NMPF Statement on Round 4 of NAFTA Negotiations

NMPF Statement on Round 4 of NAFTA Negotiations   ARLINGTON, VA – “We are pleased that U.S. trade negotiators have told Canada that its problematic dairy policies must be addressed in the negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “The proposal advanced by the U.S. Trade Representative is the right approach to move dairy trade between our two countries closer to the free trade relationship that exists for most other agricultural products under NAFTA. For too long, Canada’s exorbitant tariffs on dairy imports – in the range of

NMPF Pokes FDA for Taking Action Against Granola Made with “Love,” But Not “Milks” Made from Plants

NMPF Pokes FDA for Taking Action Against Granola Made with “Love,” But Not “Milks” Made from Plants   ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent enforcement action against a Massachusetts granola maker for listing “love” as an ingredient in its product is a clear indication that the agency has time and resources to enforce regulations against the use of the term “milk” on the labels of plant-derived dairy imitators, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today. In a letter to FDA, NMPF pointed out that

CWT Assists with 961,216 Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales

CWT Assists with 961,216 Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales   ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted five requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), and Tillamook County Creamery Association that have contracts to sell 740,753 pounds (336 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese as well as 220,462 pounds (100 metric tons) of butter to customers in the Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from October

NMPF, Dairy Industry Organizations Announce Support for Legislation Creating New Agriculture Guest Worker Program

NMPF, Dairy Industry Organizations Announce Support for Legislation Creating New Agriculture Guest Worker Program Goodlatte’s AG Act Reflects Key Goals of Dairy Producers Seeking Changes in Immigration Policy   ARLINGTON, VA – A coalition of dozens of dairy farm organizations, led by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), is supporting new congressional legislation that would help address one of the most challenging issues affecting America’s milk producers: obtaining a dependable, legal workforce. A founding member of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, NMPF was joined by 57 dairy cooperatives and state dairy

U.S. Food Producers, Manufacturers Urge President Trump to Voice Serious Concerns to Japan, Mexico over EU Geographical Indications Lists

U.S. Food Producers, Manufacturers Urge President Trump to Voice Serious Concerns to Japan, Mexico over EU Geographical Indications Lists   WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter sent today to President Donald Trump, U.S. food industry groups representing farmers and food manufacturers across several sectors urged the United States to immediately impress upon Japan, Mexico and the Mercosur nations that the lists of geographical indications (GIs) they are considering for approval with the European Union (EU) – or will soon be considering – must not include common food and beverage terms

NMPF Asks Federal, State Regulators to Take Action Against Misleading Labeling of “Blue Magic” Milk

NMPF Asks Federal, State Regulators to Take Action Against Misleading Labeling of “Blue Magic” Milk New Campaign Will Draw Attention to Nutritional Deficiencies, Labeling Violations of Imitators   The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is calling on federal and state food regulators to take enforcement action against imitation dairy product “Blue Magic Cashew Milk” for continuing to ignore federal standards of identity for dairy products. In a letter sent today to the federal Food and Drug Administration, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, NMPF said that the continued

U.S. Dairy Industry Cautions Japan to Respect Current Trade Relationships During Review of EU’s List of Geographical Indications for Foods

U.S. Dairy Industry Cautions Japan to Respect Current Trade Relationships During Review of EU’s List of Geographical Indications for Foods WASHINGTON, D.C. – Japan’s agriculture officials must respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners, including the United States, when reviewing a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the European Union (EU), or else risk disrupting one of the world’s largest consumer marketplaces, the U.S. dairy industry urged today. In a letter to the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, leaders from the National Milk Producers

NMPF Supports Effort to Bring Clarity to EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Regulation

NMPF Supports Effort to Bring Clarity to EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Regulation   ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today that the dairy industry supports a two-step process to roll back the existing Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation and generate a new policy that provides farmers greater certainty in the future. NMPF has supported efforts by the Trump Administration since January to restart the regulatory process behind the controversial 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. NMPF provided

CWT Assists with 1.7 Million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales

CWT Assists with 1.7 Million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales   ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 9 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms and Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) that have contracts to sell 1.296 million pounds (588 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, and 385,809 pounds (175 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from September through December 2017.

CWT Assists with One Million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales

CWT Assists with One Million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales   ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 9 requests for export assistance from member cooperatives that have contracts to sell 760,600 pounds (345 metric tons) of Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese, and 275,600 pounds (125 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from September through December 2017. So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 53.851 million pounds

Guestworker Program to be Reintroduced

Guestworker Program to be Reintroduced Guestworker Program to be Reintroduced In an announcement made Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R.-VA., released plans to reintroduce a guestworker program bill that will help dairy operations and agricultural-related businesses find year-round workers. The bill is a rework of a previous piece of legislation proposed in 2013. This guestworker program, entitled the “Agricultural Guestworker Act” (AG Act), is designed to be a “more efficient and flexible guestworker program — known as H-2C — that is designed to meet the needs of the

Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships

Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships by Tom Vilsack, August 16, 2017 With the first round of NAFTA talks beginning today, it’s wise to consider the value of business goodwill flowing across borders. Read Dairy Exports to Mexico Create Nearly 25,000 Jobs and Countless Friendships SaveSave

CWT Assists with 1.6 Million Pounds of Cheese Export Sales

CWT Assists with 1.6 Million Pounds of Cheese Export Sales   ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 11 requests for export assistance from Bongards Creamery, Dairy Farmers of America and Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold). These cooperatives have contracts to sell 1.601 million pounds (726 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia and the Middle East. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from August through November 2017. So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have

Comments from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland

Comments from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF:   ARLINGTON, VA – “In her speech to Parliament today, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland seems to want it both ways – free trade with the United States in areas where Canada is competitive, but high protectionist walls when it comes to keeping out U.S. dairy imports. Moreover, Minister Freeland’s comments Monday about the dairy trade elements of the upcoming NAFTA talks are completely misleading. “For too long, Canada has relied on government controls

Letter to FDA from Good Foods to Seek Changes in Dairy Food Definitions

Letter to FDA from Good Foods to Seek Changes in Dairy Food Definitions From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF ARLINGTON, VA – “The Soy Foods Association’s 20-year-old petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is as inappropriate today as it was when it was filed in 1997, and the Good Foods Institute (GFI) is mistaken for trying to revive those old arguments today. Nothing has happened in the intervening time period to allow the combination of soy powder, water, emulsifiers, stabilizers, sugar, sodium and added vitamins to

Dairy Farmers Discuss Policy Priorities During Capitol Hill Visits

Dairy Farmers Discuss Policy Priorities During Capitol Hill Visits Meetings Focus on Industry Issues Including Farm Bill, Food Labeling, Trade & Immigration   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dairy farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill today as part of the National Milk Producers Federation’s annual young farmer fly-in to Washington, where in more than 200 meetings they asked lawmakers for action on a handful of issues important to the dairy sector. More than 70 farmers from 21 states visited their House and Senate members Tuesday as part of their role