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  • September 26, 2012

    Associations Welcome 2012-2013 Officers, New Board Members

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2012)</strong> During the fall board meetings held last week, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and its three constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) – elected new officers and voted on new board members.
  • September 10, 2012

    Dairy Industry Responds to Governor Schweitzer Comments on Romney Milk Fees

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. - September 10, 2012)</strong> The International Dairy Foods Association today responded to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s (D) concern that the Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney, raised milk fees. IDFA shares concerns about industry fees and cautioned that a new Farm Bill proposal, recently endorsed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, would both raise fees and increase domestic milk prices.
  • July 23, 2012

    Supply Management Would Have Already Reduced Milk Supplies Soon To Be Further Reduced By Drought Conditions

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – July 23, 2012)</strong> A proposal in the new Farm Bill headed to the House floor would have been limiting U.S. milk production since May, if it had been in effect, even as agriculture economists and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are warning that the drought throughout the country will reduce milk supply and raise consumer prices.  According to calculations set out in the bill using current USDA data, the proposed "Dairy Market Stabilization Program" (DMSP) would have been in effect starting in May and would likely still be in effect today.
  • July 10, 2012

    Dairy Producers Oppose Supply Management in Farm Bill

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, Marti Pupillo, 202-220-3535, Six Groups Co-sign Letter to House Ag Committee Leaders Asking for Changes (Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2012) The nation’s second-largest dairy cooperative has joined other producer groups in opposing the Dairy Security Act, included in the House Agriculture Committee chairman’s mark of the Farm Bill. In a letter sent yesterday to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), the groups, including California Dairies, Inc.; Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative; Dairy Policy Action Coalition; National All-Jersey, Inc.; North East Dairy Producers Association, Inc.; and Wisconsin ...
  • July 10, 2012

    Food Trade, Retailer and Restaurant Organizations Join Forces to Oppose Dairy Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, Marti Pupillo, 202-220-3535, (Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2012) Several national food trade associations, including the National Restaurant Association, the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Chain Restaurant Association, the National Grocers Association and the National Frozen Pizza Institute, have joined a long, and growing, list of organizations that have voiced their opposition to a controversial new dairy program designed to periodically limit milk production that is included in the House Agriculture Committee chairman’s version of the Farm Bill. The food processors, retailers and restaurateurs joined with consumer groups, state dairy associations ...
  • July 10, 2012

    The Truth About the Goodlatte-Scott Amendment

    Contact: Jerry Slominski, 202-531-3313 Cheryl Byrne, 978-837-0371 (Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2012) Goodlatte–Scott Offers Free Catastrophic Coverage The amendment provides margin protection for farmers when margins drop below $4 at no cost for the first 4 million pounds of production. With nearly 90 percent of all dairy farms’ production under 4 million pounds, the amendment effectively provides catastrophic coverage to the majority of farmers at no cost. Margin coverage under $4 for over 4 million pounds of production will cost only $0.03. Goodlatte–Scott Helps Balance Our Budget; Does Not Increase Costs to Taxpayers According to the Congressional Budget Office, ...
  • July 08, 2012

    IDFA Urges the House Agriculture Committee to Remove Government Limits on Milk Supply from the Chairman’s Mark of the Farm Bill

    “IDFA is disappointed that the Dairy Market Stabilization Program has been included in the House Agriculture Committee chairman’s mark of the Farm Bill. The stabilization program is designed to limit milk supplies and to periodically raise milk prices. It will reduce dairy farmers’ incomes at the same time that a new subsidized revenue insurance plan enhances their incomes. Taxpayer organizations, consumer groups, dairy food manufacturers and many dairy producers –  including the second largest dairy co-op in the country – have all spoken out against supply management programs like the DMSP."
  • June 21, 2012

    Vanilla Top Ice Cream Flavor with Americans; Frozen Yogurt Regaining Fans

    Contact:Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, Marti Pupillo, 202-220-3535, International Ice Cream Association releases survey results at annual ice cream party (Washington, D.C. – June 21, 2012) Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor, premium ice cream is the best-selling type of ice cream and frozen yogurt is resurging in popularity among Americans. These are a few of the findings from a recent survey of International Ice Cream Association (IICA) member companies, which make and distribute an estimated 85 percent of the ice cream and frozen dessert products consumed in the United States. IICA and the International Dairy Foods Association, ...
  • June 19, 2012

    IDFA Welcomes Mexico and Canada into Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, Marti Pupillo, 202-220-3535, Says Canada must reform its milk supply management system (Washington, D.C. – June 19, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association applauds the member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for inviting Mexico and Canada – the two largest U.S. dairy export destinations – to join in the current TPP talks. Both Canada and Mexico are partners with the United States in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “IDFA strongly supports Canada’s entry into the TPP because it will grant an opportunity to open trade in its restricted dairy sector, which has mostly ...
  • June 13, 2012

    Supply Management Would 'Undoubtedly' Reduce U.S. Dairy Exports

    Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, Marti Pupillo, 202-220-3535, New study says short-term impact will cause rise in prices and drop in competitiveness (Washington, D.C. – June 13, 2012) As the Senate continues to debate the Farm Bill, and the House Agriculture Committee looks to mark up its version, a new report shows that increased dairy exports have been driving over two-thirds of the growth in the U.S. dairy industry and that the available studies of the proposed supply management program in the Farm Bill predict that it will cause a reduction in exports, even with the program’s suspension clause. The report, ...
  • June 13, 2012

    Call for Nominations: 2013 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 202-220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – June 13, 2012) Nominations are now being accepted for the title of the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The winner will be honored at the 2013 Dairy Forum, January 27-30 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. The deadline for nominations is September 17, 2012, and there is no entry fee. The call asks for nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that are improving on-farm efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches. Nominees will be judged on ...
  • June 08, 2012

    NMPF and IDFA Oppose Senate Farm Bill Amendment Legalizing National Sales of Raw Milk

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, IDFA, 202-220-3508 Christopher Galen, NMPF, 703-243-6111 (Washington, D.C. – June 8, 2012) The two organizations representing America’s dairy farmers and dairy foods companies jointly announced their opposition today to a proposal in the Senate that would allow the interstate sales of raw milk. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill, No. 2180, that would allow the direct sale of raw milk and raw milk products across state lines, “greatly enhancing the chances that people will become sick because of increased consumption of unpasteurized milk,” the two groups said in a letter sent to ...
  • June 05, 2012

    Taxpayer Groups Urge Congress to Oppose Dairy Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, (202) 220-3508, Say Farm Policy Should Be 'on a Path Paved by Free Market Principles' (Washington, D.C. – June 05, 2012) Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union have sent a joint letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to “oppose any form of supply management in the 2012 Farm Bill.” The taxpayer groups had previously teamed up on this issue during the failed supercommittee effort last fall. “On behalf of the millions of taxpayers represented by our organizations, we urge you to oppose ...
  • May 07, 2012

    International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO to Co-Locate in 2013

    Contact: Andy Drennan, FPSA, 703-663-1201, adrennan@fpsa.orgRobin Cornelison, IDFA, 202-220-3542, (McLean, Va. – May 7, 2012) The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that they have signed an agreement to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show in Chicago, beginning in 2013. The two shows will take place November 3-6, 2013, bringing together over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 industry professionals in the North and South Halls of McCormick Place. Attendees will have unlimited access to both show floors and educational programs. "We are very excited to co-locate PROCESS EXPO with IDFA's ...
  • May 02, 2012

    Two Cultured Innovations Take Top Honors in Annual Dairy Products Contest

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Sponsored by TIC Gums (Washington, D.C. – May 2, 2012) Two new cultured dairy products – an apple parfait and a fruit-and-fiber yogurt – were named the most innovative dairy products this year at a recent competition judged by dairy professionals. The Most Innovative Dairy Products Competition, sponsored by TIC Gums, recognized the latest creative dairy products. The awards were presented at the International Dairy Foods Association's Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Symposium, which took place April 24-26, in Kansas City, Mo. Apple Pie Parfait Apple Pie Parfait by The YoCrunch Company was named the most ...
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