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  • House Speaker John Boehner
    November 19, 2014

    The Hagstrom Report Exclusive: Boehner Announces All New Committee Chairs

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the House Republican Steering Committee has recommended 17 committee chairs in the 114th Congress, including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) for Agriculture and Rep. John Kline (R-MN) for Education & the Workforce.
  • Senator Pat Roberts
    November 13, 2014

    Poised to Chair Senate Ag Committee, Roberts Pledges Not to Reopen Farm Bill

    Incoming Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) says that House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D-MN) is wrong to worry that he will reopen the farm bill, Jerry Hagstrom writes in his National Journal column on Tuesday.
  • October 09, 2014

    School Lunch Debate Continues

    The drama over school meals continues, following the publication of The New York Times Magazine article “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground.” The School Nutrition Association CEO wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times that called for “commonsense flexibility” in administering the healthier meals rules. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.
  • September 12, 2014

    Clinton-Heart Association Alliance: Healthy Food Sales to Schools Grow

    Food companies that signed agreements with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2011 to develop healthier school foods at competitive prices have seen increases in sales, according to the alliance, a joint project of the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.
  • September 04, 2014

    NextGEN Dairy Network Reaches 190 Members. Have You Joined?

    At least 190 dairy professionals have joined the NextGEN Dairy Network since IDFA launched the initiative this summer. Have you joined yet? Don’t miss out on special events like the NextGEN Symposium in October and content just for members, including “17 Tips To Survive Your Next Networking Event.”
  • August 13, 2014

    Meet Tristan Zuber of Cornell, IDFA’s NextGEN Partner

    IDFA and Cornell University are partnering this fall to offer the NextGEN Symposium, a leadership development opportunity for members of IDFA’s NextGEN Dairy Network. Working alongside IDFA staff is Tristan Zuber, dairy foods extension associate at Cornell, who is featured this month in the network's “10 Questions With” segment.
  • July 30, 2014

    Enhance Your Leadership Skills at New NextGEN Symposium

    Take advantage of the new NextGEN Symposium, October 6-8, at Cornell University. The symposium will feature dairy production, processing and distribution and is designed to enhance personal and professional networking, increase self-awareness and improve leadership skills to drive change within your company.
  • (L to R) David Ahlem, COO, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., and Lucas Fuess, dairy analyst, Glanbia USA, attended the inaugural NextGEN reception in June.
    June 04, 2014

    NextGEN Dairy Network Gains 167 Members; Have You Joined Yet?

    Since the launch of IDFA’s NextGEN Dairy Network, 167 dairy professionals have joined. The first NextGEN reception was held June 25 in conjunction with Regulatory RoundUP and Washington Conference. Plans for more networking and training opportunities are in the works, so stay tuned! The network is open to all employees of IDFA member companies with less than 15 years of dairy industry experience.
  • David Ahlem, COO of Hilmar Cheese Company, is an advisor to the NextGEN Dairy Network.
    May 29, 2014

    IDFA Launches Career-Building Initiative for Dairy Professionals

    IDFA launched the NextGEN Dairy Network to help up-and-coming dairy industry professionals collaborate, network, solve problems and develop the skills necessary to hold leadership positions in their companies, as well as in IDFA and its constituent organizations. David Ahlem, COO of Hilmar Cheese Company, is an advisor to the NextGEN Dairy Network.
  • April 09, 2014

    Tipton Accepts Business-Government Relations Award

    The Bryce Harlow Foundation honored Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, with its 2014 Business-Government Relations Award for her “significant contributions to the advocacy profession through a lifelong career as an exemplary role model.” The foundation promotes the highest standards within the profession of lobbying and government relations.
  • March 13, 2014

    Democratic Hold on Senate 'Increasingly Tenuous'

    Several factors are playing key roles in increasing the likelihood that Republicans will win back the Senate in November, including the fact that midterm elections are notoriously bad for the party that holds the White House. Ashley Burch, IDFA assistant director of political programs, offers details in a recent blog post.
  • March 06, 2014

    2014 Election Snapshot – U.S. House and Senate

    Some analysts have estimated that there are fewer than 50 competitive seats out of the 435 members elected to the House, says Ashley Burch, IDFA assistant director of political programs, in her recent blog post. But this year may well be Republicans’ best opportunity in the next handful of election cycles to regain control of the Senate.
  • March 06, 2014

    2014 Election Snapshot of U.S. House and Senate Races

    Analysts estimate there are fewer than 50 competitive seats out of the 435 members elected to the House. In the Senate, Republicans may have the opportunity to regain control, while Democrats will be playing mostly defense. Ashley Burch, IDFA assistant director of political programs, explains why.
  • November 01, 2013

    Congress Gains Momentum with Hearings, Conference Committee Meetings

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized for the glitch-ridden Affordable Care Act website in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday, and took responsibility for fixing it.
  • October 24, 2013

    President Obama: Time Is Right for Immigration Reform

    During remarks at the White House on Thursday, President Obama reiterated his call for Congress to advance immigration reform, saying, “this is the moment when we should be able to finally get the job done.
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