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  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO
    February 15, 2017

    IDFA Commends Industry-Wide Efforts to Reduce Food Waste; Says Dairy Companies Can Make a Difference

    “The International Dairy Foods Association commends industry-wide efforts led by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to streamline and standardize the wording accompanying the date labels on packages," said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “While much food is wasted at the consumer level, dairy foods companies can play a leading role by educating consumers to better understand when a perishable food, such as milk, yogurt or cheese, should be thrown out or can still be consumed."
  • Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Tuten/Wikimedia Commons/CC0-Y-2.0.)
    January 19, 2017

    IDFA Statement on President-Elect’s Nomination of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

    The International Dairy Foods Association released the following statement by Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, on the decision by President-elect Donald Trump to name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the Secretary of Agriculture. “IDFA and our dairy foods company members look forward to working closely with Sonny Perdue in his new role as Secretary of Agriculture. While leading the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary Perdue will oversee many areas that are extremely important to the dairy industry, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the school breakfast and lunch programs, and, most recently, the national disclosure standard for foods made with genetically modified ingredients," he said.
  • January 05, 2017

    Dairy Groups Express Concern with Proposed Changes in WIC Feeding Program

    “The NAS Committee’s recommendations would undermine the nutritional value of the WIC program to needy Americans," said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, in a joint statement. "It is contradictory that the NAS report would both acknowledge that many WIC participants are not getting enough milk, yet at the same time suggest further reducing the milk served through the program."
  • October 05, 2016

    Carlin: There’s a Lot at Stake for Dairy in This Election

    In today’s DairyLine broadcast to producers, Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy, highlighted dairy issues that have been covered on the campaign trail and offered a few election predictions. For the presidency, he said, “I think it’s going to come down to which campaign does a better job of turning out its voters, particularly in important Electoral College swing states.” While he expects the House to keep a Republican majority, he said control of the Senate is “up for grabs.”
  • July 08, 2016

    IDFA Statement on the U.S. Senate Vote to Pass GMO Disclosure Bill

    The Senate voted last night to pass S. 764, the bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that would provide a national food disclosure standard for labeling foods made with genetically modified, or GMO, ingredients. “We commend the long list of senators who voted to pass the bill and move it forward. We now ask the U.S. House to take up the bill next week and send it to President Obama for his signature,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy.
  • May 20, 2016

    IDFA Says New Report is an ‘Important Step’ in Assessing TPP

    IDFA today released a statement in response to the International Trade Commission (ITC) report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “We applaud the long-awaited release of the ITC's investigation, which is an important step forward in assessing the benefits of the TPP,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president and general counsel. “While we still have concerns about implementation and enforcement on a number of critical issues that will determine how the agreement is likely to work in practice,” he said, “we are encouraged by the positive ITC report, and are hopeful that Senate and House leaders will approve the agreement this year.”
  • March 14, 2016

    Tipton Touts Power of Advocacy and Associations in Keynote Speech

    Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, delivered the keynote address to more than 200 association executives who met in Washington, D.C., last week for congressional visits on behalf of the American Society of Association Executives.
  • January 08, 2016

    Coalition Responds to Campbell Soup Decision on GMO Labeling

    The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food issued the following statement in response to the decision by Campbell Soup Company to label products made with GMOs. “While individual companies are free to make labeling decisions that are best for their businesses, it remains the overwhelming consensus that on-package labeling of foods made with GMOs is unnecessary, inherently misleading and will drive up food prices for consumers, with low-income Americans being particularly hard hit."
  • January 07, 2016

    Government’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines Affirms Role of Dairy Foods in Healthy Eating Patterns

    The final version of the 2015 federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) affirms the vital, unrivaled contribution made by dairy foods, and reminds Americans that they will continue to benefit from three daily servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy. In fact, the Guidelines note that current intakes of dairy foods for most Americans “are far below recommendations of the Healthy U.S.-Style Pattern,” and they call for a shift to consume more dairy products. Milk, cheese and yogurt are important answers to the question of how Americans should change their diets for the better.
  • December 18, 2015

    IDFA Applauds Repeal of COOL in Omnibus Spending Bill

    IDFA released a statement in response to the House and Senate passing “The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2015,” the omnibus spending bill that repealed the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) program. “The omnibus spending bill approved today contained a measure that was a true holiday gift to the dairy industry. By repealing the Country-of-Origin Labeling provisions that were out of compliance with U.S. trade obligations, Congress stopped imminent and expensive retaliation efforts against U.S. dairy products from our key trading partners. We applaud Congress for its determined efforts to fix COOL.”
  • November 19, 2015

    Tipton Addresses Asia Pacific Dairy Summit in Singapore

    Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, was a keynote speaker this week at the Asia Pacific Dairy Summit in Singapore. In her speech, “The Importance of the Asia Pacific Market to the U.S. Dairy Industry,” Tipton said the Asia Pacific region is “without question” the most dynamic sector of the global dairy industry today. It accounts for 40 percent of the global economy, includes the largest consumer markets in the world, has the fastest growing demand for dairy products and has the largest and fastest growing regions of milk production.
  • May 27, 2015

    IDFA Applauds Bipartisan Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Bill

    IDFA commends the Senate for passing “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” the TPA-2015 bill. “We applaud the Senate for working together in a bipartisan manner to advance the TPA-2015 bill. We encourage the House to take up the legislation and pass it as soon as possible,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. Trade Promotion Authority is critical to ensuring that the U.S. dairy industry receives greater market access from the two trade agreements currently under negotiation – the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”
  • February 19, 2015

    Dairy Industry Reaction to New Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report

    Statement from Jim Mulhern, President & CEO, NMPF; and Connie Tipton, President & CEO, IDFA: “We appreciate the commitment of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) to help Americans build healthy eating patterns."
  • January 21, 2015

    Dairy Processors Commend President’s Remarks on TPA and U.S. Trade Agreements

    IDFA issued a statement commending President Barack Obama on his comments in the State of the Union address regarding Trade Promotion Authority legislation and trade agreements. “We’re encouraged that the President’s call to pass legislation to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority was welcomed with bipartisan support by many members of Congress. A strong, bipartisan focus on modernizing TPA will have a tremendous, positive impact on the country’s economic growth and job creation,” IDFA said in the statement.
  • March 12, 2014

    IDFA Commends Senators Call for Push Back Against EU Efforts to Restrict Common Cheese Names

    "IDFA commends the 55 U. S. senators who have taken a strong stance against the European Union’s efforts to hinder our use of common food names. A letter coauthored by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) urges Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to reject the EU’s attempt in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations to claim exclusive use of common cheese names both here and abroad."
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