June 01, 2017
Nominations are now being accepted for the 20th annual Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. 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 current methods as well as their positioning to meet future economic and business challenges. Nominations must be submitted by August 25, 2017, and there is no fee to enter.
May 30, 2017
Tony Eberhard, the former deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), joined IDFA’s legislative team this week as vice president of legislative affairs. He will work closely with IDFA members on policy development and legislative strategy while advocating for dairy foods companies and the dairy industry before the Congress and the Administration. “Tony certainly knows his way around Capitol Hill,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “He has a stellar reputation for being able to navigate professionally and effectively through controversial and complex topics with positive results.” Dave Carlin, IDFA’s senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy, added, “Tony’s well-known and respected ability to forge strong relationships and get things done will be a big plus for the dairy industry and our dairy company members.”
May 23, 2017
The National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments acted last week to align the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) with the regulatory requirements in the preventive controls rule for human food under the Food Safety Modernization Act. IDFA met with representatives from the National Milk Producers Federation as well as FDA officials to build consensus on a pair of proposals developed to achieve this alignment. “Working together, state regulators, industry stakeholders, FDA officials and experts from academia demonstrated the strength of the NCIMS process to work through difficult issues and come out with a positive solution that advances food safety yet does not overly burden the dairy industry or cash-strapped states,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards.
May 18, 2017
The U.S. dairy industry commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent today to Congress, Ambassador Lighthizer outlined some of the areas of the agreement that are either outdated or missing – several of which are important to the U.S. dairy industry – and reaffirmed commitment to pursuing the trade priorities outlined by TPA, including goals related to market access and curbing the abuse of geographical indications. He also emphasized the importance of effectively implementing and aggressively enforcing the commitments made by Canada and Mexico, two of the dairy industry’s top trade partners.
May 01, 2017
Dairy leaders thanked newly confirmed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for recognizing the important role school milk plays in ensuring school-aged children get the nutrition they need.
In one of his first actions as Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue visited Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will implement regulations to allow school districts to again offer low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. “Today Secretary Perdue took an important step toward bringing back lunchroom favorites – low-fat chocolate and strawberry milk – that students have been missing,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy.
April 28, 2017
A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications– particularly by the European Union. The U.S. dairy industry joined the Consortium for Common Food Names in hailing the report for sending a strong, positive signal on how the new administration plans to tackle these types of trade and intellectual property issues to preserve jobs and safeguard global opportunities for U.S. companies.
April 27, 2017
Adding to the groundswell of recognition that Canada’s protectionist dairy policies are harmful to U.S. dairy exports, a bipartisan group of 68 members of the House of Representatives wrote to President Donald Trump yesterday urging him to insist that Canada comply with its dairy trade commitments, including those under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At a time when questions are arising about the future of the U.S. role in NAFTA, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) said the 25-year-old pact is a critically important agreement that needs to be modernized, not withdrawn from, as they praised the congressional letter’s focus on ways to improve upon the existing NAFTA trade relationship.
April 13, 2017
The U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials today urged President Donald Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s repeated and escalating disregard for its trade obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Most recently, Canada implemented a new national pricing policy that blatantly blocks American dairy exports and will enable significant dumping of Canadian dairy products onto the world market. As a result, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable economic hardship and possibly force them to go out of business.
April 10, 2017
Nearly 6,500 attendees with buying power and 3,000 exhibitor personnel came together this week to make the first-ever ProFood Tech a huge success. Held April 4-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, ProFood Tech showcased cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions within the ever-evolving food and beverage industry. Powered by three of the world’s trade show leaders – PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) – the biennial show was unprecedented in its ability to bring the industry together and address the key issues facing food and beverage processing operators in North America.
April 05, 2017
U.S. dairy organizations today urged the Trump Administration to fight back against protectionist Canadian trade policies that are slamming the door to American dairy exports in violation of existing trade commitments between the two nations. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) called on the federal government, and on governors in northern states, to take immediate action in response to Canada’s violation of its trade commitments to the United States.
March 22, 2017
Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified today before the House Committee on Agriculture about dairy policy and its impact on potential provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Dykes said that IDFA’s top priority is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products—both at home and in the global market.
March 20, 2017
Sweet Me Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Ice Cream, Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Cool Mint Sandwiches were named the most innovative ice cream products at the International Dairy Foods Association's annual Ice Cream Technology Conference this month in Henderson, Nev. The Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition, which showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream makers and flavorings suppliers, captured several upcoming flavor trends in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry.
March 15, 2017
During a trip to Mexico this week, the leaders of U.S. dairy organizations promised to continue a strong commitment to their partnership with Mexico’s dairy industry and consumers. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, today joined Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, at the Femeleche conference, which brought together Mexican dairy industry leaders, farmers and government officials. The U.S. leaders also met with the Mexican Minister of Agriculture and the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
March 01, 2017
In her keynote address at the International Sweetener Colloquium this week, Ambassador Darci Vetter, former chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, urged food and beverage companies that use sugar and sweeteners in their products and sugar providers to demand a seat at the table on trade negotiations in the new administration. The annual event, co-sponsored by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the Sweetener Users Association (SUA), drew more than 500 people from 10 countries.
February 14, 2017
The U.S. dairy sector is urging President Donald Trump to discuss Canada’s protectionist milk pricing policy during Monday’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) are calling the issue “one of the most sensitive and urgent topics complicating the relationship between the two countries.” The White House will host Trudeau in Washington today to discuss matters related to trade policy and the renegotiation of NAFTA, among other issues.