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  • May 29, 2019

    Years of Advocacy Finally Bear Fruit for Yogurt Makers

    The Trump Administration announced last week that it plans to issue a final rule to amend the standard of identity for yogurt and revoke the separate standards of identity for lowfat and nonfat yogurt. IDFA has consistently advocated for updates to the yogurt standards and for a final rule during the past decade, following the release of the proposed rule in 2009. IDFA expects FDA to issue the final rule soon this fall. “IDFA has been a vocal advocate for increasing innovation in our industry, and we have strongly supported updating regulations that will provide a path for continued growth,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president (left), worked frequently with Bruce Tharp on ice cream education efforts.
    May 29, 2019

    In Memoriam: Bruce Tharp, President, Tharp's Food Technology

    Bruce Tharp, Ph. D., president of Tharp’s Food Technology and a legend in the ice cream industry, passed away last week at the age of 89. He began his career in ice cream at an early age while working for the family business, Tharp’s Ice Cream, in Shamokin, Pa., and he ultimately achieved international recognition for his technical expertise and insight in the field. In 2006, Tharp received the International Ice Cream Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his decades of work and leadership in the industry. “He was truly a legend who had a brilliant talent for explaining technical issues in an easy-to-understand manner,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • May 22, 2019

    House FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill Includes $1M in New Funding for SNAP Milk Incentive

    The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, charged with authoring the spending bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), unveiled a fiscal year 2020 agriculture appropriations bill yesterday that would provide new funding for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) milk incentive program. The new program would allow program participants to purchase more milk with SNAP benefits. “Thanks to the work of Appropriations Committee leaders like Congressmen Mark Pocan (D-WI), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA), the bill allocated $1 million for the milk incentive program, formally called the Healthy Fluid Milk Incentives Projects program,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs.
  • Ira Wheeler is one of the many hardworking veterans recognized and employed by Chobani.
    May 22, 2019

    IDFA Member Chobani Gets Creative to Support Military Families

    “As we recognize the men and women who gave their lives in service to the country on this Memorial Day, IDFA also recognizes the many IDFA members who have put an emphasis on the importance of honoring our country’s military service members and veterans through community engagement, hiring and other efforts,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, in a column commemorating those who have served. “Our members make approximately 90 percent of the milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and dairy ingredients produced in the United States and sold throughout the world—that’s a big footprint across the country and an even bigger opportunity to make a difference. In this respect, Chobani’s work on behalf of military families is inspiring.”
  • Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15)
    May 22, 2019

    IDFA Hosts Ag Industry Fundraiser for Rep. GT Thompson

    IDFA hosted a fundraising dinner last week for Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15), a champion for food and agriculture policy and an advocate for fair legislation that affects the dairy industry. The 22 attendees and Thompson discussed current trade issues, including the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and negotiations with China, and potential Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, which provides Congress with the opportunity to consider changes to federal feeding programs, such as school meals. IDFA regularly hosts fundraising events for members of Congress who support and represent the dairy industry.
  • Carye Frye, senior vice president of regulatory affairs at IDFA, worked with IDF and the U.S. government delegation of CCFL to advocate for science-based approaches to labeling.
    May 22, 2019

    Codex Delays Problematic Work on Front-of-Package Labeling

    The 51st session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) convened 55 government delegations and 26 non-government organizations from around the world in Ottawa, Canada, last week to address several proposed changes to international labeling standards. The committee considered the development of guidelines for front-of-package labeling (FLOP) schemes, which had the potential to have a negative impact on dairy products. Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, worked with others to propose science-based guidelines that would align with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
  • 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.
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