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  • June 24, 2015

    IDFA Applauds Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

    The Senate passed today “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” the TPA-2015 bill. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. "We thank all the Senators and Representatives who supported TPA and look forward to the President signing this important legislation into law as soon as possible,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “The U.S. dairy industry will continue to grow and prosper with increased trade opportunities, and TPA is critical to ensuring that U.S. dairy companies receive the best deal in future trade agreements.”
  • June 18, 2015

    IDFA Applauds House Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Bill; Urges Swift Passage in Senate

    IDFA commended the House of Representatives today for passing “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” the TPA-2015 bill, with a 218-208 vote. “We applaud the House for passing the TPA-2015 bill and hope the Senate will pass it next week so that it can move to the President for his signature, “said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “The U.S. dairy industry will continue to grow and prosper with increased trade opportunities, and TPA is critical to ensuring that U.S. dairy companies receive the best deal in future trade agreements.”
  • June 15, 2015

    International Dairy Show Expanded Floor 85 Percent Sold Out

    The International Dairy Show will be the largest it has been since 2009 when it was part of the Worldwide Food Expo. Eighty-five percent of available space is taken and the expanded show floor has already exceeded the 2013 numbers. The event, slated for September 15-18, 2015, will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
  • June 10, 2015

    Call for Nominations: 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The winner will be honored at the 2016 Dairy Forum, January 24-27 at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The deadline for nominations is August 14, 2015, and there is no entry fee. IDFA seeks nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that are improving on-farm efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches.
  • May 28, 2015

    IDFA Seeks Entries for 2015 Innovations Awards

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has announced that the IDFA Innovations Awards will return to the International Dairy Show this September. Created in 2011, the awards recognize excellence in product and service innovation and technology in the dairy industry. The Innovations Awards are open to all companies, and winners will be announced at the 2015 International Dairy Show, September 15-18, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
  • (L to R): Tom Imbordino of Dairy Foods magazine, Brandon Behnken of Kemps LLC and John Allan of IDFA.
    May 27, 2015

    Sweet and Savory Flavors Take Top Prizes at Dairy Products Contest

    Two cultured products – Yoplait Berry Pomegranate Yogurt & Juice and Dill Pickle Sour Cream Dip – were named the winners of the Innovative Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Contest last week in Minneapolis. Yoplait Berry Pomegranate Yogurt & Juice, a mix of yogurt and blends of fruit juices entered by Kemps LLC, took the honors for most innovative product. Dill Pickle Sour Cream Dip, submitted by Trilogy Essential Ingredients, Inc., was named the most innovative prototype product or flavor.
  • May 21, 2015

    Dairy Groups Praise Diplomatic Struggle against Additional Restrictions on Common Food Names

    The dairy industry today praised U.S. representatives to a key international meeting for leading the fight against treaty changes that could seriously impair the ability of companies worldwide to use generic food terms in export markets.Among those potentially affected are U.S. dairy producers and processors relying on numerous generic cheese names. IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council jointly thanked the U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Diplomatic Conference on the Lisbon Agreement for calling attention to the treaty changes.
  • May 19, 2015

    IDFA and NMPF Commend Introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act

    A bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools will be introduced this afternoon by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT). The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015 focuses on preserving milk’s role in school feeding programs, while complying with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).
  • May 18, 2015

    U.S. Dairy Companies Urge Congress to Act Now to Reform COOL and Protect American Jobs

    The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final ruling today against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule will cause severe economic harm to U.S. manufacturing and agriculture without immediate congressional intervention, said the International Dairy Foods Association. With this final ruling, Canada and Mexico, America’s two largest export markets, will promptly move to institute retaliatory tariffs worth billions of dollars on U.S. food, agricultural and manufactured goods.
  • Jean Ragalie-Carr, RD, president of the National Dairy Council
    April 29, 2015

    Capitol Hill Briefing Focuses on the Role of Milk in Child Nutrition Programs

    A Capitol Hill briefing for House staff yesterday focused on a new report on “Fluid Milk in School Programs” by the National Dairy Council. It was hosted by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), both members of the House Agriculture Committee. The National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association strongly support the National Dairy Council’s report and helped coordinate the briefing.
  • April 27, 2015

    IDFA Applauds House and Senate Committees for Advancing Trade Promotion Authority Bill

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today released the following statement in response to the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee favorably reporting out “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015” (TPA-2015).
  • April 22, 2015

    Consumer Protection, Taxpayer Groups and Small Business Trade Associations Urge USDA to Review Federal Milk Marketing Orders

    Consumer protection organizations, taxpayer watchdog groups and small business trade associations joined national and state-based small business associations in commenting on whether there is continued need for the Federal Milk Marketing Order system. The groups said because the federal orders are designed to raise the price of milk, they have a negative effect on the income and food benefits of federal food program recipients and they raise taxpayer costs of government feeding programs that include milk.
  • April 16, 2015

    IDFA Supports Bipartisan TPA Legislation; Urges Quick Passage

    IDFA applauded the introduction today of the “Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This legislation would help open the door to new markets for U.S. goods and services, boost U.S. economic growth and support well-paying U.S. jobs. "TPA is key to making sure the U.S. dairy industry gets the best possible outcomes in trade agreements, and we strongly encourage Congress and the President to work together to enact it as soon as possible," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO.
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    April 08, 2015

    Bakery Treats and Wild Berries Top Trends in Annual Ice Cream Flavor Contest

    German Chocolate Cake, Black Raspberry Krunch Sundae and Hawaiian Wedding Cake Ice Cream were named the most innovative ice cream flavors at IDFA's Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition last week in St. Petersburg, Fla. The competition, which showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert makers, is a popular part of IDFA’s annual Ice Cream Technology Conference.
  • April 06, 2015

    Congress Seeks a Positive Market-Access Outcome for U.S. Dairy in Pacific Trade Pact

    The dairy industry praised the more than 75 House members who have urged the Obama Administration to negotiate a strong market-access outcome for the U.S. dairy industry in the Pacific Rim trade agreement. Led by the co-chairs of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, the House members sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, saying Canadian and Japanese dairy market barriers must be addressed in any final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to allow more U.S. dairy exports.
 
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