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  • November 07, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Machinery Manufacturers

    The dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. As part of this support, the dairy industry contributes to unique industries across the nation, like manufacturers of food products machinery. Dairy companies, distributors and retailers also support manufacturing workers. The jobs of nearly 1,330 employees depend on dairy industry purchases of machinery and equipment. All told, the dairy industry creates more than $421.2 million in economic impact and generates $108 million in wages for American manufacturers of food processing machinery.
  • November 07, 2018

    Economic Experts to Bring Dynamic Agriculture Discussion to Sweetener Colloquium

    It’s been nearly a decade since the financial crisis and the Great Recession and the U.S. economy is regaining its strength and resilience. The U.S. agricultural economy, however, is not benefiting from the current optimistic or “bull” market, according to a panel of financial experts. Luke Chandler, chief economist at Deere & Company, Christian Lawrence, senior market strategist at Rabobank, and Randy Green, principal of Watson Green LLC, are bringing a brand-new session to the dynamic program of the upcoming International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 24-27, in Aventura, Florida. In the U.S. Economic Outlook, the panelists will provide an overview of U.S. economic prospects and offer a forecast for U.S. agricultural interests. Early registration for the event ends Nov. 16.
  • November 07, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Two Business Partners

    IDFA welcomes two new members. Joining as a Gold Business Partner is Shell Polymers, a polyethylene producer that is building a new plant in Monaca, Pa., that will make products for dairy industry applications. Joining as Business Partner is Superior Ice Cream Equipment, a company that specializes in equipment for the ice cream industry.
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
    November 07, 2018

    FDA Releases Final Guidance on Mandatory Food Recalls

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published guidance clarifying how and when it plans to use its authority to mandate a recall. In the guidance, FDA acknowledged that most companies coordinate with the agency and quickly initiate necessary food recalls. Since the Food Safety Modernization Act gave FDA this authority seven years ago, the agency has only mandated one food recall. According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., FDA issued the guidance to answer questions related to the mandatory recall that happened this past April.
  • November 01, 2018

    Trade Update: Progress on USMCA, Tariffs and Trade Aid

    IDFA continues to advocate for greater market access for U.S. dairy companies abroad. IDFA is tracking actions on trade that are positive for dairy, including the likely signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) later this month; the tariff situation with China; new bilateral talks with strong markets for U.S. dairy; and a second round of trade mitigation package payments and purchases by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • November 01, 2018

    IDFA 'Fly-Out' to Convene Idaho Dairy Leaders, Members of Congress

    IDFA continues to enhance its innovative efforts to advocate dairy industry priorities with federal lawmakers. On the heels of four successful strategic fly-ins, IDFA next week is hosting its first strategic "fly-out" in Nampa, Idaho, bringing together Idaho senators and a congressional candidate with leaders from dairy products companies with Idaho operations. These include Agropur Cooperative, Albertsons Companies, Chobani, Inc., Dean Foods Company, Reed’s Dairy, Inc. and Sorrento Lactalis, Inc. “We’re very pleased to bring Idaho’s members of Congress together with their dairy company constituents to share dairy’s impact on Idaho’s economy and discuss the policies needed to ensure dairy’s continued growth and success in Idaho,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, will host this session.
    November 01, 2018

    Dairy Forum: Women Leaders Are a Powerful Force

    Women represent nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but just a handful hold leadership positions in dairy. IDFA believes the industry can learn a lot from these trailblazing leaders and has assembled a panel of distinguished women leaders to share their stories of success at Dairy Forum 2019, Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Florida. The session, “Women Leading Forward,” will feature Miriam Erickson Brown, president and CEO, Anderson Erickson Dairy Company; Beth Ford, president and CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Marilyn Hershey, owner operator, Ar-Joy Farms LLC, and chairwoman, Dairy Management Inc.; and Patricia Stroup, global vice president and head of commodities, Nestlé S.A.
  • November 01, 2018

    Hill of Beans: Playing Injured: What Congress Can Accomplish in a ‘Lame Duck’ Session

    “Anything labeled ‘lame duck’ is usually thought of as ineffective and unproductive, but do not let the name fool you. Lame-duck sessions, held when members of Congress return to Washington after elections, can be times of rapid legislative action,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs, in his new Hill of Beans column. Eberhard took a deep dive into the history of dairy policy progress in lame-duck sessions to give members an idea of what action to expect on legislation, like the new farm bill, before a new Congress is sworn in next January.
  • November 01, 2018

    Countdown to ProFood Tech: What’s New in 2019?

    ProFood Tech, the processing trade show that showcases cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions, will take place March 26-28, 2019, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Powered by PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies; Koelnmesse, organizer of Anuga; and IDFA, ProFood Tech is the only processing event in North America that represents every segment of the food and beverage sector. At the 2019 event, IDFA will launch its Knowledge Hub program with three show-floor locations – the Impact Zone, the Innovation Zone and the Disruption Zone. Registration is now open, and IDFA encourages all dairy professionals to make plans to attend.
  • November 01, 2018

    IDFA Reports Dairy Trade Barriers to USTR

    IDFA submitted comments last Thursday to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in preparation for its 2019 National Trade Estimate Report. Published annually, the report lists the many tariff and non-tariff barriers, like protective measures and technical obstacles to trade, that U.S. companies face around the world. IDFA’s comments referenced retaliatory tariffs on dairy products in Canada and Mexico, the European Union’s attempts to restrict the use of common food names using inappropriate geographical indications, India’s de facto ban on U.S. dairy products and restrictions to trade in Indonesia and Russia.
  • November 01, 2018

    Dairy Counts: Encourage Election Day Turnout

    Dairy companies employ nearly one million Americans across the United States. Some dairy professionals have already voted in the 2018 midterm elections and many are planning to cast their ballots on Election Day, Nov. 6. IDFA encourages its member companies to take an active role in helping get employees to the polls. “By mobilizing industry professionals and encouraging them to vote, we can elect legislators who will work with the dairy industry to achieve our policy goals,” said Colin Newman, IDFA manager of legislative affairs and political programs.
  • November 01, 2018

    FDA to Propose ‘Healthy’ Term Updates in March

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that in March it will issue proposed updates to the rule governing how companies are allowed to use “healthy” as a term on food labels. In comments submitted in April of 2017, IDFA told FDA that the term “healthy” could be used in many ways and urged the agency to set criteria for a healthy claim specifically for dairy foods, taking into account the full nutrient profile and dietary contributions of dairy. IDFA asked that FDA not place a limit on total fat in specific nutrient criteria for all dairy foods, consider added sugars along with the full nutrient package they accompany and allow companies to use the “healthy” term in more general uses on labels.
  • November 01, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Pumpkin Farmers

    Pumpkins aren’t just the spooky Halloween doorstop decor on porches across America this week, they are a perfect partner of dairy – and not just in pumpkin-spiced lattes or dollops on slices of pie. According to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers®, dairy companies, distributors and retailers economically support American vegetable farmers, including pumpkin farmers, in a number of ways. Nearly 1,035 vegetable farming jobs, including those of pumpkin farmers, depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. Overall, the dairy industry helps generate $98.28 million in wages and almost $192.25 million in economic impact for American pumpkin and vegetable farmers.
  • October 25, 2018

    How Could Midterms Shape Sugar Policy? Find Out at Sweetener Colloquium

    With the midterm elections just two weeks away, political prognosticators are tracking competitive races to chart the landscape of the next Congress and what the results could mean for future policy decisions. To offer a unique perspective for sweetener users, David Wasserman, house editor and political analyst for The Cook Political Report, will share his insight at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 24-27, in Aventura, Florida. Wasserman will analyze the results, offer predictions for 2020 and discuss what the future political landscape will hold for business and the sweetener industry.
  • October 25, 2018

    IDFA Launches Trade Toolkit for Members’ Advocacy Efforts

    When IDFA and its members speak, Capitol Hill listens. Through consistent advocacy on issues that are important to the industry, such as fair and equitable trade policies and agreements, members can make a difference on legislation that affects the industry. IDFA launched the Trade Toolkit to provide members with the information, messages, templates and graphics they need to talk trade with their legislators and amplify the dairy industry’s voice in Washington, D.C. This new resource distills complex trade information into concise language that can be used in talks with government officials.
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