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  • April 18, 2018

    Rep. Rouzer Raises Canadian Pricing Provisions with President Trump

    IDFA has kept up the drumbeat on the to address Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing regime during the ongoing renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The issue became a topic of discussion during a meeting last Thursday that President Donald Trump held with cabinet officials and Republican members of Congress to discuss agricultural trade. Congressman David Rouzer, R-N.C., a member of the House Agriculture Committee who attended the meeting, posted a tweet thanking the president for committing to addressing “Canada and their very unfair Class 7 dairy program” during the discussion.
  • April 18, 2018

    Senators Call for NAFTA to Address Unfair Canadian Dairy Policies

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., this week stressed to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must include provisions to allow U.S. dairy to compete with Canada on a level playing field. In a letter to the ambassador, Schumer said NAFTA should dismantle Canada’s restrictive dairy pricing policies, known as Class 7, and called the issue a “top priority.” IDFA has worked with the senator’s staff on this issue.
  • April 18, 2018

    IDFA Hosts European Dairy Association Delegation, Discusses Key Issues

    IDFA welcomed representatives from the European Dairy Association to its office in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss the landscape of the American dairy processing sector and its biggest issues and opportunities, as well as to discuss common issues dairy industries face around the globe. “IDFA continually seeks opportunities to engage with our international dairy counterparts to work together on common issues, of which there are many,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “It was encouraging to hear the delegates support our efforts on some of our most pressing issues and to discover other ways our organizations can collaborate to better our industry.”
  • April 17, 2018

    IDFA, Members Recognize Sen. Stabenow for Years of Ag Industry Service

    IDFA joined member companies California Dairies, Inc. and the Michigan Milk Producers Association to host a dairy industry fundraiser for Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The dinner honored the senator’s decades of public service and work on behalf of the agriculture industry. Stabenow, who is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will be a key decision-maker in the 2018 Farm Bill. In addition to updates on the upcoming farm bill, Sen. Stabenow took questions from attendees about the 2018 midterm elections and international trade topics such the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • April 17, 2018

    Meet FDA’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP

    Where are the eyes and ears of the Food and Drug Administration? They’re in the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), FDA’s department devoted to enforcing regulations. The office leads inspections and investigations, analyzes collected samples and reviews imported products. Dairy companies can get an inside look at this important office at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., which will feature top ORA official Michael C. Rogers, MS, assistant commissioner for human and animal food operations. He’ll give attendees more information on how the ORA operates and share FDA’s current enforcement priorities. IDFA invites members to take advantage of Regulatory RoundUP’s early registration rates, which end Friday.
  • April 17, 2018

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Vermont

    The dairy products industry in Vermont employs more than 4,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $162 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.92 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 32nd among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers. See what it says about your state.
  • April 11, 2018

    Update: USDA Holds Meeting on Proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order

    Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a public meeting Tuesday in Clovis, California regarding the proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order (CA FMMO). They explained how the CA FMMO would operate and provided affected producers with the opportunity to ask questions before they vote to adopt or reject the proposed FMMO. Ballots must be postmarked by May 5, and USDA expects to publish the result of the vote in early June.
  • Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
    April 11, 2018

    Members of Congress Urge Administration to Preserve NAFTA

    As talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ramp up, members of Congress continue to urge President Donald Trump and administration officials to remain engaged and ensure a modernized agreement will maintain and add benefits to agricultural industries, including dairy. The requests come at a time when the administration is pushing for a preliminary NAFTA agreement to be announced.
  • April 06, 2018

    IDFA Invites Members to Participate in USDA Trade Mission to Japan

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host an Agricultural Trade Mission to Osaka, Japan, June 11-15, and IDFA members are invited to participate. Japan is the fourth largest market for U.S. dairy products, representing sales of more than $290 million in 2017.The trade mission will connect U.S. agricultural participants with potential customers and allow them to take part in briefings and site visits to learn firsthand about conducting business in the country. IDFA encourages member companies interested in expanding exports to Japan to join the trade mission. The application deadline is April 13.
  • April 06, 2018

    USDA Keeps Three Key Dairy Ingredients on National List

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (NOP) this week announced that it will continue allowing the use of several ingredients in organic foods, three of which are important to the production of organic dairy products. In 2016 IDFA asked the NOP to keep cellulose, an anti-caking agent, as well as agar-agar and glucono deltalactone, thickening agents, on the National List of approved ingredients. They will remain approved until the next review in 2023. “We’re pleased that the National Organic Program has recognized that these ingredients play a necessary role in helping processors like dairy companies create desirable organic products that meet consumer expectations,” said Emily R. Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
  • April 05, 2018

    Dairy Not Included in China’s Proposed Retaliatory Tariffs

    The U.S. Trade Representative on Tuesday released its proposed list of Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods. If implemented, a 25 percent duty would be placed on 1,300 tariff lines amounting to $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. Public comments on the recommended tariffs are due May 11. The Section 301 Committee will hold a public hearing on May 15, and post-hearing comments are due May 22. China responded yesterday with its proposal to levy retaliatory tariffs of 25 percent amounting to $50 billion worth of U.S. goods including soybeans wheat, corn, cotton, sorghum, tobacco and beef. Dairy products were not included. View the GAIN report for the complete list of agriculture products included in the proposed retaliatory tariffs from China.
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
    April 04, 2018

    Gottlieb Outlines FDA Nutrition Strategy, Affirms Several IDFA Priorities

    The head of the Food and Drug Administration last week affirmed the importance of several of IDFA’s regulatory priorities when he announced a multi-year nutrition strategy plan for the agency. Speaking at the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said FDA is reexamining food standards of identity to consider marketing trends and new nutrition science, and its goal is to maintain the basic nature and nutritional integrity of food while allowing flexibility for industry innovation. He highlighted dairy standards, including the agency’s work on modernizing the yogurt standard to support innovation, and noted that cheese standards prevent some cheesemakers from innovating with sodium substitutes. “It’s clear that our priorities and concerns about the need for standards modernization have resonated with this administration,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • April 04, 2018

    SAVE THE DATE FOR DAIRY FORUM 2019: Jan. 20-23

    Dairy Forum, IDFA’s premier industrywide event, has a new date and location for 2019. Mark your calendar for Jan. 20-23, and plan to join nearly one thousand dairy executives and thought leaders for unmatched programming and networking at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Additional details will be available in the fall when IDFA will ramp up planning for the 2019 event.
  • April 04, 2018

    New USTR Report Identifies Burdens to Dairy Trade

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week issued its annual National Trade Estimate Report, outlining many tariff and non-tariff barriers, including protective measures and technical obstacles to trade, that U.S. dairy companies face around the world. In October, IDFA submitted comments to USTR highlighting difficulties related to trade that the U.S. dairy industry faces specifically in Canada, the European Union, India, Indonesia and Russia. Several of these issues were captured in the report.
  • April 04, 2018

    USDA Recommends California FMMO, Begins Producer Referendum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture published on Tuesday a final decision to recommend the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for California. The proposed FMMO is subject to producer approval by referendum, which opened on Tuesday, April 2, and will conclude May 5. The FMMO would become effective if it’s approved by two-thirds of the voting producers or by producers of two-thirds of the milk represented in the voting process. California represents more than 18 percent of all U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk marketing order.
 
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