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  • 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."
  • January 27, 2014

    IDFA Commends Farm Bill Conferees for Reaching Compromise on Historic Reform of U.S. Dairy Policies

    "IDFA commends the Farm Bill conferees for their hard work and we congratulate them on reaching a compromise that represents historic reform of our nation’s dairy policies. The agreement establishes a new margin insurance program for dairy farmers, which was included in both the House and Senate bills, and rejects the effort to have our government limit milk supplies."
  • October 30, 2013

    IDFA Encourages Farm Bill Conferees to Accept the House Dairy Title

    During the first day of Farm Bill conference committee meetings, IDFA strongly encouraged the conferees to accept the House dairy language and to include its provisions in the final bill. 
  • July 11, 2013

    Statement of Jerry Slominski, IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative and Economic Affairs, On House Farm Bill Vote

    “Today’s passage of the Farm Bill by the House of Representatives brings us one step closer to historic dairy policy reform and proves that we can help dairy farmers without raising the prices of dairy products for consumers and for government programs.
  • June 20, 2013

    Statement of Jerry Slominski, IDFA Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy, On House Vote on Goodlatte-Scott Amendment

    (<strong>Washington, D.C. – June 20, 2013)</strong> “IDFA commends the House of Representatives for voting, 291-135, to reform our dairy policies by establishing a new and expanded revenue insurance program for dairy farmers without imposing a controversial program that will have our government get into the business of limiting milk supplies, hurting consumers and costing American jobs. The momentum is now strongly against supply management for our dairy industry.  
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