March 23, 2012
(Washington, D.C. – March 23, 2012) "I commend the House Agriculture Committee for holding the field hearing today on the Future of U.S. Farm Policy: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill. IDFA has nearly 80 member companies in Illinois that employ over 12,000 constituents. "The committee is facing a very difficult task in developing a Farm Bill that will save billions of dollars over the coming years. Yet, before the committee endorses and funds programs for an entire array of commodities, it should consider whether dairy farmers deserve basic catastrophic insurance or other risk management tools without also being subjected ...
March 15, 2012
(Washington, D.C. – March 15, 2012) I commend the Senate Agriculture Committee for holding the hearing today on how the federal government can provide appropriate and cost effective risk-management tools for farmers. Although I recognize that the committee’s time is limited, it is unfortunate that dairy is not represented on your panels as our nation’s dairy industry is in the middle of a heated, and very unresolved, debate over its future. The committee is facing a very difficult task in developing a farm bill that will save billions of dollars over the coming years. Yet, before the committee endorses and ...
February 16, 2012
Roundtable on "The Interests of America's Small Businesses in the Next Farm Bill" (Washington, D.C. – February 16, 2012) "Thank you for the invitation to discuss the Farm Bill and its impacts on small businesses. IDFA represents the nation's milk, cheese and ice cream manufacturers – both large and small. It is a common misconception that IDFA represents just large companies; however, over half of our dairy manufacturing companies are small businesses. We appreciate the openness of this committee to hear from our members. "Most people are surprised to learn about the level of government intervention in the dairy industry ...
November 17, 2011
Statement by Connie Tipton, President and CEO,
International Dairy Foods Association (Washington, D.C.—November 17, 2011) "I have been in Washington a long time now, and I am very concerned about the direction our nation is taking. Our government’s deficit spending is not sustainable, and I commend Congress for its hard work in addressing this problem. But the way the supercommittee process is being used to enact the next farm bill is wrong. The Budget Control Act directed the authorizing committees to submit their “recommendations and legislative language” to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction by October 15. We now are ...
October 19, 2011
UPDATED: OCTOBER 20, 2011 Contact: Peggy Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org
(202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. — October 19, 2011) “IDFA applauds Senate Amendment 872, "Stop the Peterson Bill," introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and co-sponsored by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME). This bipartisan amendment will prevent implementation of a controversial supply management program for the dairy industry, offered by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), that we have learned will be included in the recommendations of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. “Senator Gillibrand represents a leading dairy state and is very aware of the importance of good ...
October 12, 2011
Contact: Peggy Armstrong email@example.com
(202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 12, 2011) "Now we are getting somewhere. The Dairy Advancement Act offered by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) moves the dairy industry toward consensus on a path forward. Most importantly, the bill will not hamstring our industry with a new government program to limit milk supply as does the controversial Peterson proposal. It sets no limits on the ability of dairy farmers to grow their businesses and offers a safety net without strings attached. "Although this bill moves us in the right direction, the unwillingness of the National Milk Producers Federation to ...
October 06, 2011
Contact: Peggy Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org
(202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 6, 2011) "Dairy policy continues to be highly controversial. The International Dairy Foods Association, representing milk and dairy manufacturers and 200,000 jobs across the country, opposes S. 1658 and H.R. 3111 because they would limit the U.S. milk supply and raise milk prices. The bills also fail to reduce the regulatory burden, caused by our antiquated and unnecessary milk pricing system, on the dairy industry. “To find consensus on dairy policy in the short term, Congress should focus on expanding risk management tools for dairy farmers, not expanding government regulations and ...
September 26, 2011
Contact: Peggy Armstrong
(202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2011) “The Dairy Security Act of 2011 continues a complex, government milk pricing system that forces higher prices on fluid milk and penalizes producers who want insurance by forcing them to accept mandatory supply controls. Unfortunately, these provisions are unacceptable to our members and we oppose H.R. 3062. “IDFA opposes milk pricing regulations that increase the already significant regulatory burden on processors, put pressure on declining milk sales, and increase costs for consumers, as well as many government nutrition and feeding programs that are already stretched to serve Americans who are ...
April 04, 2011
Contact: Marti Pupillo email@example.com
(202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. -- April 4, 2011) The following statement is in response to questions regarding the effect of the Japan accident on the U.S. milk supply:
Rest assured, the U.S. milk supply is safe for everyone to drink, including children and infants. The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have stated that there is no public health concern in the United States as a result of the nuclear accident that occurred in Japan. Consumer safety is the highest priority for dairy farmers and dairy foods companies, and the U.S. dairy industry will ...
January 24, 2011
June 16, 2010
(Washington, DC -- June 16, 2010) Good afternoon and welcome to our Washington Conference. It's good to see such a large group, and I thank all of you for taking the time to come to D.C.
Never have we had such an active agenda in Washington on issues that
impact your business, and that means it is especially important for
lawmakers to hear from you.
Before we jump into the issues briefing, I wanted to say a few words about a
topic that has become increasingly troubling to me in the last few months –
and that's the growing interest among some dairy groups ...
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