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  • June 02, 2011

    New MyPlate Highlights Dairy as an Essential Part of Every Meal

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 U.S. dairy industry supports direct approach to visualizing a healthy diet (Washington, D.C. - June 2, 2011) The shape may have shifted from pyramid to plate, but the message remains the same: dairy is an important part of the daily diet, for adults and children alike. For that reason, the U.S. dairy industry today praised the USDA's new MyPlate education tool, which provides a clear and visual message that a healthy diet is comprised of a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt.1 America's dairy farmers and processors commend the ...
  • May 25, 2011

    Controversial Milk Supply Control Program Would Decrease U.S. Jobs and Dairy Exports and Increase Price Volatility, Economic Review of Published Studies Shows

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, DC - May 25, 2011) An economic review drawing from analyses of a controversial dairy market stabilization program shows that, if implemented, the program would slow U.S. job growth in agriculture, curtail the U. S. dairy industry's export potential and impede worldwide food security while increasing domestic price volatility. The economic review, "A Look at Dairy Market Price Volatility and Options for Dairy Policy Reform," was released today by the International Dairy Foods Association. Written by IDFA Chief Economist Bob Yonkers, Ph.D, the economic review examined all available data and published research on the ...
  • May 10, 2011

    International Dairy Show to Feature Five Educational Tracks

    Contact: Jeannette Roeder(202) (Washington, D.C. - May 11, 2011) From the latest trends in the world of sweeteners to tools that can help companies comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act, the International Dairy Show will offer a wide range of educational programs for members of the dairy industry. The International Dairy Show will take place September 19-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. "The educational tracks and on-floor demonstrations will provide members of the dairy community with the latest research and insights available," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. "The sessions will be interactive and ...
  • May 05, 2011

    Innovation Center to Present Latest Findings, New Initiatives at IDFA’s Dairy Sustainability Symposium in May

    Contacts: Peggy Armstrong, IDFA, 202-220-3508 Elizabeth Hockerman, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, 262-938-5565 (Washington, D.C. - May 5, 2011) The Innovation Center for U.S. DairyTM will kick off the IDFA Dairy Sustainability Symposium on Wednesday, May 25, with an update on the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment and progress made on key initiatives to reduce the dairy industry's carbon footprint and build business value. The Dairy Sustainability Symposium is designed to help members of the dairy industry and related businesses to better understand sustainability and to target ways to decrease carbon footprint and increase efficiency. It will be held May 25-26 at The ...
  • April 25, 2011

    IDFA Strongly Supports U.S. Plan to Resolve Trucking Dispute with Mexico, Urges Congressional Support

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington-April 25, 2011) Outlining the need to regain full duty-free access to the U.S. dairy industry's largest export market, IDFA strongly supports the proposed cross-border trucking agreement between the United States and Mexico developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The proposal addresses safety concerns and U.S. compliance with trade obligations to Mexico that will allow the two countries to fulfill their respective obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "This is an important step toward a solution that will put an end to the retaliation against our industry's products," said ...
  • April 11, 2011

    Dairy Processor Organizations Vote to Support Policy Reform for Opportunity in Dairy

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong 202-220-3508 Boards oppose NMPF’s dairy policy package (Carlsbad, CA — April 11, 2011) The leaders of the International Dairy Foods Association's (IDFA) three constituent organizations voted today to support IDFA’s dairy policy reform recommendations and to oppose the National Milk Producers Federation’s dairy policy package. The directors of the Milk Industry Foundation, the National Cheese Institute and the International Ice Cream Association met this weekend to review current policy reform proposals and approved the IDFA’s policy recommendations that would reform the Federal Milk Marketing Orders and provide a better safety net for dairy farmers. "IDFA’s plan ...
  • April 06, 2011

    Two Yogurt Innovations Take Top Honors at Annual Innovative Dairy Products Contest

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong(202) Sponsored by TIC Gums (Washington, D.C. - April 6, 2011) Two new yogurt products - an all-natural, low-fat vanilla yogurt designed for making parfaits and a fruit-and-vegetable flavored yogurt - were named the most innovative dairy products this year at a recent competition judged by dairy professionals. The Most Innovative Dairy Products Competition, sponsored by TIC Gums, recognized the latest creative dairy products. The awards were presented at the International Dairy Foods Association's Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Symposium, which took place March 21-23, in Rosemont, Ill. The most innovative cultured dairy product is All Natural ...
  • April 06, 2011

    International Dairy Show Offers Meeting Rooms on the Show Floor To Exhibitors, IDFA Member Companies

    Contact: Jeannette Roeder(202) (Washington, D.C.-April 4, 2011) The 2011 International Dairy Show is offering on-floor meeting rooms exclusively for exhibitors and association members attending the show, September 19-21, at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. Located on the perimeter of the show floor, these rooms will offer a private space for holding meetings, giving presentations and conducting contract discussions. "Whether you want to discuss business strategies with your team, host a corporate meeting or a customer reception, purchasing one of these rooms is a great way to save time and money," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. "This service ...
  • April 06, 2011

    IDFA Applauds Progress on U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, Urges Quick Action

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong(202) (Washington, D.C. - April 6, 2011) In a positive development for the future of U.S. dairy exports, President Barack Obama today announced an agreement with Colombia on an action plan to resolve outstanding issues that will clear the way for the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to gain official approval from Congress. The agreement with Colombia was signed in 2006 under the Bush administration, but Congress has yet to vote on it. Until now, the Obama administration has refused to push for its approval, citing outstanding issues involving Colombian labor rights. "IDFA thanks U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador ...
  • April 04, 2011

    NMPF and IDFA Criticize New Jersey Raw Milk Bill, Urge Governor To Oppose It

    Contacts: Peggy Armstrong, IDFA, (202) 220-3508 Christopher Galen, NMPF, (703) 243-6111 (Washington, D.C. - April 4, 2011) The leading national trade organizations representing dairy producers and processors today sent a letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, urging him to oppose legislation in the state senate that would allow the direct sale of raw milk to the public. In the letter from the dairy associations, which was also sent to State Senate Democratic Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney, the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association said that the food safety risks inherent in raw milk will increase the incidence ...
  • April 01, 2011

    IDFA Advocates Funding for USDA Risk Management Insurance Program

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Asks Ag Committee Chairs to fund program for balance of 2011 Expresses pposition to so-called "Growth Management Programs" (Washington, D.C. - April 1, 2011) Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, has called on Congress to maintain funding for a federal risk management insurance program for dairy farmers. In a letter to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), ranking member of the committee, Tipton restated IDFA's opposition to any government program that would attempt to control milk price volatility ...
  • March 28, 2011

    International Dairy Show Partners with AMI Expo

    Contact: Jeannette Roeder(202) (Washington, D.C. - March 28, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has announced a promotional partnership with the American Meat Institute (AMI) to cross endorse the associations' trade shows. "We are pleased to work in partnership with the American Meat Institute on cross promotion of our mutual trade shows," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. "Collaborative efforts with other food and beverage associations are essential to the success of our shows." As part of the co-promotional agreement, IDFA will be exhibiting at the AMI Expo 2011 that will take place April 13-16, 2011, at ...
  • March 21, 2011

    International Dairy Show Partners with Food Safety Magazine

    Contact: Jeannette Roeder 202-220-3562 (Washington, D.C. - March 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has announced a partnership with Food Safety Magazine as the official food safety media partner for the International Dairy Show. "Food safety and traceability continue to be a priority for the dairy industry," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. "We are pleased to collaborate with a respected trade publication to increase the show's outreach and educational offerings across the supply chain." As the official food safety media partner, Food Safety Magazine will be a sponsor of the Food Safety Pavilion, which will showcase ...
  • March 18, 2011

    IDFA CEO Expresses Concerns about Trade Implications of New Dairy Import Tax

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 U.S. dairy farmers will be required to promote dairy imports (Washington, D.C. - March 18, 2011) The president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association today expressed concerns about the impact that the implementation of controversial new assessments on dairy imports will have on trade. "We trade with more than 150 countries and continually advocate for open markets and trade policies that comply with international laws," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "This international tax does not help expand our U.S. dairy export markets and has been widely opposed by our trading partners." ...
  • March 16, 2011

    Political Strategist Karl Rove to Headline International Dairy Show

    Contact: Jeannette Roeder(202) (Washington, D.C. - March 16, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association today announced that Karl Rove, who served as senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, will lead off the International Dairy Show in Atlanta. Known as "the architect" of President Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove has been called a master political strategist. He will share his view of the political landscape leading up to 2012 elections and outline the challenges he sees ahead for the country during the Signature Session on Monday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. The ...
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