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  • 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.
  • June 28, 2018

    IDFA and Wells Enterprises Host FDA Officials to Demonstrate Best Production Practices for Ensuring Safety of Ice Cream ​

    A team of officials representing key departments of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) visited Wells Enterprises, Inc., and two of its facilities in LeMars, Iowa, this week to see firsthand the company’s manufacturing practices for consistently ensuring food safety, quality and allergen protection during the production process. The visit, arranged jointly by IDFA and Wells, was designed to help inform the agency’s ongoing efforts to update its Frozen Dessert Processing Guidelines and make certain that any new recommendations align with good manufacturing practices and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • June 26, 2018

    American Farmers and Cheese Makers Ask President Trump to Suspend Tariffs on Mexican Products As NAFTA Talks Continue

    More than 60 companies and organizations representing American dairy farmers and cheese makers commended President Donald Trump today for his efforts on equitable trade and for insisting that Canada halt its market-distorting dairy practices. At the same time, the companies urged the administration to reconsider its imposition of new tariffs on Mexico in light of that country’s constructive engagement in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and the harm that Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. dairy’s trade with its largest and most reliable market.
  • House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas
    June 21, 2018

    House Farm Bill Improves Risk Management for Dairy Pricing, Adds Incentive to Boost Milk Consumption

    IDFA commended the House of Representatives for approving a farm bill that would allow greater access to risk management tools for dairy foods companies and farmers to address price fluctuations. The bill also would improve the safety net for dairy farmers, provide retail incentives under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to promote milk purchases for healthier diets and require the government to finalize a rule that would allow schools to serve low-fat flavored milk.
  • IDFA endorsed a proposal from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, that would encourage SNAP participants to buy more milk and gain essential nutrients that many Americans are missing in their diets.
    June 13, 2018

    Senate Farm Bill Improves Risk Management for Dairy Pricing, Adds Plan to Boost Milk Consumption

    IDFA commended the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill, with a 20-to-1 bipartisan vote, that allows for greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations. The legislation also extends the Dairy Forward Pricing Program to 2023, improves the safety net for dairy farmers and creates a new milk incentive program within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve participants’ diets by increasing fluid milk consumption.
  • May 31, 2018

    Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations Receive Worker Safety Awards

    IDFA has recognized more than 50 dairy company operations for their outstanding achievements in worker safety. Each operation or plant will receive the IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award, a program that has highlighted workplace safety in U.S. dairy companies for 15 years. “Safety is the dairy industry’s No. 1 priority,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Dairy companies continually go above and beyond to provide a safe and productive work environment. These member companies are shining examples of how to implement innovative and proactive approaches to workplace safety and achieve great results.”
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