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  • (L-R) Michael Dykes, IDFA, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Dairy Export Council, José Calzada, Mexican Secretary of Agriculture and Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producers Federation.
    March 15, 2017

    U.S. Dairy Leaders Promise Steadfast Commitment to Mexico

    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.
  • Ambassador Darci Vetter and Clay Hough, IDFA Senior Group Vice President and Counsel
    March 01, 2017

    Darci Vetter, Former USTR Chief Ag Negotiator, Urges Food Companies to Get Seats at the U.S. Trade Table

    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.
  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
    February 14, 2017

    Dairy, Ag Groups Urge President Trump to Raise New Canadian Milk Pricing Scheme Issue in Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

    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.
  • February 08, 2017

    IDFA Launches Summer Intern Program to Offer Experience in Dairy Policy and Politics

    IDFA is launching a summer internship program this year to offer one undergraduate student a first-hand 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 IDFA’s office in Washington, D.C., to participate in the organization’s efforts to build relationships with the new administration and new Congress, as well as efforts on the upcoming farm bill, the school lunch program, trade policy, the Nutrition Facts label and GMO disclosure standard.
  • L-R: Martin Wiedmann, Gellert family professor in food safety; Anika D. Zuber, regional dairy processing and marketing specialist; and Samuel D. Alcaine, assistant professor of dairy fermentations.
    February 06, 2017

    IDFA Recognizes Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension Team for Food Safety Leadership

    The Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team received the International Dairy Foods Association’s inaugural Food Safety Leadership Award at Dairy Forum 2017 last week in Orlando, Fla. The award honors an individual, group or organization for demonstrating outstanding leadership directed at enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry. The team was selected for its comprehensive and innovative approaches to support and improve food safety across the dairy industry, as well as its drive to share cutting-edge research conducted by its world-renowned scientists with the global dairy industry.
  • February 02, 2017

    Kathleen Glass, Associate Director, Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Named 2017 National Cheese Institute Laureate

    The National Cheese Institute bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Kathleen Glass, Ph. D., a senior scientist and associate director at the Food Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. NCI Chairman Ron Dunford, who is president, Schreiber US, Schreiber Foods, Inc., presented the award to Glass this week at Dairy Forum. “Her research focuses on improving food safety by eliminating or controlling the growth of pathogenic bacteria,” said Dunford. “The findings of her work have influenced changes to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and are used by product developers and food safety professionals in the cheese and broader dairy industries.”
  • January 30, 2017

    U.S. Dairy Companies Push Back Against Canada’s Protectionist Policies

    The U.S. dairy industry this week continued to push back against Canada’s protectionist policies that are effectively blocking American dairy imports into the country in violation of international agreements. A group of 17 dairy companies representing dairy farmers and processors from coast to coast asked governors in 25 states to urge Canadian policymakers to uphold existing trade commitments with the United States and halt the imminent implementation of a national strategy that would unfairly subsidize Canadian dairy products in its domestic and global markets.
  • January 25, 2017

    Call for Nominations: 2017 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

    IDFA is now accepting applications for the 13th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities and trucking operations for outstanding worker safety performance. “We are pleased that we now are able 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.
  • January 25, 2017

    ProFood Tech Registration Offers Access to Co-located Shows

    Opportunities for finding innovative business solutions have expanded for IDFA members and others planning to attend ProFood Tech, April 4–6, in Chicago. Registration will also include admission to the ProMat and Automate events being held April 3–6 at McCormick Place. ProMat is the premier material handling expo focusing on manufacturing and supply chain solutions, and Automate, North America’s largest automation show, will feature innovations and technologies in automation, including robotics, vision and imaging, motion control and more.
  • January 18, 2017

    Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning is Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Inaugural ProFood Tech Conference

    Five-time National Football League (NFL) MVP Peyton Manning will give the keynote speech at the first ever ProFood Tech Conference Program, led by IDFA, one of the three trade show leaders powering ProFood Tech, April 4-6, 2017 in Chicago, along with PACK EXPO and Anuga.“NFL great Peyton Manning will share real world leadership tips and how you can become a winner too by learning to adapt to changing circumstances,” said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president. “Manning combines his trademark humor and real life stories to challenge audiences to reach higher than they ever thought possible.”
  • January 12, 2017

    Jer-Lindy Farms LLC of Brooten, Minn., Named 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Jer-Lindy Farms LLC of Brooten, Minn., has been selected as the 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine, which co-sponsor the award. “We’re pleased to honor Jer-Lindy Farms with this award for two reasons,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “The owners found innovative ways to expand and keep younger family members engaged in the operations. They also have initiated several sustainability efforts to boost efficiency and profits while continuing to be good stewards of the land and the animals.”
  • January 11, 2017

    Canada’s Protectionist Policies Will Harm U.S. Economy, Dairy Groups Tell President-Elect Trump

    U.S. dairy organizations and the state departments of agriculture across the country today told President-elect Donald Trump that Canada’s existing and soon-to-be-expanded protectionist policies are intentionally designed to block imports from the United States. These policies are in direct violation of Canada’s trade commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization, said IDFA, NMPF, NASDA and USDEC in a letter urging the president-elect and his key cabinet members to take immediate action.
  • January 11, 2017

    IDFA Promotes Heather Soubra to Chief of Staff

    IDFA has promoted Heather Soubra to the newly created position of chief of staff, effective immediately. In this position, Soubra will manage the office of Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, while working closely with the association’s leadership team to help implement the president’s 100-day plan for enhancing and expanding member services and collaborating with other stakeholders in the dairy industry.
  • December 16, 2016

    Dairy Organizations Applaud Congressional Letter to FDA Asking for Stricter Enforcement of Milk Labeling Standards

    A new congressional effort to prod federal regulators to crack down on the inappropriate labeling of products designed to imitate milk drew support today from IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation, which thanked lawmakers for speaking out on the issue. In a letter written by Reps. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Peter Welch (D-VT), and cosigned by a bipartisan coalition of 32 other members of the House, lawmakers urge U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf to more aggressively police the improper use of dairy terms, which are used on the labels of many products that have no real dairy ingredients.
  • October 11, 2016

    Economic Study Shows Billions of Dollars in Losses to U.S. Dairy Industry Under Abusive EU Geographical Indications Policies

    Surrendering to a European Union (EU) seizure of common food names would cost the U.S. dairy industry billions of dollars, slash domestic cheese consumption and increase prices for consumers, according to an analysis released today by Informa Economics IEG. “Under Europe’s GI policies, U.S. manufacturers would face a choice of abandoning markets for cheeses like feta and parmesan or selling them under names like ‘crumbly white cheese’ or ‘hard grated cheese,’” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA, which represents dairy processors domestically and internationally. “It’s not hard to imagine the problems those name changes would create and this report finally quantifies those impacts.”
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