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  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO (pictured far left), presented testimony on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
    November 15, 2018

    U.S. Dairy Welcomes USMCA, but Mexican Tariffs and Canadian Pricing Policies Could Negate Expected Gains

    The U.S. International Trade Commission today opened a two-day hearing to investigate the likely impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the American economy, specific industry sectors and consumers. A total of 45 industry groups and stakeholders were invited to provide testimony today and tomorrow, including Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association.
  • Idaho delegation tours Sorrento Lactalis, Inc. L-R: Congressman-elect Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Kelly Johnson, Nampa plant manager at Sorrento Lactalis, Inc., Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
    November 08, 2018

    IDFA Convenes Unique Member ‘Fly-out’ in Idaho for Congressional Delegation and Local Dairy Leaders

    Building on its successful series of strategic fly-ins for members to advocate for dairy on Capitol Hill, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) yesterday hosted its first “fly-out” in Nampa, Idaho. This unique approach for sharing dairy’s opportunities and priorities with key legislators included a roundtable discussion among three members of Idaho’s congressional delegation and several dairy company executives with processing facilities in the state.
  • October 25, 2018

    IDFA Seeks Candidates for 2019 Summer Internship

    IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2019 summer internship, which will offer one undergraduate or recent graduate a firsthand view of the association’s advocacy efforts on dairy policy with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and federal officials in regulatory agencies. The selected candidate will work in Washington, D.C., to support IDFA’s regulatory and legislative activities. The internship, which is a paid position, will start in May or June and run for 10 to 12 weeks. Students with an interest in food and agriculture policy are encouraged to apply.
  • October 16, 2018

    Dairy Companies Commend USTR for Announcing Intent to Negotiate New Trade Pacts

    IDFA commended the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for announcing Tuesday that it intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union. “We’re pleased that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has taken another positive step in promoting strong trade policies for our country,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We’ll continue to call for trade actions that will place U.S. dairy companies on a level playing field with global competitors.”
  • October 01, 2018

    U.S. Dairy Organizations Thank Trump Administration for Concluding New Trade Agreement with Canada, Mexico

    IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council thanked Trump administration negotiators for concluding a trilateral trade pact that preserves dairy market access in Mexico and improves market access in Canada, while eliminating Canada’s Class 7 pricing system. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) announced Sunday night will benefit America’s dairy sector because it preserves the overall structure of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. “This new agreement will preserve our vital partnership with both countries and allow the U.S. dairy industry to seek more export opportunities,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • September 05, 2018

    Call for Nominations: 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. “After 20 years of rewarding excellence and innovation in dairy farming, we decided the 21st year would be an appropriate time to expand the scope of the award in keeping with evolving on-farm practices,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “The 2019 award will look for progressive U.S. dairy farmers who have employed new technology and welcomed industry partnerships to promote greater productivity, embrace sustainable practices, educate consumers and explore new paths to growth.” Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018, and the winner will be honored at Dairy Forum 2019.
  • August 27, 2018

    USDA Announces Funding Package to Lessen Impact of Trade Disruption and Aid Families in Need

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it has earmarked nearly $85 million in new funding to purchase pasteurized fluid milk and other dairy products as part of the nearly $12 billion allocated for U.S. farmers and food manufacturers that have been negatively affected by trade disruption this year. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) support USDA’s efforts to provide additional benefits to people across the country who don’t have regular access to nutritious milk and dairy products, while helping to alleviate some of the financial difficulties facing dairy farmers and companies that stem from lost export sales.
  • August 14, 2018

    USDA Purchases Milk to Help Combat Hunger

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will purchase, for the first time ever, $50 million in pasteurized fluid milk to benefit Americans in need who do not have regular access to milk. The milk will be distributed through food assistance programs and food banks, such as those under Feeding America – the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. The USDA is expected to purchase between 12-15 million gallons of fat free, low-fat (1 percent), reduced-fat (2 percent) and whole milk as part of this nationwide initiative.
  • August 07, 2018

    IDFA Names Seasoned Attorney Danielle Quist to Regulatory Affairs Team

    IDFA has chosen Danielle Quist to fill the position of senior director of regulatory affairs and counsel. In this role, Quist will be responsible for working with members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety, bioengineered foods labeling and sustainability issues. She also will serve as the association’s legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation. “Danielle is uniquely qualified to both advocate for dairy priorities in Washington and address specific regulatory needs of dairy companies, making her a valuable asset to the association and its members,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • August 02, 2018

    IDFA Seeks Nominations for 2019 Food Safety Leadership Award

    The dairy industry has a longstanding reputation for providing healthy, wholesome and safe dairy products. To celebrate this continued culture of food safety across the industry, IDFA is seeking nominations for its 2019 Food Safety Leadership Award. The award, now in its third year, will honor a group or organization selected from the association’s membership for demonstrating outstanding leadership toward enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry. The award alternates between honoring companies or groups in odd years and individuals in even years.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
    July 24, 2018

    Secretary Sonny Perdue Announces Trade Relief for Agriculture

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced up to $12 billion in relief to U.S. farmers and food processors as retaliatory tariffs from trading partners begin to disrupt American foreign trade activity. “As the administration advances a proactive and aggressive trade agenda, retaliatory tariffs by other countries, especially China, have impacted dairy exports. IDFA views this relief as a temporary bridge intended to alleviate some of the financial difficulties faced by the agriculture sector, including dairy, while the administration works to solidify multiple international trade deals,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • July 11, 2018

    Paul Kindstedt Receives International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing

    Paul Kindstedt, professor of food science at the University of Vermont, recently received IDFA’s Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing. The award was presented on Monday, June 25, 2018, during the awards ceremony at the American Dairy Science Association® Annual Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee. The IDFA Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing was created to recognize individuals whose research findings have allowed dairy foods processors to develop new products and to make a significant improvement in the quality, safety or processing efficiency of dairy foods.
  • July 11, 2018

    Sanjeev Anand Receives International Dairy Foods Association Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing

    The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Sanjeev Anand as the 2018 recipient of the International Dairy Foods Association Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing. The award was presented on Monday, June 25, 2018, during the awards ceremony at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • July 11, 2018

    Dairy Industry Welcomes U.S. Government Work Supporting Breastfeeding, Complementary Dairy Products for Children Around the World

    CONTACTS: Bailey Wood, IDFA: (202) 220-3540 Chris Galen, NMPF: (703) 243-6111 Luke Waring, USDEC: (703) 528-3049 (Washington, D.C. – July 11, 2018) Three national organizations representing dairy farmers and dairy foods companies said that the current and past administrations, as well as the dairy industry, strongly support long-standing recommendations stressing the importance of breastfeeding, while emphasizing the beneficial role that milk and other dairy products play in the healthy diets of young children. Recent news reports on this spring’s World Health Assembly (WHA) have mischaracterized U.S. government actions as anti-breastfeeding and harmful to the health of young children. U.S. actions at the 2018 ...
  • Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
    June 28, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Senate Passage of Farm Bill, Commends Ag Committee Leaders

    The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the farm bill this evening by a bipartisan vote of 86 to 11. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) welcomes the provisions that will allow greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations and that will extend the Dairy Forward Pricing Program to 2023.
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