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IDFA Announces 2022 Dairy Forum in California

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is pleased to announce that registration for Dairy Forum 2022 opens today. Dairy Forum is back live and in person in 2022 in sunny Palm Desert, Calif. The event will challenge participants with the latest thinking on leadership, policy, technology, people and workforce, economics, and innovation. Dairy Forum is where industry leaders discover NEW …

Chef Finalists For CaDairy2Go Competition Cook Off In NAPA

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) announced chef finalists in the inaugural CADairy2Go foodservice competition – a spotlight on “to-go” meal innovation. The competition, which will award prize money totaling $22,500 for creative use of California cheese and dairy in off premise dishes, will culminate with a live cook off event July 28that the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, …

IDFA Welcomes 30 Future Dairy Industry Leaders Into NextGen Leadership Program

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that 30 future leaders of the dairy industry have been accepted into the third class of the NextGen Leadership Program, a signature program of IDFA’s People Strategy. This incredible group of emerging leaders was selected based on their experience and scope of responsibility within their organizations. They represent the broad diversity of …

Ice Cream Sales and Production Hot Ahead of National Ice Cream Day

With National Ice Cream Day just around the corner, Americans are lining up at scoop shops and grocery checkout lines at near-record numbers to get their favorite flavors of ice cream. Recent data provided to the International Dairy Foods Association show hard ice cream production for the first five months of 2021 running ahead of last year when hard ice …

FDA Final Rule Threatens to Remove Popular Yogurt Products from Grocery Store Shelves and Harm Dairy Foods Makers

Dr. Joseph Scimeca, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), issued the following statement on IDFA’s formal objection to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration final rule to amend and modernize the standard of identity for yogurt: “After 40 years of waiting since FDA first issued standards for yogurt, the FDA dropped …

NIFA Invests $14M in Animal Health & Disease Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced an investment of $14 million in research to protect agricultural animals from disease. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Diseases of Agricultural Animals program area priority. “Animal health is critically important to farmers and ranchers,” said NIFA director Dr. Carrie Castille. …

CDFA Announces Results of Controversial Dairy QIP Referendum

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (Department) recently conducted a referendum vote among California Market Milk Producers within the State of California to determine whether the Quota Implementation Plan (QIP) effective November 1, 2018, should be amended to equalize regional quota adjusters such that the quota premium in all counties equal 1.43/cwt., and to terminate the QIP effective March …

Dairy Industry Urges Renewal of Trade Promotion Authority

To foster further expansion of U.S. dairy exports, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) called upon the Biden Administration to seek renewal of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) following its expiration today. TPA lays out congressional expectations for trade agreements negotiated by the Administration and establishes a clear pathway for straightforward congressional input. …

California Dairies, INC. Announces Launch Of Farm-To-Consumer Sustainability Effort

California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), the largest dairy farmer-owned cooperative in California and second largest in the United States, today announced the formal launch of an initiative aimed at measuring, validating, and further improving sustainable business practices. CDI has assembled a team of experts in the field of sustainability across numerous priority areas: from environmental stewardship to employee welfare to animal …

Western United Dairies Announces Aubrey Bettencourt as Director of Sustainability

Western United Dairies – Continuing to provide resources and services for California’s dairy and cattle community, Western United Dairies (WUD) has hired Aubrey Bettencourt as the new Director of Sustainability, a position made possible by the California Cattle Council to benefit all dairy farmers, statewide. As Director of Sustainability, Bettencourt will support farmers in cultivating a shared vision of sustainability …

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