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  • June 27, 2018

    The NEW Tax Man Cometh: Complimentary Dairy-Focused Webinar

    IDFA is working to give the dairy industry accurate information on the new tax code. “The corporate tax rate has dropped 14 percent,” said Tom Wojno, senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. “That, coupled with other changes, will have a significant impact on the entire dairy industry.” To assist, IDFA is offering a webinar at no cost to help the dairy sector better understand the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Paul Nieffer from CliftonLarsonAllen, will lead a discussion, July 10 at 2:00 p.m., on how the revised tax code impacts the dairy business. Registration is now open.
  • June 27, 2018

    IDFA Webinar to Cover New Draft Guidance on Food Defense Rule

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week released the first of three installments of a draft guidance document designed to support compliance with its intentional adulteration rule, which requires companies to implement protections against potential attacks on the food supply under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To help the dairy industry understand the guidance and comply with the rule, IDFA will hold a webinar July 12, 2-3 p.m. Eastern time at no cost to members.
  • June 27, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Two Gold Business Partners

    IDFA welcomes two new members. Joining as Gold Business Partners are Weidenhammer New Packaging, LLC, a manufacturer of bulk ice cream packaging and machinery, and CliftonLarsonAllen, a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax and consulting services for dairy clients.
  • June 27, 2018

    Latest IDFA Membership Briefing Available Online

    Members who missed the IDFA Membership Briefing on June 21 may now log in to access the recorded webinar to receive an issues update provided by IDFA’s subject matter experts. IDFA members are invited to participate in the briefing three times a year to hear a deeper dive on issues of importance to the dairy industry. The next membership briefing will be held on November 1 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
  • June 27, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at West Virginia

    The dairy products industry in West Virginia employs more than 4,300 skilled individuals, generates more than $133 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.63 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 44th 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℠.
  • June 20, 2018

    China, US Dairy’s Third-Largest Export Market, to Add Tariffs on Imports

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday released plans to impose tariffs on two lists of Chinese products. One list will be subject to a 25-percent tariff beginning July 6 which includes dairy machinery. The second is a proposed list that does not include dairy products. In retaliation, the Chinese government will impose an additional 25-percent tariff on various imports of milk, cream, yogurt, whey, butter and cheese products beginning July 6. The United States exported more than $577 million worth of dairy to China last year.
  • June 20, 2018

    IDFA, NMPF Invite FDA Officials to Discuss Pilot Program for Inspections

    IDFA is continuing to facilitate an open dialogue with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials who will soon introduce a pilot program to streamline inspections for plants that make both Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” dairy products. IDFA and others in the dairy industry support FDA’s plan to best use government resources and conduct these inspections during one visit, while maintaining high standards of food safety. Most recently, IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) offered to host FDA officials in a face-to-face meeting with stakeholders to discuss ways to develop a successful program.
  • June 20, 2018

    Label Footnotes about Added Sugars Would Aid Consumers, IDFA Tells FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering allowing certain cranberry products to feature educational footnotes on their labels to disclose more information on the role of added sugars. In comments submitted to FDA last week, IDFA supported expanding this option to flavored and sweetened dairy products, noting that this would increase consumer understanding of the role added sugars play in dairy foods and could help encourage consumption of healthy dairy products.
  • June 20, 2018

    How Will the New Tax Law Affect Dairy?

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was one of the largest tax code overhauls in 30 years and substantially altered many corporate Internal Revenue Service provisions. To help dairy companies understand how this will affect their operations, IDFA and Paul Neiffer, top agriculture CPA for CliftonLarsonAllen, will host a free webinar July 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Neiffer will discuss the effects and impacts of the new tax law for both large corporations and small businesses, as well as additional changes to existing rules related to certain business expenses.
  • June 20, 2018

    Dairy Delivers℠, IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Montana

    The dairy products industry in Montana employs nearly 3,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $120 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $1.63 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 43rd 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℠.
  • June 15, 2018

    ​FDA Proposes New Sources of Dietary Fiber for Nutrition Facts Label

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued guidance and a science review that named eight additional non-digestible carbohydrates (NDCs) that meet the new definition of "dietary fiber" established in the Nutrition Facts label final rule. While the rulemaking regarding additional fibers is pending, FDA will exercise enforcement discretion for food manufacturers that opt to count these ingredients when calculating the total amount of fiber per serving to declare on the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels.
  • President Donald Trump shared tweets singling out Canada’s high tariffs on dairy imports from the United States.
    June 13, 2018

    President Trump Calls Attention to Barriers US Dairy Faces in Canada

    Dairy took centerstage during President Donald Trump’s visit to a Group of Seven (G7) Summit last weekend in Quebec, Canada. From Thursday to Sunday the president shared a string of tweets singling out Canada’s 270 percent tariffs on dairy imports from the United States, saying the measures hurt American farmers and agriculture. The tweets swung the spotlight onto the difficulties American dairy companies face with one of the United States’ biggest trading partners and protectionist dairy policies, a conversation IDFA has continually elevated with the president, administration officials and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiators.
  • June 13, 2018

    California Producers Pass Referendum to Form FMMO

    California dairy producers voted last week to establish a new Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) for the state. The vote was the penultimate step in a long process that will culminate with the new order taking effect on November 1, 2018. The order will adopt the same dairy product classification and pricing provisions currently used throughout the FMMO system. California accounts for more than 18 percent of U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk marketing order administered by the California Department of Agriculture. Once this new FMMO takes effect, over 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply will fall under the FMMO regulatory framework.
  • June 13, 2018

    IDFA Asks USTR to Note Trade Barriers in India, Indonesia

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) currently is considering India's and Indonesia’s eligibility under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which eliminates U.S. duties on thousands of products for 120 countries and territories. In comments submitted last week, IDFA asked the USTR to review when considering their participation in the GSP program and whether to provide opportunities for them to export more dairy products into the United States.
  • June 13, 2018

    New Trade Pacts Threaten US Dairy Market Access in Mexico

    As Mexico enters new trade agreements, dairy processors in the European Union (EU) and Asia-Pacific countries will gain more footing in Mexico’s dairy market, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) GAIN report. These shifts will primarily involve Mexico’s imports of cheese and milk powder, an area currently dominated by the United States.
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