NMPF Celebrates Industry Collaboration and Innovation at 101st Annual Meeting in California

NMPF Celebrates Industry Collaboration and Innovation at 101st Annual Meeting in California   ANAHEIM, CA – The importance of increased collaboration across the dairy community, defending the good name of dairy foods, and pursuing innovative new marketing strategies were key themes this week here at the National Milk Producers Federation’s 101st annual meeting, where 800 attendees heard from their policy and promotion organizations on how to create more opportunities for the U.S. dairy industry. Hosted jointly by NMPF, the National Dairy Board and the United Dairy Industry Association, this year’s

Checkoff Leaders Highlight Keys To Industry’s Future at Annual Meeting

Checkoff Leaders Highlight Keys To Industry’s Future at Annual Meeting Focus on increased consumption, export potential, checkoff partnerships’ impact, and building trust   ANAHEIM, Calif. – The checkoff’s mission of growing sales and building trust is key to assuring a prosperous future for the dairy industry, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) CEO Tom Gallagher said during the 2017 joint annual meeting of the United Dairy Industry Association, National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in Anaheim, Calif. Speaking to more than 800 dairy farmers and industry

NMPF Building Support in Congress to Approve DAIRY PRIDE Act, Force FDA to Take Action on Mislabeled Dairy Imitators

NMPF Building Support in Congress to Approve DAIRY PRIDE Act, Force FDA to Take Action on Mislabeled Dairy Imitators   ANAHEIM, CA – Efforts to expose the deceptive labeling and marketing of plant-based products that exploit the nutritional halo of real dairy products continues to gain traction and “has these fake food marketers worried,” attendees here at the National Milk Producers Federation’s annual meeting heard this week by the organization’s leadership. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern told the organization that he remains committed to achieving passage in Congress of

Dairy Farmer Leader Receives Prestigious Lyng Award

Dairy Farmer Leader Receives Prestigious Lyng Award North Dakota’s Jerry Messer Recognized for Contributions to Dairy Promotion   ANAHEIM, Calif. – The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) honored Jerry Messer as the 2017 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. Messer, a dairy farmer from Richardton, N.D., was recognized at the Joint NDB/National Milk Producers Federation/ United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. The award is named for former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Richard E.

EU Supply Weighing on Global Markets

EU Supply Weighing on Global Markets Greetings! The U.S. Dairy Export Council is pleased to share the latest Global Dairy Market Outlook, our take on global dairy trade, international market drivers and U.S. performance. The European butter price has crashed from record highs, while dry ingredient markets continue to trend lower. EU milk production is back in growth-mode, up nearly 3% in Q3, and intervention stocks of powder continue to hang over the market. As a result, market sentiment has softened in recent months. Global demand has been good this

Dairy industry praises bill to allow low-fat flavored milk in schools

Dairy industry praises bill to allow low-fat flavored milk in schools   Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Joe Courtney, D-Conn., today introduced a bill that would allow schools to offer low-fat flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving as well as fat-free flavored milk in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows individual schools and school districts to determine which milkfat varieties to offer their students…….. READ MORE SOURCE……. http://www.thefencepost.com/news/dairy-industry-praises-bill-to-allow-low-fat-flavored-milk/   Dairy industry praises bill to allow low-fat flavored milk in schools

CWT Assists with 91,492 Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales

CWT Assists with 91,492 Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales   ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted two requests for export assistance from members that have contracts to sell 41,888 pounds (19 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese and 49,604 pounds (23 metric tons) of butter to customers in the Asia and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from November through December 2017. So far, this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 57.936 million pounds of American-type

Misbranded Dairy Imitations Mislead Americans, Require Enforcement Action, NMPF Tells FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

Misbranded Dairy Imitations Mislead Americans, Require Enforcement Action, NMPF Tells FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb   ARLINGTON, VA –U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s recent comments about the need for strong federal oversight of food labels are exactly what is needed to address the misleading labeling and branding of imitation dairy products, the National Milk Producers Federation said today. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, NMPF implored the agency to devote resources to prevent nutritionally inferior products from using the names of real dairy foods.

Three new sellers join GDT Marketplace

Three new sellers join GDT Marketplace   Global Dairy Trade announced today that three additional dairy ingredient suppliers have confirmed their participation on GDT Marketplace, its 24/7 dairy trading platform. The new sellers are: ·         Glanbia Ireland, Ireland’s largest dairy processor ·         Cayuga Milk Ingredients, a dairy co-operative from New York State, USA ·         Milligans Food Group Ltd, a New Zealand supplier of food ingredients. Eric Hansen, Director of Global Dairy Trade said GDT Marketplace’s strength in discovering new demand and communicating product range and availability to a global pool

NMPF Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Endorsing New Agriculture Guest Worker Program

NMPF Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Endorsing New Agriculture Guest Worker Program   ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation said today it supports the efforts by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and the House Judiciary Committee to pass legislation creating a guestworker program that provides a new opportunity for immigration reform in agriculture. The committee today approved the Agriculture Guestworker (AG) Act (H.R. 4092), which would establish an entirely new visa program, dubbed the H-2C visa, to allow farm employers to hire foreign workers on a year-round basis. The

Dairy Industry Applauds Introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017

Dairy Industry Applauds Introduction of School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017   (Washington, D.C) – The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded the introduction today of a bipartisan bill to help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools. The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT), would allow schools to offer low-fat and fat-free milk, including flavored milk with no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving, to participants in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs. The bill allows

CWT Assists with 1.8 million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales

CWT Assists with 1.8 million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales   ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 14 requests for export assistance from members Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and United Dairymen of Arizona that have contracts to sell 1.702 million pounds (772 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese and 144,403 pounds (66 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

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