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  • October 11, 2016

    Economic Study Shows Billions of Dollars in Losses to U.S. Dairy Industry Under Abusive EU Geographical Indications Policies

    Surrendering to a European Union (EU) seizure of common food names would cost the U.S. dairy industry billions of dollars, slash domestic cheese consumption and increase prices for consumers, according to an analysis released today by Informa Economics IEG. “Under Europe’s GI policies, U.S. manufacturers would face a choice of abandoning markets for cheeses like feta and parmesan or selling them under names like ‘crumbly white cheese’ or ‘hard grated cheese,’” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA, which represents dairy processors domestically and internationally. “It’s not hard to imagine the problems those name changes would create and this report finally quantifies those impacts.”
  • September 12, 2016

    Dairy Groups Across the Globe Urge Trade Officials to Challenge New Protectionist Dairy Policy in Canada

    Dairy organizations in the United States, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and New Zealand today issued a joint letter to their respective trade and agriculture officials, expressing indignation about Canada’s recent actions to deepen its already prohibitive restrictions on dairy trade. The groups said Canada’s increasingly protectionist policies violate “international trade obligations, hold out the prospect of trade diversion with attendant global price-depressing impacts and are in conflict with the principles of free markets and fair and transparent trade.”
  • August 31, 2016

    Michael Dykes, Longtime Government Affairs Strategist, Policy Expert and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, to Lead IDFA

    IDFA has selected Michael D. Dykes, D.V.M., to replace Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. Dykes has spent his professional career leading and executing agricultural government affairs policies and strategies. He will work in transition with Tipton beginning in October and will assume the CEO role in January 2017. “Michael’s policy experience combined with his food and animal science background could not be a better fit for IDFA,” said Jeff Kaneb, executive vice president of HP Hood LLC and chairman of IDFA’s transition committee. “He brings energy, enthusiasm and a track record of success to IDFA.”
  • August 31, 2016

    IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Excellent Worker Safety Achievements

    IDFA recently announced the names of 137 dairy company operations that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates this year. This is the 13th year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker safety records of U.S. dairy companies. “We’re excited that the number of award-winning companies jumped by nearly 30 names this year. It’s clear that dairy foods companies continue to make workplace safety a top priority in all of their operations,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
  • July 29, 2016

    IDFA Commends President Obama for Signing GMO Disclosure Bill into Law

    President Barack Obama signed the GMO disclosure bill, giving consumers access to more product information and protecting the food supply system from a patchwork of varying state labeling laws for foods made with genetically modified, or GMO, ingredients. “We are grateful to President Obama for swiftly signing into law a bill that is vital for consumers and food manufacturers,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and legal counsel. “The new federal law explicitly preempts state GMO labeling laws, including Vermont’s, and will bring much-needed consistency to the marketplace.”
  • July 14, 2016

    IDFA Commends Congress for Passing GMO Disclosure Bill

    The International Dairy Foods Association commended Congress for taking quick action to pass S. 764, the bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), that will provide a national food disclosure standard for labeling foods made with genetically modified, or GMO, ingredients. The bill, passed last Thursday by the Senate, was taken up and passed today by the House of Representatives. The bill now will be sent to President Obama for his signature.
  • June 24, 2016

    IDFA Commends Senate Agriculture Leaders for Bipartisan Agreement on GMO Labeling, Urges Congress to Take Swift Action

    IDFA commended Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for finalizing an agreement that would establish a national standard for GMO labeling. IDFA urged Congress to act quickly to pass the bill.
  • June 08, 2016

    IDFA to Lead Dynamic New Conference Program at ProFood Tech

    ProFood Tech, a new event that will focus on processing technologies and innovations serving the food and beverage industry, will make its debut April 4-6, 2017, in Chicago. More than a trade show, ProFood Tech will offer a dynamic conference program led by IDFA. The program will be designed for professionals in business development, operations, plant management, engineering, research and development, quality assurance, sales, marketing and supply chain management. IDFA is accepting proposals for presentation topics and speakers through July 15, 2016.
  • June 08, 2016

    Call for Nominations: 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 19th annual Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Dairy Forum 2017, January 29-February 1, at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. The person nominating the winner will receive complimentary registration to Dairy Forum. Nominations must be submitted by August 19, 2016.
  • June 02, 2016

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2017 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 2017, January 29-February 1, at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Nominations must be submitted by June 30, 2016, and there is no fee to enter.
  • Charles Mack and Rebecca Leinenbach of Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. receive the award for Most Innovative Product from Tom Imbordino (far right), publisher of Dairy Foods magazine.
    June 02, 2016

    Salty and Tart Topped the Charts in Dairy Products Contest

    Sea Salt Caramel Milk and Coconut Key Lime Pie Chia Seed Yogurt were named the winners of IDFA’s Innovative Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Contest held last week in Indianapolis. Sea Salt Caramel Milk by Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., was named the most innovative product, and Coconut Key Lime Chia Seed Yogurt by Fruitcrown Products Corporation was the most innovative prototype product or flavor. The contest was sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine.
  • May 20, 2016

    IDFA Commends FDA for Responding to Issues with New Nutrition Facts Panel

    The International Dairy Foods Association today acknowledged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s update of the Nutrition Facts panel, welcoming the agency’s willingness to make some reasonable revisions to the Nutrition Facts panel prior to issuing its final rules, while continuing to express concern regarding the declaration of added sugars now required on the label.
  • May 18, 2016

    Dairy Industry Applauds School Milk Support, Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 Passed House Committee Today

    Dairy leaders applauded the House Education and the Workforce Committee for including key dairy provisions in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which was approved today by the committee. A bipartisan amendment by Congressman GT Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), specifically targeted at addressing declining school milk consumption, was unanimously approved. The bill will now move to consideration by the full House of Representatives.
  • May 09, 2016

    White House Asked to Challenge WHO Proposal Discouraging Dairy for Children up to Age 3

    The U.S. dairy industry today urged the White House to challenge a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal that would discourage the consumption of dairy products by young children, advice that contradicts the recommendations of respected national and global health organizations that endorse milk for its nutritional value. Dairy foods are doctor-recommended, but the bureaucrats at the WHO are about to overturn decades of sound nutrition and medical advice, charged the National Milk Producers Federation, the International Dairy Foods Association and the U.S. Dairy Export Council in a letter to the Obama Administration.
  • April 25, 2016

    Dairy Groups Thank Senators for Urging Action on Agricultural Issues in Trade Agreement with Europe

    The dairy industry praised a bipartisan group of 26 senators for urging U.S. negotiators to address the needs of agriculture – including key dairy issues – in any free trade agreement with the European Union. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the senators noted that the United States’ share of the European agricultural import market is shrinking due to both tariff and non-tariff trade barriers. “A final [trade] agreement that does not include a strong framework for agriculture could have a negative impact on Congressional support for this deal,” the senators said.
 
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