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  • December 10, 2019

    Statement from IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes on USMCA Progress

    IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes comments on progress of USMCA in the House of Representatives, signaling a clear path for the deal to be approved.
  • October 01, 2019

    EU-Indonesia Trade Dispute Should Benefit US Dairy, Says IDFA

    The USDA trip to Indonesia comes a pivotal moment, as emerging trade tensions between the European Union and Indonesia could benefit U.S. dairy.
  • September 25, 2019

    IDFA Statement: US-Japan Trade Deal Step In Right Direction, But More Needed to Achieve Level Playing Field for US Dairy

    The U.S. dairy industry is very pleased to see that the United States and Japan have reached an agreement that will reduce tariffs on U.S. exports of certain food and agricultural goods to Japan’s growing market. Although full details of the agreement have not been released, we are confident this deal is a step in the right direction and will help to improve our current market position with Japan.
  • September 23, 2019

    Leading Health Experts Recommend Kids Under 5 Drink Only Cow’s Milk and Water

    Dairy milk is one of the healthiest things we can serve our kids, according to a panel of leading health experts who strongly recommend parents make dairy milk a key part of their child’s diet beginning at 1 year of age.
  • July 25, 2019

    Statement from IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes on USMCA Press Conference at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) issued the following statement from Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO, on the USMCA press conference held today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
  • June 26, 2019

    Dairy Response to Organic-Industry-Funded Emory University Milk Study

    Contact: Matt Herrick, (202) 220-3537, mherrick@idfa.org WASHINGTON, June 26, 2019--A statement from the National Dairy Council, the International Dairy Foods Association, and the National Milk Producers Federation related to a study published today in Public Health Nutrition journal: “Milk is one of the safest foods you can buy. Regarding this new study, it is very important to note that information about the methodology used is so scant that serious flaws are likely to exist. Many of the key results raise red flags and leave more questions than answers, including a sample size that is not statistically valid, a four-year lag ...
  • May 17, 2019

    Statement from Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association on Section 232 tariffs

    The International Dairy Foods Association issued the following statement from Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association on Section 232 tariffs
  • March 29, 2019

    Dairy CEO Thanks Congressional Leaders for Supporting Timely Implementation of Farm Bill Dairy Provisions

    CONTACT: Heather Soubra, (202) 220-3551 hsoubra@idfa.org Letters to USDA Call for Prioritizing Dairy Provisions (Washington, D.C. – March 29, 2019) The International Dairy Foods Association issued the following statement by Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, regarding House and Senate letters sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging timely implementation of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 dairy provisions. The House letter, led by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Congressman G.T. Thompson (R-PA) was signed by over 70 members of the House, while the Senate letter, led by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and ...
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, delivers opening remarks at Dairy Forum.
    January 21, 2019

    Leading Dairy Forward

    "Welcome to Dairy Forum 2019!" said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, as he began his remarks. "It is great to see you here. Once again, we have a great turnout! I think this is a credit to the great people on my team at IDFA who spend a lot of time carefully putting this event together every year…for 34 years now. I think that it is obviously a credit to all of you who care deeply about our industry and relish the opportunity to learn, to network and maybe even enjoy a minute or two in the sunshine. It is powerful when the U.S. dairy industry comes together to discuss how we can work together to lead dairy forward! "
  • December 06, 2018

    Dairy CEO Commends USDA on School Meals Final Rule

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture today for releasing the final rule on school meals, which makes permanent the option for schools to offer low-fat flavored milk at each meal service. “We commend USDA’s commitment to provide students with access to a variety of nutritious and healthy milk options, including the flavored milks they enjoy,” Dykes said. “Milk is the #1 source of nine essential nutrients in student diets. Milk also is a source of three out of four nutrients of public health concern for under-consumption: potassium, vitamin D and calcium,” he said.
  • November 30, 2018

    Dairy CEO Calls Signing USMCA Without Lifting Section 232 Tariffs a ‘Hollow Victory’

    IDFA issued the following statement by Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, regarding the signing today of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during the G20 Summit Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Although we’re pleased that the three countries have taken the next step in moving the USMCA forward, the agreement is a hollow victory unless the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are lifted."
  • April 18, 2018

    IDFA Commends House Ag Committee on Approving a 2018 Farm Bill with Shared Solutions for Dairy

    The House Agriculture Committee today approved H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. IDFA thanked Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and members of his committee for approving a farm bill that includes key provisions for dairy. 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 ultimate enactment of a farm bill that offers enhanced risk management options for dairy processors and producers and establishes 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.
  • March 01, 2018

    IDFA Applauds Confirmation of Gregg Doud as USTR’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator

    IDFA released a statement by Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, regarding the confirmation of Gregg Doud as the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). “We welcome Gregg’s experience and expertise as the United States works to preserve the critically important dairy export market in Mexico, increase meaningful market access in Canada and seek new opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region,” Dykes said.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    February 08, 2018

    IDFA Applauds Policymakers for Including Assistance to Dairy Farmers in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, commended policymakers for including assistance for dairy farmers in the bipartisan budget bill currently under consideration by Congress. “The package will eliminate a $20 million cap on livestock insurance, allow new policies tailored to dairy farmers to be developed and bolster the Margin Protection Program,” Dykes said. “This effort sets us up to tackle the 2018 Farm Bill, due September 30, efficiently and effectively. It is a win for the dairy industry as a whole, and we are grateful to the members of the House and Senate who made it happen.”
  • February 02, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Progress on Gregg Doud’s Confirmation as USTR’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator

    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) yesterday released his hold on the nomination of Gregg Doud as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) chief agricultural negotiator. IDFA released a statement welcoming the move. “We need a strong voice for agriculture and hope the Senate will move forward on his confirmation quickly,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Preserving the dairy export market in Mexico, gaining greater market access in Canada and initiating bilateral trade agreements with markets in the Asia Pacific region are critically important to the continued growth of the U.S. dairy industry.” Sen. Flake, who instated the delay last November over some proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), removed the hold after securing agreements on parts of the trade pact with USTR. Doud will now have to be approved by the full Senate. A date for the confirmation vote has not been announced.
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