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  • August 02, 2018

    Senate Passes Bill Funding Ice Cream Research and Dairy Business Innovation

    The United States Senate this week passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill with critical research funding to find beneficial uses for ice cream co-product. Ice cream processors are one step closer to finding a solution to the problem of millions of pounds of ice cream co-product that must be disposed of every year due to a lack of technologies to recover its valuable components. The Senate also voted 83 to 15 to fund a new farm bill program that IDFA supported that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish at least three regional initiatives to provide technical assistance and grants to new and existing dairy businesses to help improve profitability and spur innovation.
  • August 02, 2018

    IDFA Convenes FDA, Dairy Leaders to Discuss Expanding Technology in Cheesemaking

    IDFA this week brought together leaders from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the dairy industry to discuss updates to regulations that would allow dairy companies to use expanded filtration technologies when making standardized cheeses. “Companies need regulations that allow them to use new technologies so they can remain competitive in a global market and meet consumer demands,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs. FDA officials agreed to consider the request to modify the types of filtered-milk products that are allowed as ingredients in the cheese standards of identity.
  • August 02, 2018

    NAFTA Must Protect Common Cheese Names, Address Tariffs

    IDFA, along with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, flagging two issues important to the U.S. dairy industry that it said still need attention and resolution in the modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The groups urged the officials to call attention to geographical indications (GIs) issues and Canada’s high tariffs on U.S. dairy products. Negotiators from the United States and Mexico continue to meet this week in Washington, D.C., with the goal of reaching an agreement by August 15. Once a U.S. and Mexico agreement is reached, IDFA expects that Canada will be compelled to come to the table and a trilateral deal can be struck by the end of August.
  • August 01, 2018

    Congress Moves Farm Bill to Next Step: Conference Committee

    The House and Senate have agreed to commence conference negotiations on the 2018 Farm Bill to resolve the differences between their bills. This is the next step toward completing the bill before the current farm bill expires on September 30. The conferees represent members from the Senate and House agriculture committees, along with members from several other committees that claim jurisdiction over specific aspects of the bill. IDFA will be closely working with conferees to achieve favorable outcomes on each of the association’s priority issues.
  • August 01, 2018

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Month Celebration Reaches Thousands

    In addition to serving up scoops for thousands of partygoers on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, IDFA expanded its celebration of National Ice Cream Month online, reaching a record number of ice cream lovers across America with mentions in nearly 70 news articles and social media posts that were viewed nearly 260,000 times. “With the celebration, we’re fostering a community of passionate ice cream enthusiasts, all while highlighting the important contributions of the industry and people that make this beloved treat,” said Audra Kruse, IDFA manager of communications.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
    August 01, 2018

    Secretary Perdue Calls for Preserving Common Cheese Names, Warns Against EU Demands

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week urged global agriculture leaders to resist the European Union’s (EU) demands to place restrictions on the use of common cheese names and other food products names, according to Agri-Pulse. Speaking at a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Perdue stressed the importance of preserving common names such as asiago, gorgonzola and roquefort for all cheesemakers.
  • Michael Steep, Executive Director of the Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities
    August 01, 2018

    Dairy Forum to Delve into Disruptive Technology and Its Benefits for Dairy

    How do dairy companies change “disruptive technology” from buzzword to business plan? Michael Steep, executive director of the Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, says three steps are key: be aware of new technology, apply it to particular problems and adapt to resulting opportunities. Steep, whose career spans leadership positions in global operations at HP, Apple, IBM, Microsoft and PARC, a Xerox company, will share insights with dairy executives at Dairy Forum 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The event, scheduled for January 20-23, will examine the path forward to growth and prosperity for dairy.
  • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart
    August 01, 2018

    6 Days to 2.2 Seconds: Blockchain Makes It Happen

    Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart, used blockchain technology to reduce the time it took to trace a package of sliced mangoes from more than six days to 2.2 seconds. Next Tuesday, he’s joining IDFA to host a webinar helping dairy foods companies understand this technology and learn the consumer, production and profitability benefits of its application. The webinar, to be held August 7 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, is offered at no cost to members.
  • August 01, 2018

    Dairy Delivers®, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at the District of Columbia

    The dairy products industry in the District of Columbia employs more than 2,545 skilled individuals, generates more than $110 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $795.2 million. The state’s dairy companies ranked 49th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers ®.
  • July 31, 2018

    Washington Weekly: EU Trade Talks, Farm Bill Action and Senate Appropriations

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s new update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week, the Trump administration talks trade with the European Union (EU); the 2018 Farm Bill moves forward in the Senate; and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer talks to appropriators on Capitol Hill.
  • Cary Frye, IDFA Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
    July 26, 2018

    FDA Kicks Off Effort to Update Standards and Dairy Labeling Terms; IDFA Testifies, Urging Action

    “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking actions to facilitate food innovations that can give consumers more choices, enable better nutrition and improve labeling to reflect the healthy attributes of food,” Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said today at the agency’s Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy Public Meeting in Washington, D.C. As the FDA reviews the more than 97 federal food standards of identity for dairy and other products, Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president regulatory affairs, testified that an update is not only necessary but long overdue.
  • July 26, 2018

    IDFA Member Visit: Meijer

    IDFA traveled to Tripp City, Ohio last week to meet with Meijer executives and tour its cottage cheese, fluid milk and yogurt plant. Executives met with Mike Graham, senior vice president of supply chain and manufacturing, and Mark Sherman, vice president of manufacturing. The goal of the visit is part of a larger effort by Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, to engage the association’s members at their operations and to learn how to best support them. This was one of several trips to member operations this summer made by IDFA executives.
  • July 25, 2018

    Washington Weekly: Recess, EU Trade Truce, Rural Communities

    Washington Weekly is IDFA’s new update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. The update, which will be a standalone newsletter sent to members on Tuesdays, will provide news articles and insights from Washington, D.C., that are relevant to IDFA members. This week, members of Congress plan to pass a variety of measures before the House recesses in August; the United States and European Union make positive progress on trade; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announces additional plans to support America’s rural communities.
  • Ambassador Gregg Doud, The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Chief Agricultural Negotiator
    July 25, 2018

    IDFA Discusses Dairy Priorities with Top Trade, Economic Officials

    IDFA continues to work with the Trump administration to expand trade opportunities for dairy and seek more market access abroad. Association representatives met Tuesday with Ambassador Gregg Doud, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) chief agricultural negotiator, and representatives from the National Economic Council to discuss trade issues and regulatory obstacles the industry faces across the globe.
  • July 25, 2018

    NAFTA Talks Resume as President Trump, Mexican President-Elect Seek Progress

    High-level talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are set to resume Thursday in Washington, D.C., between negotiators from the United States and Mexico. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is not scheduled to attend the meeting, leading many to believe that a deal with Mexico will be struck first by the end of August. President Donald Trump on Monday said he and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president-elect of Mexico, are planning something “very dramatic, very positive for both countries” regarding NAFTA.
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