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  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
    May 01, 2017

    Dairy Industry Applauds USDA Secretary Perdue for Supporting School Milk Options

    Dairy leaders thanked newly confirmed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for recognizing the important role school milk plays in ensuring school-aged children get the nutrition they need. In one of his first actions as Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue visited Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will implement regulations to allow school districts to again offer low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. “Today Secretary Perdue took an important step toward bringing back lunchroom favorites – low-fat chocolate and strawberry milk – that students have been missing,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy.
  • April 28, 2017

    Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

    A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications– particularly by the European Union. The U.S. dairy industry joined the Consortium for Common Food Names in hailing the report for sending a strong, positive signal on how the new administration plans to tackle these types of trade and intellectual property issues to preserve jobs and safeguard global opportunities for U.S. companies.
  • April 27, 2017

    Bipartisan Congressional Letter Voices Support for Tackling of Canada’s Protectionist Dairy Practices

    Adding to the groundswell of recognition that Canada’s protectionist dairy policies are harmful to U.S. dairy exports, a bipartisan group of 68 members of the House of Representatives wrote to President Donald Trump yesterday urging him to insist that Canada comply with its dairy trade commitments, including those under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At a time when questions are arising about the future of the U.S. role in NAFTA, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) said the 25-year-old pact is a critically important agreement that needs to be modernized, not withdrawn from, as they praised the congressional letter’s focus on ways to improve upon the existing NAFTA trade relationship.
  • April 13, 2017

    Dairy, Ag Groups Urge President Trump to Act Immediately to Halt Canada’s Continued Disregard of Trade Obligations

    The U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials today urged President Donald Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s repeated and escalating disregard for its trade obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Most recently, Canada implemented a new national pricing policy that blatantly blocks American dairy exports and will enable significant dumping of Canadian dairy products onto the world market. As a result, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable economic hardship and possibly force them to go out of business.
  • April 10, 2017

    ProFood Tech Brings Together 9,500 Food & Beverage Professionals

    Nearly 6,500 attendees with buying power and 3,000 exhibitor personnel came together this week to make the first-ever ProFood Tech a huge success. Held April 4-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, ProFood Tech showcased cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions within the ever-evolving food and beverage industry. Powered by three of the world’s trade show leaders – PACK EXPO, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) – the biennial show was unprecedented in its ability to bring the industry together and address the key issues facing food and beverage processing operators in North America.
  • April 05, 2017

    Canada’s Dairy Trade Actions Hurting Rural America, U.S. Dairy Groups Urge Federal and State Governments to Retaliate

    U.S. dairy organizations today urged the Trump Administration to fight back against protectionist Canadian trade policies that are slamming the door to American dairy exports in violation of existing trade commitments between the two nations. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) called on the federal government, and on governors in northern states, to take immediate action in response to Canada’s violation of its trade commitments to the United States.
  • March 22, 2017

    IDFA President and CEO Urges Congress to Address Risk Management for Milk Processors and Farmers in Testimony before House Agriculture Committee

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified today before the House Committee on Agriculture about dairy policy and its impact on potential provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Dykes said that IDFA’s top priority is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products—both at home and in the global market.
  • March 20, 2017

    Baked, Buttery Flavors ‘Take the Cake’ at IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference

    Sweet Me Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Ice Cream, Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Cool Mint Sandwiches were named the most innovative ice cream products at the International Dairy Foods Association's annual Ice Cream Technology Conference this month in Henderson, Nev. The Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition, which showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream makers and flavorings suppliers, captured several upcoming flavor trends in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry.
  • (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.
 
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