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  • January 10, 2019

    IDFA Expands Focus on Yogurt with Transition of National Yogurt Association and Newly Created Segment Board

    IDFA expanded its focus on the yogurt and cultured products category this month by assuming the assets and operations of the National Yogurt Association (NYA) and creating a new segment board with a strategic focus on the category. IDFA now represents the vast majority of companies making and selling yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and other cultured products. These steps will increase IDFA’s effectiveness on Capitol Hill and within regulatory agencies when it addresses issues important to the yogurt and cultured products industry.
  • Dan Zagzebski of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., has been named chairman of the Executive Council.
    January 03, 2019

    IDFA Names New Executive Council, Outlines Enhanced Governance Structure

    IDFA has consolidated the governance structure of its constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation, the National Cheese Institute and the International Ice Cream Association – under one central organization, IDFA. As of Jan. 1, IDFA will operate under one set of bylaws and financial reporting requirements, as well as one budget, and the constituent organizations will no longer exist.
  • December 21, 2018

    IDFA Applauds Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Considering Driver Exemptions Ahead of Natural Disasters

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shared a joint petition from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the American Bakers Association (ABA) this week that calls for the exemption of dairy products and bread delivery drivers from the administration’s hours-of-service requirements preceding natural disasters. The hours-of-service requirements limit how long truck drivers can be on the road at a time.
  • Phil Plourd, President of Blimling and Associates, Inc.
    December 13, 2018

    IDFA Engages Blimling and Associates to Provide Dairy Market Data and Policy Analysis

    IDFA has engaged Blimling and Associates, Inc., a dairy research and consulting firm based in Madison, Wisconsin, in a strategic relationship to provide market intelligence and economic analysis to the association and its leadership. “Blimling’s team of economic experts has the right blend of experience and expertise to provide market information and insights that will help guide our decision-making on several IDFA initiatives,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., the president and CEO of IDFA. “We’ll also be able to offer dairy executives access to resources for the information they need to manage today’s complex dairy supply chain and meet consumer demands while containing costs and improving operational performance.”
  • December 11, 2018

    IDFA Commends Ag Committee Leaders for Farm Bill that Improves Dairy Risk Management, Boosts Milk Consumption

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today commended House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders for releasing the 2018 Farm Bill, which would allow greater access to risk management tools for dairy foods companies and farmers to address price fluctuations. The bill would also extend the Dairy Forward Pricing Program to 2023, improve the safety net for dairy farmers and create a new milk incentive program within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve participants’ diets by increasing fluid milk consumption.
  • November 28, 2018

    Global Dairy Associations Call on G20 Leaders to Support the WTO

    The International Dairy Foods Association, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council joined their global counterparts in issuing the following statement. The dairy groups urged the G20 ministers meeting this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to prioritize maintaining, reforming and reinvigorating the World Trade Organization (WTO), which is the multilateral rules-based trading system.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO (pictured far left), presented testimony on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
    November 15, 2018

    U.S. Dairy Welcomes USMCA, but Mexican Tariffs and Canadian Pricing Policies Could Negate Expected Gains

    The U.S. International Trade Commission today opened a two-day hearing to investigate the likely impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the American economy, specific industry sectors and consumers. A total of 45 industry groups and stakeholders were invited to provide testimony today and tomorrow, including Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association.
  • Idaho delegation tours Sorrento Lactalis, Inc. L-R: Congressman-elect Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Kelly Johnson, Nampa plant manager at Sorrento Lactalis, Inc., Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
    November 08, 2018

    IDFA Convenes Unique Member ‘Fly-out’ in Idaho for Congressional Delegation and Local Dairy Leaders

    Building on its successful series of strategic fly-ins for members to advocate for dairy on Capitol Hill, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) yesterday hosted its first “fly-out” in Nampa, Idaho. This unique approach for sharing dairy’s opportunities and priorities with key legislators included a roundtable discussion among three members of Idaho’s congressional delegation and several dairy company executives with processing facilities in the state.
  • October 25, 2018

    IDFA Seeks Candidates for 2019 Summer Internship

    IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2019 summer internship, which will offer one undergraduate or recent graduate a firsthand view of the association’s advocacy 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 regulatory and legislative activities. The internship, which is a paid position, will start in May or June and run for 10 to 12 weeks. Students with an interest in food and agriculture policy are encouraged to apply.
  • October 16, 2018

    Dairy Companies Commend USTR for Announcing Intent to Negotiate New Trade Pacts

    IDFA commended the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for announcing Tuesday that it intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union. “We’re pleased that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has taken another positive step in promoting strong trade policies for our country,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “We’ll continue to call for trade actions that will place U.S. dairy companies on a level playing field with global competitors.”
  • October 01, 2018

    U.S. Dairy Organizations Thank Trump Administration for Concluding New Trade Agreement with Canada, Mexico

    IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council thanked Trump administration negotiators for concluding a trilateral trade pact that preserves dairy market access in Mexico and improves market access in Canada, while eliminating Canada’s Class 7 pricing system. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) announced Sunday night will benefit America’s dairy sector because it preserves the overall structure of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. “This new agreement will preserve our vital partnership with both countries and allow the U.S. dairy industry to seek more export opportunities,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • 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.
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