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  • United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
    June 11, 2019

    More than 960 Food & Ag Groups Urge Congressional Ratification of USMCA

    Today, organizations representing U.S. food and agriculture including the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) called on members of Congress to swiftly ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • June 10, 2019

    Dairy Farmers, Industry to Congress: Help Us by Passing USMCA

    The U.S. dairy industry is urging Congress to quickly ratify the U.S.-Mexico- Canada Agreement (USMCA) with an outreach campaign highlighting the importance of the agreement to the success of America’s dairy farmers and manufacturers.
  • June 06, 2019

    New Economic Analysis of U.S. Dairy Industry Shows $620 Billion in Economic Impact and 3 Million+ Jobs

    In honor of National Dairy Month, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today launched an updated version of its popular economic impact tool, Dairy Delivers®, which measures the combined impact of the dairy products industry at the national, state and Congressional district levels across the United States. Updated for the first time since 2017, Dairy Delivers® is the most comprehensive and current analysis of how the production and marketing of all dairy products—milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt and cultured products, and ingredients like protein powders and whey—positively affect the U.S. economy. Data include direct and indirect measures of output, wages, jobs, state and national GDP, and contributions to taxes at the local, state and national levels.
  • June 05, 2019

    NMPF, IDFA Commend Introduction of Bipartisan School Milk Nutrition Act

    The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today offered their strong support for a bipartisan bill to codify into law current milk varieties that schools may offer and reaffirm the long-standing requirement that milk served in schools be fully consistent with the most recent version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • May 23, 2019

    IDFA Applauds New Round of Trade Mitigation Measures by USDA, Including Payments and Purchases to Benefit the Dairy Industry

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced up to $16 billion in relief to U.S. agriculture as retaliatory tariffs from trading partners continue to disrupt U.S. export activity. International Dairy Foods Association president and CEO Michael Dykes, D.V.M., commended the announcement and appealed to the Administration to continue to focus on growing food and agricultural exports for dairy and other agriculture products.
  • May 06, 2019

    68 Food and Ag Groups and Companies Urge Congress to Pass US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

    A group of 67 food and agriculture associations and companies sent a letter today to Congressional leadership and all 535 Congressional offices strongly urging lawmakers to vote to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Groups and companies from across the food and agriculture spectrum underscored that the new agreement includes important improvements that will enable food and agriculture to trade more fairly, and to expand exports of American agricultural products to Canada and Mexico, respectively. Furthermore, the letter stated, a recent analysis of the USMCA by the International Trade Commission (ITC) found the deal to be a boon for the U.S. economy, raising U.S. GDP by $68.2 billion and pumping an additional $2.2 billion, or 1.1%, into the U.S. economy through increases in agricultural and food exports.
  • May 01, 2019

    Decadent Flavor Combinations Steal the Show at Annual National Ice Cream Contest

    Bourbon, berries with brandy, chocolate mudslide, cinnamon bun and bananas dominated the pack in this year’s annual Ice Cream Technology Conference presented by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Each year, the IDFA competition brings together new and soon-to-be-released flavors from small and large U.S. ice cream makers and flavorings suppliers, and has become the top destination for companies testing bold and unique flavors. The 2019 contest was held at the St. Petersburg Resort and attracted more than 145 ice cream industry professionals and 35 flavor entries over the two-day event—including two dairy-free frozen desserts from Beyond Better Foods and Kerry that took home the top honors.
  • April 19, 2019

    IDFA to Visit South Dakota to Highlight Dairy’s Growing Impact on State Economy, Convene Leaders to Focus on Expanding Trade

    Top leadership from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) will travel to Milbank, S.D. on Wednesday, April 24, to highlight the dairy industry’s growing economic impact in the state of South Dakota and join leaders from government and business calling for passage of trade deals and agreements critical to U.S. food and agriculture interests. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the IDFA, will join Senator John Thune, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman, and professional staff for Senator Mike Rounds, at the newly expanded Valley Queen Cheese Company in Milbank. The group will convene dairy industry leaders from the Northern United States in a tour of the new Valley Queen Cheese facility, and then participate in a roundtable discussion focused on legislative and regulatory issues impacting U.S. food, including pending trade agreements and negotiations, labor and immigration, and geographical indications (GIs), among others.
  • April 18, 2019

    New ITC Report Calls U.S. Dairy a Winner in North American Trade Deal

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) hailed a new report released today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that assesses the likely impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the U.S. economy and industry sectors. The ITC report estimates that USMCA would raise U.S. GDP by $68.2 billion, pumping an additional $2.2 billion or 1.1 percent into the U.S. economy through increases in agricultural and food exports.
  • Matt Herrick
    April 01, 2019

    IDFA Names Matt Herrick to New Role as SVP, Executive and Strategic Communications

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has named Matt Herrick to the new position of senior vice president, executive and strategic communications. In this role, Herrick will be responsible for leading all of IDFA’s communications and reputation management activities, with a particular focus on promoting and extending the IDFA brand to support the growth of dairy in the United States and around the world. Herrick will also integrate a broad range of activities to position the association and its executives as thought leaders in the dairy industry and the broader food and beverage sector.
  • USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky
    February 27, 2019

    USDA Deputy Secretary Highlights US Trade Policies and Progress at International Sweetener Colloquium

    Steve Censky, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, opened the International Sweetener Colloquium on Monday with a wide-ranging discussion on U.S. trade policy, domestic sugar production and the implementation timeline for the 2018 Farm Bill. The three-day event, co-sponsored by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the Sweetener Users Association (SUA), drew more than 500 people from 13 countries to Aventura, Florida, to hear the keynote speaker and other experts discuss issues of importance to sugar users and producers.
  • February 21, 2019

    IDFA Selects Directors for Five Industry Segment Boards

    The International Dairy Foods Association today announced the names of nearly 100 dairy executives who have been selected to serve as directors on the association’s newly formed Industry Segment Boards. These boards, which will launch in March, represent fluid milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt and cultured products, and dairy-derived ingredients. The new directors will provide strategic vision, policy direction and leadership on segment-specific issues.
  • February 04, 2019

    IDFA Opens Nominations for 2019 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

    IDFA is accepting applications for the 15th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities and trucking operations for outstanding worker safety performance. IDFA will use as its award criteria both leading and lagging indicators recommended by health and safety experts as essential to an effective worker safety program. Companies must be IDFA members to enter, and the deadline is March 29.
  • January 30, 2019

    NMPF, IDFA Support Legislation Allowing Whole Milk in School Meals

    The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) welcome the introduction of legislation sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, allowing whole milk in school nutrition programs. The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019 (H.R. 832) has eight other co-sponsors, including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee.
  • Mike Reidy, senior vice president – corporate affairs of Leprino Foods Company and outgoing IDFA chairman, received the IDFA Legends in Leadership Award.
    January 24, 2019

    Mike Reidy of Leprino Foods Receives Inaugural IDFA Legends in Leadership Award ​

    Mike Reidy, senior vice president – corporate affairs of Leprino Foods Company and outgoing IDFA chairman, received a standing ovation when he accepted the inaugural IDFA Legends in Leadership Award this week at Dairy Forum. IDFA created the award to honor individuals who provide outstanding service to IDFA and the dairy industry throughout their careers.
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