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  • May 02, 2018

    Coalition Applauds USTR’s Strong Statements on Common Food Names

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently released its annual Special 301 Report on the state of intellectual property (IP) rights around the world. This year’s report highlighted the EU’s aggressive agenda regarding GIs as a major concern for the United States, “especially because of the significant extent to which it undermines the scope of trademarks and other IP rights held by U.S. producers, and imposes barriers on market access for American-made goods and services that rely on the use of common names, such as parmesan or feta.”
  • April 30, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Nebraska employs nearly 6,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $189 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.75 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 34th 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℠.
  • April 25, 2018

    Senators Push Ag Secretary to Advocate for Dairy Solutions in NAFTA

    During a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Tuesday with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, several committee members expressed concern with Canada’s Class 7 milk pricing regime and its harmful effects on the U.S. dairy industry. Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., stressed the need for U.S. companies to have a level playing field with Canada and asked if Perdue would advocate for dairy issues in trade talks. Perdue said he had been a principal participant in administration trade talks on a weekly basis since last fall, and he would continue to advocate for dairy to be included in negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • April 25, 2018

    EU to Gain Dairy Market Access in Revised Pact with Mexico

    The European Union and Mexico announced late last week that they reached an agreement in principle to update their 18-year-old bilateral trade agreement. The new deal would remove duties for all agricultural goods, offer protections for some EU cheese names and create Mexican tariff-rate quotas for EU milk powder and cheese. While EU negotiators said the agreement secures protections for 340 geographical indications, a full list of affected products has not been released. IDFA expects the final text to be completed by the year’s end.
  • April 25, 2018

    John Allan Elected US IDF Vice Chair

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, was elected to serve as vice chair of the U.S. National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) during the group’s spring meeting last week. Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, ended her term as U.S. IDF chair, but will continue her leadership in IDF as a member of its board of directors. U.S. IDF is one of 45 national committees representing countries that work together to provide scientific expertise for the dairy sector worldwide. As vice chair of U.S. IDF, Allan will aid in the committee’s efforts to protect and enhance the U.S. dairy industry in the global dairy sector. He will also aid in IDF’s efforts to provide science-based information to foreign governments and international organizations.
  • April 25, 2018

    What’s FDA’s Current Thinking on Listeria?

    Dairy companies and the Food and Drug Administration both place a high priority on understanding, managing and mitigating the risks of exposure to pathogens during food production. To provide an update on the latest science and FDA activity, IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., will feature insights from a former FDA official and renowned expert on Listeria science. Robert Buchanan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems at the University of Maryland, will present “Listeria and Listeriosis: Science, Risk and Policy,” covering the FDA policies and guidance that are now in place to help manage the risk of food adulteration and avoid the potential for illness.
  • Cindy Cavallo, IDFA director of membership, and Neil Moran, senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show, greet attendees at the IDFA booth.
    April 25, 2018

    IDFA Joins Thousands of Pros at Cheese Tech Expo

    IDFA staff traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last week to join around 3,500 cheese industry leaders, suppliers and marketers attending the International Cheese Technology Expo, a biennial event hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and the Center for Dairy Research. IDFA exhibited at the show to bring greater exposure to the IDFA brand and share more about the association’s member benefits with a broader audience. IDFA also presented awards to winners in the co-located 96th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.
  • April 25, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Nevada employs nearly 7,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $357 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $3.78 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 33rd 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.
  • April 18, 2018

    Dykes Delivers Optimistic Outlook for Trade

    At a briefing this week for Land O’Lakes board members, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, expressed optimism about trade opportunities for dairy, especially in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “We’ve got a renewed interest in taking another look at dairy and getting dairy included in NAFTA. I think that we may see something in early May and I’m optimistic that we have a fighting chance today of being included,” Dykes said. He also thinks “that the United States will get back in TPP,” referring to the Asia-Pacific Rim agreement recently approved by 11 other countries.
  • 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.
 
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