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Statements & Speeches

  • November 29, 2012

    IDFA Statement on Reverting to Dairy Policy from the Agricultural Act of 1949

    <em>Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on reverting to dairy policy from the Agricultural Act of 1949.</em> “Congress is not required to pass a five-year farm bill to prevent the higher support level for dairy farmers, as some have suggested. Congress has several other options available, including repealing the underlying 1949 Act . . .
  • July 17, 2012

    IDFA Praises Successful USDA HealthierUS Schools Challenge; Standards Include low-fat milk, other low-fat dairy products

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong, (202) 220-3508, parmstrong@idfa.org (Washington, D.C. – July 17, 2012) Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on USDA’s successful expansion of its HealthierUS Schools Challenge program. Dairy products are an important part of the program’s nutrition standards. “We applaud USDA for its success in certifying more than 3,700 schools in the HealthierUS School Challenge to boost the health and nutrition of the nation's schoolchildren. This includes nearly 1,500 more schools than the original program goal. “We are encouraged by the success of the program because milk and dairy play ...
  • July 11, 2012

    IDFA Encouraged by Support for Goodlatte-Scott Amendment; Disappointed in House Ag Committee Vote

    Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, issued this statement on the House Agriculture Committee vote on the bipartisan amendment to the Farm Bill offered by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. David Scott (D-GA). The amendment would have stripped a supply management provision from the Dairy Security Act and offered the safety net of a margin insurance program with no strings attached.
  • June 05, 2012

    IDFA Urges Senate to Adopt Compromise Position on Dairy Security Act Provision

    Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued this statement on the Senate moving the Farm Bill to the floor for debate. “IDFA remains opposed to the dairy title that is included in the Farm Bill as passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee. The new dairy supply management program in the bill will hurt exports, encourage imports and limit job growth in the dairy processing industry."
  • April 26, 2012

    IDFA Commends Senator Bennet for Introducing Farm Bill Compromise

    Remains Hopeful That Program Will Be Removed Through Action on the Senate Floor (Washington, D.C. – April 26, 2012) Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on the Senate Agriculture Committee’s vote to approve the 2012 Farm Bill and move it to the Senate floor. The bill includes a dairy market stabilization program, first introduced in H.R. 3062, the Dairy Security Act, by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), which will raise consumer prices, hurt exports, cost thousands of new jobs and stifle investments in new facilities. “We commend ...
  • April 24, 2012

    IDFA Applauds Margin Insurance Amendment Offered by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet

    (Washington, D.C. – April 24, 2012) Jerry Slominski, senior vice president for legislative and economic affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association, issued the following statement on the amendment offered by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) to the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) mark of the 2012 Farm Bill. The amendment would strike the dairy market stabilization program that is included in the draft and based on H.R. 3062, the Dairy Security Act offered by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), and replace it with a stand-alone margin insurance program for dairy producers. “We applaud Senator Bennet for his leadership and ...
  • March 23, 2012

    Statement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO, on the Future of U.S. Farm Policy: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill

    (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

    Statement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO, on the Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing for Risk Management and Commodities in the 2012 Farm Bill

    (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

    Statement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO, to Chairman and Majority Members of the House Committee on Small Business

    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

    Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Should Reject Dairy Security Act

    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

    Statement of Jerry Slominski, IDFA Senior Vice President, on Senate Amendment 872 Introduced by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) and Co-Sponsored by Senator Snowe (R-ME)

    UPDATED: OCTOBER 20, 2011 Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.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

    Statement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO, on the Dairy Advancement Act of 2011

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.org (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

    Statement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO, on the “Rural Economic Farm and Ranch Sustainability and Hunger Act” (S. 1658 and H.R. 3111)

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.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

    Statement of Connie Tipton, IDFA President and CEO, on the Dairy Security Act of 2011

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.org (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

    Update on EPA Radiation Testing of U.S. Milk Supply

    Contact: Marti Pupillo mpupillo@idfa.org (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 ...
 
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