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  • April 11, 2016

    Dairy Organizations Seek Congressional Support for Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    The National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association asked members of Congress in a letter today to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement while also addressing a number of critical implementation and enforcement issues that are key determinants in how the agreement is likely to work in practice. As part of this, the dairy associations urged the federal government to ensure that the other participating countries adhere to their respective commitments within the pact.
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    March 01, 2016

    IDFA Commends Senate Ag Committee for Approving National Labeling Bill for Bioengineered Products

    IDFA commended the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, especially Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), for approving legislation today that would establish national standards for labeling food made with genetically engineered ingredients. The bill, which passed by a bipartisan 14-6 vote, would prevent increased food prices for consumers and halt the costly state-by-state patchwork of labeling mandates, including one in Vermont that is scheduled to take effect July 1.
  • Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
    February 24, 2016

    Managed Trade Agreements Create Market Challenges, USDA Under Secretary Says

    Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, opened the International Sweetener Colloquium this week in Aventura, Fla., marking his fifth consecutive appearance as the event’s keynote speaker. Scuse focused on the managed trade agreements with Mexico, noting that they have created challenges, including inadequate raw sugar supplies in the U.S. cane refining sector. The event set a record for attendance, drawing nearly 500 industry professionals from 11 countries.
  • February 19, 2016

    IDFA Praises Introduction of GMO Labeling Bill and Applauds Chairman Pat Roberts for His Leadership

    The International Dairy Foods Association today praised legislation proposed by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts that would create a national uniform standard on biotechnology labeling, and called for urgent action to take up and pass the legislation. Unless Congress acts swiftly to provide a uniform standard for food labeling, food companies will be faced with hefty implementation costs, confusion across their supply chain and chaos marketing their products.
  • February 03, 2016

    Call for Nominations: 2016 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

    IDFA is accepting applications for the 12th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. “Year after year, our member companies have demonstrated their efforts to provide a safe and productive work environment for all employees, reinforcing that worker safety is a top priority in the dairy industry,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel. “We urge all dairy facilities to nominate their processing and trucking operations so IDFA and the industry can recognize and celebrate their success.”
  • Gary Vanic, 2016 NCI Laureate
    January 27, 2016

    Gary Vanic Named 2016 National Cheese Institute Laureate

    The National Cheese Institute has bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Gary Vanic, past president and CEO of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., in Hiram, Ohio. NCI Chairman Ron Dunford, who is president, Schreiber US, Schreiber Foods, Inc., presented the award to Vanic this week during a special ceremony at Dairy Forum. The NCI Laureate Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry.
  • Patricia Stroup of Nestlé USA, Inc. accepts the Soaring Eagle Award from Ron Dunford, NCI chairman
    January 27, 2016

    IDFA Honors Outgoing Officers with Soaring Eagle Awards

    IDFA presented 2016 Soaring Eagle Awards to three outgoing officers: Patricia Stroup, chief procurement officer, Nestlé North America Procurement, Nestlé USA, Inc.; Jeffrey Kaneb, executive vice president, HP Hood LLC; and Mike Wells, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc. The Soaring Eagle awards recognize the extraordinary service of leaders in the dairy industry and those who have provided exemplary leadership to IDFA, the International Ice Cream Association, the Milk Industry Foundation and the National Cheese Institute.
  • Bob Nagel, co-owner of Holsum Dairies, (right) accepts the award from Ron Dunford, NCI chairman.
    January 27, 2016

    Holsum Dairies of Hilbert, Wisconsin, Named 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Holsum Dairies of Hilbert, Wis., was named the 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during an awards ceremony this week at Dairy Forum 2016. The award, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management, recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. “Holsum Dairies earned the award because the farms demonstrate responsible land stewardship in creative ways,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO.
  • January 27, 2016

    IDFA Introduces Annual Food Safety Leadership Award

    As the rolling implementation of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act continues this year, IDFA believes that maintaining a culture of food safety across the dairy industry has never been more important. That’s why IDFA created the Food Safety Leadership Award. The award, which IDFA announced this week at Dairy Forum 2016, will honor an individual, a group or an organization for providing outstanding leadership that has made a significant contribution to improving or reinforcing the food safety of dairy products.
  • Paul Carbonneau, partner at McKinsey & Company
    January 26, 2016

    McKinsey & Company Study Shows Bold Changes Can Bring Greater Growth for Dairy

    The future is vibrant for U.S. dairy companies willing to make bold changes to pursue high-growth opportunity areas, according to new research from McKinsey & Company released at Dairy Forum 2016. In a presentation to nearly 1,000 dairy executives, McKinsey consultants outlined the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
  • January 25, 2016

    Connie Tipton, IDFA CEO and President, Bids Farewell to Dairy

    Connie Tipton, the president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and longtime voice of dairy foods companies in Washington, D.C., announced today that she will retire at the end of this year. Tipton, who has led the association since 2004, made the announcement before 1,000 dairy executives and other industry stakeholders at the annual Dairy Forum being held this week at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
  • January 25, 2016

    IDFA Transition Team Launches Search for New CEO

    The International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) board of directors has formed a transition committee that will be tasked with finding a successor to Connie Tipton, current president and CEO of IDFA, who announced today that she will retire at the end of this year after 35 years of service to the dairy industry. The committee of six executives from IDFA member companies will oversee the search process, which will include consideration of both internal and external candidates. Tipton announced her plans to retire at the annual Dairy Forum being held this week at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
  • January 20, 2016

    IDFA and NMPF Commend Senate Action on Child Nutrition Legislation

    The Senate Agriculture Committee today approved legislation to enhance the quality of nutrition in federal feeding programs, including provisions that would help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools and improve the health of America’s children. IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) praised Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for constructing child nutrition legislation that is inclusive and bipartisan.
  • Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY)
    December 01, 2015

    IDFA, NMPF Applaud Inclusion of Milk Hauling Amendment to Transportation Bill

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation praise Congress for its decision to include in a conference report a dairy-specific amendment that would benefit producers, processors and consumers. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Reps. Richard Hanna of New York and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut and championed by House Transportation Committee Conferee Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, gives states the option to issue permits allowing milk haulers to increase their truck weights beyond Interstate Highway System limits.
  • November 03, 2015

    More than 70 Leading Agriculture Organizations Call on Congress to Pass the ‘SAFE Trucking Act’

    More than 70 of the nation’s leading food and agriculture associations, including IDFA, today sent a letter urging Congress to include the Safe, Flexible and Efficient Trucking Act (SAFE) as an amendment to the highway reauthorization legislation, which is expected to go before the full House this week. “The SAFE Trucking Act would safely modernize truck shipments on Interstate highways by reducing the number of trucks needed to move our commodities and products through better utilization of existing capacity, the letter said. “On behalf of America’s food and agriculture community, we urge you to support Representative Ribble’s common-sense amendment because it is good for taxpayers, consumers, farmers, businesses, highway safety and the environment.”
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