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  • May 21, 2019

    USDA Announces Awarded Bids for Fluid Milk Purchases

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday awarded the solicitation for the procurement of nearly 4 million gallons of fluid milk under the Trade Mitigation Food Purchase and Distribution Program to 10 entities. This purchase of whole, reduced-fat (2%), lowfat (1%) and nonfat milk in gallon containers is the result of offers received in response to the bid solicitation issued by USDA on May 1. In total, 3,992,400 gallons of fluid milk with a value of $11,507,632.48 will be delivered for use at food banks across the country from July 1 through September 25, 2019.
  • May 21, 2019

    Draft Guidance Aims to Allow ‘Potassium Chloride Salt’ on Labels

    In draft guidance issued yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration informed food manufacturers of its intent to exercise enforcement discretion for labeling foods that contain potassium chloride, a substitute for salt. FDA aims to allow the term “potassium chloride salt” in the ingredient statement as an alternative to potassium chloride. According to FDA, the draft guidance and enforcement discretion could foster industry innovation and encourage manufacturers to reduce sodium levels in foods.
  • May 21, 2019

    Canada, Mexico and US Agree to Remove Tariffs

    The governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States announced a comprehensive agreement on Friday to remove the Section 232 tariffs, as well as retaliatory tariffs. The agreement also prevents future retaliatory tariffs on U.S. food and agricultural products if the United States reimposes the Section 232 tariffs due to surges in imports of specific steel and aluminum products. “We applaud the Trump Administration, as well as the governments of Mexico and Canada, for prevailing with a market-principled approach,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • May 21, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Orchards

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries like fruit farming? More than 3,825 fruit farming jobs depend on the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $162.4 million in wages and over $300.8 million in economic impact for American fruit farmers.
  • May 16, 2019

    IDFA Puts Dairy at Center of Talks on Trade, Aid and Tariffs

    Over the past week, the IDFA team in Washington, D.C., has been working hard to gather intelligence and advocate on the most critical trade issues that are top of mind for IDFA members. Here is an update on IDFA’s work in four parts: China, a new “trade aid” package, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the EU Airbus / US Boeing case.
  • (L to R) Torri Hawkin and Cortney VanOeffelen, Foremost Farms dairy farmers
    May 16, 2019

    General Mills and Foremost Farms Collaborate to Reduce GHG Emissions

    The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced the 2019 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners last week and honored Foremost Farms USA and General Mills with the award for Outstanding Supply Chain Collaboration. The companies were recognized for their efforts on a three-year pilot program that produced a combined 11% reduction in GHG emissions for 16 dairy farmers in Michigan. “IDFA is proud that our members, Foremost Farms and General Mills, participated in the pilot and demonstrated the successes that can come from sustained and targeted collaboration,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    May 16, 2019

    As Trade Tensions Escalate, China Plans More Tariffs on Dairy

    Trade tensions between the United States and China escalated last Friday as negotiations stalled, causing the United States to raise tariffs an additional 15% on $200 billion in Chinese goods. These tensions have created more uncertainty in the U.S. dairy industry, because China will likely impose another round of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, including dairy products, by June 1 unless an agreement can be reached.
  • May 16, 2019

    Members: Support USMCA by Signing Joint Letter to Congress

    IDFA is inviting every member to sign a joint letter to Congress that calls for ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With signatures from hundreds of dairy companies, as well as other food and agricultural organizations, the letter will demonstrate the powerful and unified support of the dairy industry and other segments of the U.S. food value chain for the trade pact. The deadline for signatures is May 28.
  • May 13, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Bakers

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries across the country like bakers? About 3,950 jobs in the baking industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates $158.4 million in wages and more than $510.2 million in economic impact for American bakers and bakeries.
  • May 09, 2019

    2019 NCIMS Outcomes: Advanced Food Safety, New Technologies and Inspection Efficiencies

    The 2019 National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) was held April 26 – May 1, 2019, in St. Louis, MO. The Conference attendees considered 75 proposals, with state delegates passing 39. Attendees engaged in efforts with experts from 50 IDFA member companies in cooperation with other parts of the dairy industry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulators.
  • May 08, 2019

    NCIMS Delegates Pass 39 PMO Proposals at Recent Conference

    Members of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) met last week in St. Louis, Mo., to consider 75 proposed changes to the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), which regulates all dairy plants producing Grade “A” products. The delegates passed 39 proposals, including one promoted by IDFA that seeks to reduce the inspection burden on plants producing both Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” dairy products by having only one inspection for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s Preventive Controls for Human Foods rule instead of the two separate inspections currently required for each “grade” of product.
  • May 08, 2019

    IDFA Launches NextGen Leadership Program

    IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2019-20 NextGen Leadership Program, which is designed to support, guide and prepare mid-senior level dairy industry professionals who are ready to take the next step in their leadership journey. This unique program will convene a class of 15-20 IDFA member representatives for a multi-faceted, year-long program. “To prepare for the future and retain top talent, organizations need to provide learning and professional development programs for their next generation of leadership,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “At IDFA, we are dedicated to providing resources to our members to ensure positive growth within their companies.”
  • May 08, 2019

    IDFA aligns committees with Industry Segment Boards

    IDFA continues to streamline operations while offering broader opportunities for dairy professionals to participate in association activities and help shape positions on priority issues. The association recently reconfigured its committees and working groups to provide enhanced support to the five new Industry Segment Boards. “We invite all member professionals who want to make a difference for dairy to consider joining our efforts,” said Tom Wojno, IDFA senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. “In addition to supporting advocacy initiatives, the committees offer unique opportunities for networking and discussion with industry colleagues.”
  • (L to R) David Lattan of Prairie Farms Dairy with Stephen Beam, NCIMS conference chair, at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
    May 08, 2019

    David Lattan of Prairie Farms Joins NCIMS Hall of Fame

    David Lattan, vice president of engineering for Prairie Farms Dairy, was named to the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) Hall of Fame during the group’s biennial conference earlier this month. During the past three decades, Lattan has shared his technical engineering expertise with the industry, while fostering consensus and finding solutions through his leadership roles on NCIMS councils, committees and the Executive Board. “
  • May 07, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Three New Members

    IDFA welcomes three new members to the association this month. “We are excited to welcome Stonyfield Farm, Miura America and AMAC Technologies to the IDFA family. Together, we are making a difference for dairy,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
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