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  • September 17, 2014

    IDFA Commends Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Worker Safety

    IDFA announced the names of 72 dairy company operations that will receive Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates from the association this year. This is the 11th year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The operations were judged on specific data required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • August 13, 2014

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2015 Laureate Award

    The National Cheese Institute (NCI) is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award. Candidates should be business or academic leaders who have made significant, prolonged contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. Nominations must be submitted by September 19, and there is no fee to enter.
  • Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, and Kathryn Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, at IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP in June.
    July 30, 2014

    IDFA and Cornell University Team Up to Launch Leadership Development Program

    IDFA is joining with Cornell University to offer leadership development opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the dairy foods business. The first joint program will be the NextGEN Symposium, October 6-8, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "Teaming up with an organization such as IDFA will help to bridge the gap in workforce development for the next generation of leaders in our industry,” said Kathryn J. Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.
  • Darci Vetter
    July 09, 2014

    IDFA Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Darci Vetter as New Ag Chief at USTR

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Darci Vetter to replace Islam Siddiqui as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Vetter previously served as the deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Her background and expertise make her a perfect fit for this new role, and we’re excited to work with her on issues important to the U.S. dairy industry,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president.
  • (L to R) Ashley Burch and Heather Soubra were promoted to director level at IDFA.
    July 09, 2014

    IDFA Names Two New Directors

    IDFA is pleased to announce the promotions of Ashley Burch to director of political programs and of Heather Soubra to director of executive office and special projects. Burch is responsible for IDFA’s political involvement programs, including the Ice Cream, Milk & Cheese PAC, and Soubra oversees the day-to-day operations of the executive office, manages programming efforts and speaking engagements for Dairy Forum, and handles special projects.
  • June 16, 2014

    IDFA Names J. David Carlin Senior VP of Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy

    IDFA has named J. David Carlin to the position of senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. In this role, Carlin will be responsible for managing all of the association's legislative, political and economic policy activities. He replaces Jerry Slominski, who left IDFA earlier this year. Carlin, who was a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP until joining IDFA, has extensive experience in food and agriculture policy.
  • June 11, 2014

    Andrei Mikhalevsky, President and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., Calls for Expanding Trade for U.S. Agriculture and Eliminating Export Barriers

    Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., testified on June 11 before members of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. In his testimony, Mikhalevsky outlined the significant contributions the dairy industry makes to the U.S. economy, highlighted the potential for continued global growth and called for eliminating current trade barriers that impede the industry’s efforts to meet the burgeoning demand for U.S. dairy products around the world.
  • June 04, 2014

    Call for Nominations: 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    This call for nominations begins the 17th annual competition for the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Dairy Forum, January 25-28, 2015, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and the person nominating the winner receives complimentary registration to Dairy Forum.
  • David Ahlem, COO of Hilmar Cheese Company, is an advisor to the NextGEN Dairy Network.
    May 29, 2014

    IDFA Launches Career-Building Initiative for Dairy Industry Professionals

    IDFA has launched the NextGEN Dairy Network to help up-and-coming dairy industry professionals build their careers. Through online forums, networking and targeted training sessions, the NextGEN Dairy Network will provide professionals who have less than 15 years of dairy experience with access to the information, tools and expertise necessary to be successful in the industry.
  • Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director, accepts award at Fastest 50 presentation last week in Chicago.
    May 29, 2014

    International Dairy Show Earns High Honors for Exceptional Growth

    The 2013 International Dairy Show recently earned a coveted spot on Trade Show Executive’s 2014 Fastest 50, a list of the fastest-growing U.S. trade shows, for growth in number of attendees. In addition, the Dairy Show and its co-location partner, PROCESS EXPO, ranked second on EXPO Magazine’s list of Top 25 Fast-Growth Shows.
  • May 28, 2014

    Statement on TPP Negotiations

    IDFA and four other organizations – the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Pork Producers Council, the USA Rice Federation and the U.S. Wheat Associates – issued a statement urging U.S. negotiators to push Japan to provide meaningful agricultural market access in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. “Failing that, the alternative is suspending negotiations with Japan for now and concluding a truly comprehensive agreement with those TPP partners that are willing to meet the originally contemplated level of ambition,” the statement said.
  • Katie Mason of HP Hood, LLC, and Angela Spihlman of SensoryEffects Flavor Systems pose with their awards.
    May 21, 2014

    Cucumber Dill Cottage Cheese, Caramel Apple Flavored Milk Named ‘Most Innovative’ in 2014 Dairy Products Contest

    Two new milk and cultured dairy products – Cucumber Dill Cottage Cheese and Caramel Apple Flavored Milk – earned the awards for most innovative dairy products this week at IDFA’s Milk and Cultured Dairy Conference in Indianapolis. The annual Most Innovative Dairy Products Competition is sponsored by TIC Gums, a leader in advanced texture and stabilization solutions for food and beverage companies.
  • May 15, 2014

    177 House Members Urge the Obama Administration to Remove EU Trade Barriers Hampering U.S. Dairy Industry

    A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives today urged the Obama administration to use the transatlantic trade talks with the European Union (EU) to address a variety of export barriers hampering the U.S. dairy industry. Among the barriers are the EU’s recent efforts to prevent U.S. companies from using common food names like parmesan and feta in export markets, including the EU, and even in the U.S. domestic market.
  • April 16, 2014

    Publix, SensoryEffects and Wells Enterprises Take Top Honors at IDFA's Annual Ice Cream Flavor Contest

    Banana pudding, lemon poppy pound cake and Greek yogurt with strawberries and granola were judged to be the most innovative ice cream flavors at the International Dairy Foods Association's Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Contest. The competition showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert makers.
  • April 09, 2014

    IDFA Commends Reps. Pompeo and Butterfield for Bill to Establish Federal Standard for Voluntary GMO Labeling

    The International Dairy Foods Association applauds the introduction today of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, which would establish a federal standard for voluntary labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
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