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  • January 02, 2013

    IDFA Wins Silver Award for Progress Report in Association TRENDS 2012 All-Media Contest

    Contact: Marti (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – January 2, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association has been honored with a silver award in the Annual Report category of Association TRENDS’ 2012 All-Media Contest. The All-Media Contest is an annual competition held exclusively for associations to recognize the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. The 2012 competition included more than 420 entries in 22 categories of association communications. This is the third time in recent years that IDFA has been recognized for excellence in association management and member communications. Connie Tipton, IDFA ...
  • December 31, 2012

    Congressional Dairy Fix Would Still Raise Milk Prices

    IDFA stated today that the legislation proposed by Congressional Agriculture Committee leaders would still cause a problem in the marketplace because it includes a controversial new program designed to limit the milk supply. That proposal, championed by Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) yet resisted by consumer groups, food manufacturers and many dairy farmers, is known as the Dairy Security Act (DSA) and would require the government to intervene in milk markets to manipulate the supply of milk in order to keep milk prices artificially high.
  • December 27, 2012

    IDFA Urges Ag Secretary to Use Every Legal Authority Available to Avoid Raising Milk Prices

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today urging him to avoid or delay the impact of a 1949 law that could drastically raise milk prices. The letter outlined legal options available to the government to avoid this “dairy cliff,” which could impact the pocketbooks of millions of consumers and taxpayers.  
  • December 12, 2012

    IDFA Promotes John Kelly to Director of International Affairs

    Contact: Marti Pupillompupillo@idfa.org202-220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – December 12, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association today announced the promotion of John P. Kelly to the position of director of international affairs. In this role, Kelly will continue to support IDFA's efforts on international trade and import and export issues, while overseeing the association's sweetener and trade committees. "John has worked diligently during the past two years to promote issues that are important to dairy manufacturers and provide valuable guidance to members on global markets and trade issues," said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. "Global trade is a key growth ...
  • November 28, 2012

    Americans Opposed to Government Limits on Milk Production

    <strong>(Washington D.C. – November 28, 2012)</strong> A new nationwide survey released today found that 81 percent of Americans agree that individual farmers should have the freedom to decide how much milk they produce and not have a limit set by government policy. The survey, which was conducted online last month among 2,094 adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of the International Dairy Foods Association, also found that 74 percent of Americans believe milk prices should be based on what consumers are willing to pay.  Only nine percent think milk prices should be set by government policy.
  • October 03, 2012

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2013 Laureate Award

    The National Cheese Institute is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award. The award winner will be recognized at a special ceremony during IDFA's Dairy Forum 2013, January 27-30, in Orlando, Fla. Nominations must be submitted by November 2, 2012, and there is no fee to enter.
  • October 03, 2012

    IDFA Announces 2012-2013 Events Calendar, Call for Topics

    Contact:Peggy 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 3, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association has announced its 2012-2013 meetings and events calendar, sponsorship opportunities and a call for topics for three 2013 conferences. Webinar Series on Dairy Product LabelingOctober 23, 24, 25 Dairy company employees must know the specific requirements for labeling dairy foods to avoid the waste and costly fines that result from mislabeling. This webinar series will provide all the information needed to produce compliant and effective labels for dairy products. The three sessions – "Introduction to Labeling," "Nutrition Labeling and Claims" and "Labeling Hot Topics" – will ...
  • September 26, 2012

    IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Superior Worker Safety

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2012)</strong> The International Dairy Foods Association has announced the names of 128 dairy company operations that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates this year. This is the ninth year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies.
  • September 26, 2012

    National Milk Producers Federation Distorts Congressional Research Service Report Findings

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2012)</strong> The International Dairy Foods Association said today that the analysis of the proposed dairy programs that was recently issued by the Congressional Research Service provides useful information for legislators as they continue work on the 2012 Farm Bill this fall. “You can read that report until the proverbial cows come home and you will not find anywhere that it concludes that the Dairy Security Act is the best approach for dairy farmers, as was falsely claimed by the National Milk Producers Federation,” said Jerry Slominski, IDFA senior vice president of legislative and economic affairs. “The CRS is a well-respected and bipartisan service that doesn’t take sides on issues like this.”
  • September 26, 2012

    Associations Welcome 2012-2013 Officers, New Board Members

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2012)</strong> During the fall board meetings held last week, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and its three constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) – elected new officers and voted on new board members.
  • September 10, 2012

    Dairy Industry Responds to Governor Schweitzer Comments on Romney Milk Fees

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. - September 10, 2012)</strong> The International Dairy Foods Association today responded to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s (D) concern that the Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney, raised milk fees. IDFA shares concerns about industry fees and cautioned that a new Farm Bill proposal, recently endorsed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, would both raise fees and increase domestic milk prices.
  • July 23, 2012

    Supply Management Would Have Already Reduced Milk Supplies Soon To Be Further Reduced By Drought Conditions

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – July 23, 2012)</strong> A proposal in the new Farm Bill headed to the House floor would have been limiting U.S. milk production since May, if it had been in effect, even as agriculture economists and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are warning that the drought throughout the country will reduce milk supply and raise consumer prices.  According to calculations set out in the bill using current USDA data, the proposed "Dairy Market Stabilization Program" (DMSP) would have been in effect starting in May and would likely still be in effect today.
  • July 10, 2012

    Dairy Producers Oppose Supply Management in Farm Bill

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, Marti Pupillo, 202-220-3535, Six Groups Co-sign Letter to House Ag Committee Leaders Asking for Changes (Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2012) The nation’s second-largest dairy cooperative has joined other producer groups in opposing the Dairy Security Act, included in the House Agriculture Committee chairman’s mark of the Farm Bill. In a letter sent yesterday to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), the groups, including California Dairies, Inc.; Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative; Dairy Policy Action Coalition; National All-Jersey, Inc.; North East Dairy Producers Association, Inc.; and Wisconsin ...
  • July 10, 2012

    Food Trade, Retailer and Restaurant Organizations Join Forces to Oppose Dairy Supply Management

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, Marti Pupillo, 202-220-3535, (Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2012) Several national food trade associations, including the National Restaurant Association, the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Chain Restaurant Association, the National Grocers Association and the National Frozen Pizza Institute, have joined a long, and growing, list of organizations that have voiced their opposition to a controversial new dairy program designed to periodically limit milk production that is included in the House Agriculture Committee chairman’s version of the Farm Bill. The food processors, retailers and restaurateurs joined with consumer groups, state dairy associations ...
  • July 10, 2012

    The Truth About the Goodlatte-Scott Amendment

    Contact: Jerry Slominski, 202-531-3313 Cheryl Byrne, 978-837-0371 (Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2012) Goodlatte–Scott Offers Free Catastrophic Coverage The amendment provides margin protection for farmers when margins drop below $4 at no cost for the first 4 million pounds of production. With nearly 90 percent of all dairy farms’ production under 4 million pounds, the amendment effectively provides catastrophic coverage to the majority of farmers at no cost. Margin coverage under $4 for over 4 million pounds of production will cost only $0.03. Goodlatte–Scott Helps Balance Our Budget; Does Not Increase Costs to Taxpayers According to the Congressional Budget Office, ...
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