas, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on applying blockchain to food production and sales. He’ll help dairy foods companies understand the technology and learn the consumer, production and profitability benefits of its application. The webinar will be hosted at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and is offered at no cost to members.
  • July 17, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Rhode Island

    The dairy products industry in Rhode Island employs more than 3,300 skilled individuals, generates more than $106 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.12 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 47th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers℠.
  • July 11, 2018

    IDFA Unveils Dairy Forum 2019 Theme: Dairy Forward

    IDFA launched this week a new Dairy Forum 2019 website complete with agenda highlights, featured speakers and the program theme: Dairy Forward. Dairy leaders and teams are invited to register for the industry’s premier event, January 20-23 in Orlando, Florida, and make plans now to learn new paths to excellence and success. “Dairy Forum is the industry’s premier event, bringing together dairy leaders to set the agenda for the year ahead,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We’re excited to unveil this year’s powerful program of high-caliber speakers and a wide range of leading experts to advance the industry on the path forward to growth and prosperity.”
 
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