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  • September 05, 2018

    Indonesia Revises Unfair Regulation, Reducing Trade Barrier for US Dairy

    Indonesia has revised language on its regulation that caused an unfair trade barrier for U.S. dairy exporters, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture GAIN report. The report states that Indonesia’s “Ministry of Agriculture recently further revised a regulation that had required local dairy processors and dairy product importers to form partnerships with local dairy producers. This most recent revision eliminates all language making the partnerships compulsory, deletes previously required reporting requirements, and removes all remaining sanctions associated with non-compliance.” The move is expected to help ease dairy trade to the country, where U.S. exporters shipped $133 million worth of dairy products last year.
  • September 05, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Victoria Encarnacion to Membership and Programs Team

    IDFA this week welcomed Victoria Encarnacion as coordinator of membership and programs. In her new position, Encarnacion will support IDFA’s membership and program activities, member service programs and information systems, as well as coordinate and help execute the organization’s conferences and educational offerings. “We’re thrilled to add Victoria to the team,” said Tom Wojno, IDFA senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. “As we continue to expand our membership and programming offerings, Victoria will serve as a key resource to our members.”
  • September 04, 2018

    Washington Weekly: White House Extends NAFTA Deadline with Canada, Farm Bill Conference Begins

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, U.S. and Canadian negotiators met to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); the farm bill conference committee convened; and President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, received a confirmation hearing.
  • August 30, 2018

    Adapt FMMO System to Encourage Investments, Dykes Tells Program Leaders

    Adapt FMMO System to Encourage Investments, Dykes Tells Program Leaders Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, today asked Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) market administrators to adapt the federal orders to be more flexible and dynamic to encourage greater investment in higher-value dairy products. “Making sure our current systems get the market signals right is critical to preserving our industry’s competitiveness in key export markets,” Dykes said.
  • August 29, 2018

    US-Mexico Trade Pact Would Remove Tariffs, Preserve Some Common Cheese Names

    The Trump administration announced on Monday it has secured a preliminary U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. If enacted, tariffs on agricultural products traded between the two countries would remain at zero. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative also announced that for the first time in a U.S. trade agreement, the countries have agreed to not restrict market access in Mexico for U.S. cheeses labeled with certain names.
  • August 29, 2018

    Schoep’s Ice Cream Hosts Rep. Mark Pocan for Tour, Discussion

    IDFA team members on Monday joined Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., on a tour of Schoep’s Ice Cream Co., Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin. Alan Thomsen, the company’s president and CEO, and other family members who represent the company’s third-generation of owners and operators, hosted the meeting and tour. “Congressman Pocan has been a true champion for dairy through his work to secure ice cream co-product research funding,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs. “Thanks to the hardworking team at Schoep’s, the congressman was able to engage directly with the folks making ice cream and hear why this funding can make a difference for the industry.”
  • August 28, 2018

    Washington Weekly: US and Mexico Reach Preliminary Trade Agreement, USDA Offers Trade Relief, Senate Passes Funding Bill

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, the United States and Mexico agreed to a preliminary trade agreement; the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new trade-relief funding; the Senate passed another spending bill; and Arizona candidates pause campaigns to honor Sen. John McCain.
  • August 27, 2018

    IDFA Supports Several Changes to EPA Risk Management Plan

    In comments filed last week with the Environmental Protection Agency, IDFA supported proposed changes to the agency’s 2017 Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule that would reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and address the concerns of stakeholders and emergency responders. IDFA was engaged in the prior RMP rulemaking process, raising concerns about the rule’s unnecessary burdens on the dairy industry. The rule regulates the industry’s use of certain chemicals in refrigeration systems and wastewater treatment.
  • August 22, 2018

    Rep. Glenn Thompson Tours Galliker Dairy Company

    The IDFA team on Monday joined Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-Pa.) on his visit to Galliker Dairy Company in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The congressman met with Lou Galliker, the company’s chairman and president, for a tour and thorough discussion of dairy policy issues. Topics included the importance of increasing consumption of nutritious school milk, ice cream co-product research funding and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program retail incentive to promote milk purchases.
  • August 22, 2018

    Washington Weekly: An Unusual Farm Bill Alliance and Republican Midterm Strategies

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, efforts to curtail farmers’ government subsidies in the farm bill fell short; a preliminary North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) conclusion may occur before the midterm elections; and Republicans want to use the thriving U.S. economy as their ride to victory in the midterm elections.
  • August 22, 2018

    California to Implement Prop 65 Changes Next Week

    IDFA is reminding members selling products in California that revisions to the state’s Proposition 65 regulations take effect next Thursday, August 30. In 2016, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment adopted amendments to the “clear and reasonable warning” requirements under Prop 65, making significant changes to how these warnings must be written and shared with consumers. With the deadline fast approaching, members can expect additional inquiries from customers regarding warning labels.
  • August 22, 2018

    FDA Releases New Guidance on Food Facility Registration

    The Food and Drug Administration last week announced the issuance of two guidance documents to help owners and operators of food facilities meet their registration requirements under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. As a reminder to IDFA members, the 2018 biennial registration renewal period begins October 1 and concludes December 31.
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    August 22, 2018

    Dairy Forum 2019 to Examine Ways to Attract Top Dairy Talent

    Finding and retaining a highly productive and driven team is one of the dairy industry’s most significant challenges today. With unemployment at record lows, the competition for the top talent is high. The 2019 Dairy Forum will give executives key insights on how to compete for the “best of the best” and win out. One session, “The Future Dairy Workforce,” will offer strategies on how to attract the top people and how to best mitigate staffing disruptions caused by automation and innovation. A panel of experts will give leaders the tools to future-proof their teams to keep the industry on a path of growth and to keep moving dairy forward. Registration is now open for Dairy Forum 2019, held January 20-23 in Orlando, Florida.
  • August 22, 2018

    Dairy Delivers®, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at the Milk and Yogurt Products Industry

    For the last year, IDFA has demonstrated how dairy contributes to the economies of U.S. states. This week, the association highlights the milk and yogurt products industry, which in the United States, directly employs more than 84,000 skilled individuals, generates nearly $6.5 billion in direct wages and has an economic impact of $68.2 billion, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers®. See how more dairy foods manufacturers are contributing to the economic vitality of American communities.
  • August 15, 2018

    US-Mexico NAFTA Talks Resume, Trilateral Agreement Still Far Off

    The United States and Mexico have resumed talks this week to try to find solutions to the outstanding bilateral issues within the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canada has not been party to these recent talks. Movement on U.S.-Mexico issues remains slow. Yet even once there is consensus, the United States will still have to find solutions to address the U.S. and Canadian differences. President Trump has repeatedly called for the end of Canada’s protectionist -dairy policies. As such, Class 7 pricing in Canada will likely be at the center of the discussion when the United States and Canada eventually meet.
 
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