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  • January 29, 2018

    Dairy Groups Support USDA Proposal Allowing More Milk Options in Schools

    Putting low-fat flavored milk back into schools will bolster the nutrition intake of America’s children, IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation said in joint comments submitted on Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2012, USDA eliminated low-fat flavored milk as an option in the school meal and a la carte programs, which resulted in students consuming 288 million fewer half-pints of milk from 2012-2015. “We appreciate USDA’s commitment to reverse declining school milk consumption by providing students with access to a variety of milk options, including the flavored milks they enjoy,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • NCI Chairman David Ahlem (left) presented the 2018 NCI Laureate Award to David Barbano, Ph.D., professor of food science at Cornell University.
    January 24, 2018

    David M. Barbano, Ph.D., of Cornell University Named 2018 National Cheese Institute Laureate

    The National Cheese Institute named David M. Barbano, Ph.D., a professor of food science at Cornell University, as the recipient of the 2018 NCI Laureate Award. NCI Chairman David Ahlem, who is president and CEO of Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., presented the award to Dr. Barbano this week during a special ceremony at Dairy Forum. Through his research, Dr. Barbano has developed and introduced many industry advancements, including new cheese manufacturing processes that are cost effective and have helped to improve product safety.
  • (L to R) Michael Dykes, IDFA president and CEO; Mike Wells, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises; Brian Kraus, director of food safety and regulatory compliance, Wells Enterprises; and John Allan, IDFA vice president.
    January 24, 2018

    IDFA Recognizes Brian Kraus of Wells Enterprises with Award for Food Safety Leadership

    Brian Kraus, director of food safety and regulatory compliance at Wells Enterprises, Inc., received IDFA’s 2018 Food Safety Leadership Award at Dairy Forum. The award honors an individual, group or organization for demonstrating outstanding leadership in enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry, and Kraus has been a driving force for excellence in food safety for more than 30 years. “Brian Kraus has devoted his career to finding the best ways for manufacturers and processors to keep food safe for consumers,” said Alan Thomsen, president and CEO of Schoep’s Ice Cream Co., Inc., and IDFA board member, who presented the award.
  • (L to R) Mike Opperman, editor, MILK Magazine and Dairy Herd Management; Lisa and Jim Harbach; and Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president.
    January 24, 2018

    Schrack Farm Resources of Loganton, Pa., Named 2018 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Schrack Farm Resources LP of Loganton, Penn., was recognized as the 2018 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year week at Dairy Forum. The award celebrates U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. “We’re pleased to honor Schrack Farm Resources because their operation effectively demonstrates that investment in environmentally friendly practices can lower costs, provide new revenue streams and offer greater efficiencies on the farm,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • December 20, 2017

    Europe Won't Own 'Parmesan' and 'Bologna' in Japan

    The Consortium for Common Food Names, of which IDFA is a founding member, welcomes the Japanese government's decision to assure the continued general use for many generic food terms as part of its trade agreement with the European Union (EU), especially highly contested terms such as "parmesan" and "romano," even as CCFN seeks further assurances on several common terms still at risk. Japan has assured continued common use for the generic cheese names brie, camembert, cheddar, edam, emmental, gouda, grana, mozzarella, parmesan, pecorino, provolone and romano.
  • December 14, 2017

    IDFA Recognizes 80 Dairy Foods Operations for Outstanding Achievements in Worker Safety

    IDFA announced today that 80 dairy company operations will receive the IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award this year for outstanding achievements in worker safety. This is the 14th year that IDFA has sponsored the program. “Winning firms have demonstrated that they are able to keep workplace safety front and center, and the large number of applications for the award process shows that safety truly matters to IDFA’s members,” said Dave Crowley, senior environmental health and safety director for HP Hood LLC and chair of IDFA’s Environmental Worker Safety Committee.
  • November 30, 2017

    Mercosur Governments Must Rebuff EU's Efforts at Economic Colonialism, Stand with Local Producers and Trade Partners to Protect Common Food Names

    Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay must protect the interests of their local food producers and respect current international standards by rebuffing European Union (EU) efforts to confiscate common food and beverage names. This was the message sent to the Mercosur nations yesterday by the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), which has been sounding the alarm this year to governments from China and Japan to Mexico - and now in South America - about the EU's recent, systematic attempts to abuse geographical indications (GIs) protections. CCFN filed its letter as part of a brief comment period provided during the course of the EU-Mercosur negotiations.
  • November 29, 2017

    Dairy Leaders Commend USDA for Expanding School Milk Options

    The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday for allowing school districts to offer low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. An interim final rule implementing the regulatory changes needed to reinstate low-fat flavored milk in schools was announced today on the Federal Register site and goes into effect for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • November 13, 2017

    IDFA Names Thomas Wojno Senior Vice President of Innovation and Member Advancement

    IDFA has named Thomas Wojno to a newly created position of senior vice president of innovation and member advancement. In this role, Wojno will be responsible for identifying and implementing innovative strategies to enhance IDFA services, expand its diverse membership and develop new opportunities for growth. “Tom joins the IDFA team at a time when our industry is going through dynamic change,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Tom’s demonstrated leadership and proven results will help ensure that IDFA will achieve its strategic vision of a strong, leading-edge organization that is positioned for the future.”
  • October 24, 2017

    Dairy Industry Applauds Introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation today applauded the introduction of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools. The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. Once enacted, the bill would make permanent the administrative changes in the school lunch program proposed earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • October 23, 2017

    EU Spoils 10-Year Anniversary of Final Codex Cheese Standards by Turning Its Back on Them: New Geographical Indication Approved for Generic Name

    In an aggressive push on geographical indications (GIs), the European Union last week tossed overboard its commitment to international standards by approving a new GI that grants Denmark sole use of the common cheese name “danbo.” Unlike other GI registrations, danbo is considered a generic name by Codex Alimentarius, a leading international standards-setting bodies, and Denmark and the EU approved the process to preserve the inclusion of danbo in the Codex cheese standards in 2007. The Consortium for Common Food Names, of which IDFA is a member, called the recent move “an alarming precedent,” noting that the EU is breaking commitments to monopolize terms and gain unfair advantage in the market.
  • October 16, 2017

    IDFA Seeks Candidates for 2018 Summer Internship

    IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2018 summer internship, which will offer one undergraduate or recent graduate a firsthand view of the association’s 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 efforts on the upcoming farm bill, the school lunch program, trade policy and the bioengineered food disclosure standard, among other issues of interest to dairy products companies.
  • October 13, 2017

    CCFN Urges Mexico and Japan to Reject EU Attempts to Confiscate Generic Meat, Cheese, Wine Names on EU Geographical Indications Lists

    The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) this week insisted that Mexico and Japan protect the interests of its consumers and producers, and maintain a competitive marketplace, by striking several generic names from the lists of geographical indications (GIs) for which the European Union is seeking approval in trade negotiations. CCFN also pursued clarification on how some terms will be protected within the EU's agreement with the two nations, in order to safeguard the food's common name.
  • October 06, 2017

    ​ EAGL Coalition Commends Congressional Action Towards Ensuring Accountability at International Institutions

    IDFA today joined with the EAGL Coalition to applaud the introduction of the Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2017, an important first step to ensuring greater accountability at international organizations. The act, sponsored by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE), requires the U.S. government to conduct an analysis of U.S. investments in global institutions, assessing the relative value, effectiveness and impact of the United States’ participation.
  • October 04, 2017

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2018 Laureate Award

    The National Cheese Institute is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award. The award winner will be recognized during IDFA's Dairy Forum 2018, Jan. 21-24, at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, California. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 20, 2017, and there is no fee to enter. “Behind the U.S. cheese industry’s history of continued growth and success are talented leaders who have devoted their lives to perfecting the craft and promotion of cheesemaking,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “With this award, we're looking to celebrate an individual who has shaped the industry with outstanding accomplishments and contributions.”
 
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