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  • Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
    June 28, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Senate Passage of Farm Bill, Commends Ag Committee Leaders

    The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the farm bill this evening by a bipartisan vote of 86 to 11. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) welcomes the provisions that will allow greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations and that will extend the Dairy Forward Pricing Program to 2023.
  • June 28, 2018

    IDFA and Wells Enterprises Host FDA Officials to Demonstrate Best Production Practices for Ensuring Safety of Ice Cream ​

    A team of officials representing key departments of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) visited Wells Enterprises, Inc., and two of its facilities in LeMars, Iowa, this week to see firsthand the company’s manufacturing practices for consistently ensuring food safety, quality and allergen protection during the production process. The visit, arranged jointly by IDFA and Wells, was designed to help inform the agency’s ongoing efforts to update its Frozen Dessert Processing Guidelines and make certain that any new recommendations align with good manufacturing practices and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • June 26, 2018

    American Farmers and Cheese Makers Ask President Trump to Suspend Tariffs on Mexican Products As NAFTA Talks Continue

    More than 60 companies and organizations representing American dairy farmers and cheese makers commended President Donald Trump today for his efforts on equitable trade and for insisting that Canada halt its market-distorting dairy practices. At the same time, the companies urged the administration to reconsider its imposition of new tariffs on Mexico in light of that country’s constructive engagement in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and the harm that Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. dairy’s trade with its largest and most reliable market.
  • House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas
    June 21, 2018

    House Farm Bill Improves Risk Management for Dairy Pricing, Adds Incentive to Boost Milk Consumption

    IDFA commended the House of Representatives for approving a farm bill that would allow greater access to risk management tools for dairy foods companies and farmers to address price fluctuations. The bill also would improve the safety net for dairy farmers, provide retail incentives under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to promote milk purchases for healthier diets and require the government to finalize a rule that would allow schools to serve low-fat flavored milk.
  • IDFA endorsed a proposal from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, that would encourage SNAP participants to buy more milk and gain essential nutrients that many Americans are missing in their diets.
    June 13, 2018

    Senate Farm Bill Improves Risk Management for Dairy Pricing, Adds Plan to Boost Milk Consumption

    IDFA commended the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee for approving a farm bill, with a 20-to-1 bipartisan vote, that allows for greater access to risk management tools for dairy processors and producers to address price fluctuations. The legislation also extends the Dairy Forward Pricing Program to 2023, improves the safety net for dairy farmers and creates a new milk incentive program within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve participants’ diets by increasing fluid milk consumption.
  • May 31, 2018

    Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations Receive Worker Safety Awards

    IDFA has recognized more than 50 dairy company operations for their outstanding achievements in worker safety. Each operation or plant will receive the IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award, a program that has highlighted workplace safety in U.S. dairy companies for 15 years. “Safety is the dairy industry’s No. 1 priority,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Dairy companies continually go above and beyond to provide a safe and productive work environment. These member companies are shining examples of how to implement innovative and proactive approaches to workplace safety and achieve great results.”
  • May 21, 2018

    New ‘Got Jobs?’ Campaign Demonstrates Dairy’s Substantial Impact on US Economy, States and Local Communities

    Most Americans know milk and other dairy products are an essential part of a healthy diet. But less well-known is dairy’s contribution to the health of the U.S. economy and the economies of every state across the country. A new storytelling campaign launched today by the U.S. dairy industry aims to shine a brighter, data-driven spotlight on the positive effects of dairy’s economic engine. The U.S. Dairy Export Council, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation are collaborating to create the new “Got Jobs? Dairy Creates Jobs, Exports Create More” campaign. Over the next year, they will share in-depth data and compelling narratives featuring hardworking dairy farmers, innovative dairy company employees, resourceful retailers and many others throughout the food supply chain at GotDairyJobs.org.
  • 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.”
 
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