January 16, 2020
For dairy, USMCA preserves the Mexican market, eliminates Canada’s Class 7 pricing program, increases market access to the Canadian market and strengthens provisions to protect common cheese names. U.S. dairy exports to Mexico and Canada totaled more than $2.1 billion in 2018, or roughly 40% of total U.S. dairy exports.
January 15, 2020
To put the importance of this development in perspective for America’s dairy industry: Over the next decade, China represents a $23 billion market opportunity for U.S. dairy, and it is essential to our producers and companies that we have a trade relationship with China that further levels the playing field for American dairy and provides expanded market access for our growing industry.
December 13, 2019
The dairy industry welcomes news of this phase one deal between the United States and China and the potential to begin negotiations on phase two that should further level the playing field for U.S. dairy.
December 10, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
Matt Herrick, (202) 220-3537, email@example.com 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
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
Heather Soubra, (202) 220-3551 firstname.lastname@example.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 ...
January 21, 2019
"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
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
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
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.