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  • May 18, 2018

    Dairy Groups Applaud Defeat of Raw Milk Amendment to 2018 Farm Bill

    Overwhelming opposition from a strong coalition of dairy processors, farmers, consumer groups, food safety advocates, federal and state public health regulators, the medical community and other key stakeholders led to the defeat last week of an amendment to the 2018 House Farm Bill that would have allowed the interstate sale of unpasteurized milk. In a May 14 letter to House leaders Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation insisted that the proposed amendment represented a risk to consumer safety and public health.
  • April 25, 2018

    Dairy Industry Commends Congress’ Call for NAFTA Action on Canada’s Dairy Policies

    IDFA and other dairy groups commended the bipartisan efforts of 68 members of Congress who encouraged the U.S. Trade Representative to eliminate Canada’s tariffs on U.S. dairy exports and its protectionist pricing policies during the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. The bipartisan coalition of members of Congress sent a letter yesterday to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, urging him to demand an end to Canada’s trade-distorting Class 7 pricing program, as well as its dairy tariffs, which have created an unfair playing field and essentially eliminated U.S. exports of certain dairy products. “We commend the efforts of these congressmen for tackling Canada’s ever-expanding list of restrictive trade policies, which have had a negative impact on our U.S. dairy industry and the U.S. economy overall,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • April 19, 2018

    Fun Fruit Flavors Take Top Honors in Innovative Ice Cream Contest

    Several fun and fruity flavors of ice cream – either newly introduced or yet to be released – captured the attention of judges last week at the International Dairy Foods Association's annual Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition in Fort Myers, Florida. The favorites earned first-place finishes in all three categories. Signature RESERVE Brazilian Guava Cheesecake ice cream, Spicy Mango Raspberry Fiesta ice cream and the Pomegranate and Sweet Potato Medley Bar were named the most innovative ice cream products at the competition, co-sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine. The competition, held each year during IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream makers and flavorings suppliers and captures upcoming flavor trends in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. This year’s conference set records for number of entries in the competition, as well as attendance.
  • April 12, 2018

    IDFA Applauds House Ag Chair Mike Conaway on Dairy Provisions in Proposed 2018 Farm Bill

    IDFA applauded House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, for including key provisions for dairy in the 2018 Farm Bill that was released today. IDFA worked closely with the National Milk Producers Federation to unite behind shared solutions that are reflected in the bill. “We’re hopeful that our collaborative efforts will help to smooth the passage of a farm bill that includes provisions designed to enhance risk management options for dairy processors and producers and establish a retailer incentive program in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that includes fluid milk,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • April 04, 2018

    IDFA and Dean Foods Host FDA Deputy Commissioner Ostroff on Tour of Tennessee Dairy Plant

    The Food and Drug Administration announced plans last fall to develop a pilot program to evaluate options for streamlining inspections for facilities that make Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” dairy products. IDFA and its members, including Dean Foods Company, support FDA’s plan to maximize federal and state resources and conduct these inspections during one visit, while maintaining high standards of food safety. Together, they arranged for federal and state officials to visit Mayfield Dairy, a Dean Foods company in Athens, Tenn., to help inform the agency’s efforts.
  • March 23, 2018

    IDFA Commends Congress for Including Section 199A Fix in Omnibus Spending Bill

    The International Dairy Foods Association commended members of Congress for approving an omnibus appropriations bill last night that amends Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to resolve unintended consequences that threatened to distort the dairy marketplace. The amended language levels the playing field for IDFA’s cooperative and non-cooperative members that produce milk and dairy products. “IDFA applauds the members of Congress who demonstrated that they care about the state of the U.S. agricultural economy and worked tirelessly to find a solution that allows farmers to sell their agricultural products to their buyers of choice without being unduly influenced by tax code considerations,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO.
  • March 14, 2018

    IDFA Supports Legislative Proposal to Fix Section 199A of New Tax Law

    IDFA today announced its support for a congressional proposal that would amend Section 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to resolve unintended consequences that have distorted the dairy marketplace. The proposal is designed to level the playing field for IDFA’s cooperative and non-cooperative members that produce milk and dairy products, and IDFA urges Congress to include this proposal in the final appropriations, or omnibus, bill for fiscal year 2018 later this month.
  • March 08, 2018

    Dairy Groups Applaud Withdrawal of Tennessee State Raw Milk Bills

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation applauded the withdrawal this week of a series of bills in the Tennessee state legislature that could have increased consumers’ risk of foodborne illness by encouraging the use of raw milk. “Our dairy industry benefits from a very high degree of consumer confidence – confidence built in large part due to the excellent food safety record of milk and dairy products,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Legalizing and regulating the sale of raw milk sends a signal to consumers that drinking unpasteurized milk is safe when, in fact, the opposite is true.”
  • March 08, 2018

    CCFN Calls for US to Reject the EU's Flagrant Abuse of Geographical Indications; Safeguard Generic Food Names

    In testimony before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today, the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), of which IDFA is a founding member, urged the U.S. government to intensify its efforts to repel attempts by the European Union to confiscate generic terms within major trading markets, as well as within the United States itself. CCFN's testimony was presented as part of the USTR's preparation of its annual Special 301 review of intellectual property rights protections among U.S. trading partners.
  • February 05, 2018

    IDFA Recommends Areas for Regulatory Reform for Dairy Product Manufacturing

    IDFA today urged the Food and Drug Administration to modernize outdated standards of identity for dairy products, revise overly burdensome regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act and extend the compliance date for the revised Nutrition Facts label in comments filed in response to the agency’s request to identify regulations that foods manufacturers believe should be repealed, replaced or modified. “IDFA supports the Trump administration’s goals to significantly reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining the product safety and integrity that consumers expect,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president for regulatory affairs.
  • February 01, 2018

    Call for Nominations: Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

    IDFA is now accepting applications for the 14th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities and trucking operations for outstanding worker safety performance. “We are pleased to recognize IDFA members that have implemented proactive safety programs to prevent illness and injuries from occurring in the workplace and that have outstanding safety statistics to verify the programs are working,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel. All entries must be submitted to IDFA no later than March 30, 2018.
  • 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.
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