Dairy Welcomes NAFTA Action by USTR

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent …

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Milk Regulators Seek Proper Use of Dairy Product Terminology

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State milk regulators requested that the FDA work with them to enforce the proper use of milk and milk product labeling terms, a development the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) hailed as “the strongest statement yet that the abuse of dairy terms has gone too far.” “It’s time for FDA to work with state agencies in defending standards of identity …

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April Dairy Market Report

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The April Dairy Market Report from the National Milk Producers Federation and Dairy Management Inc. is out. In April, fluid milk sales showed the lowest volume decline in almost a year during November 2016–January 2017. American-type cheese consumption continued to outpace that of other cheeses during the same period. U.S. milk production continued to grow by around 2.5 percent, as …

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Michigan Dairy Farmer Says Changes Needed in #FarmBill18

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Dairy farmers in Michigan and across the nation need federal lawmakers to revise the safety net created in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide them adequate risk management protection, according to a dairy farmer from eastern Michigan who testified in Frankenmuth on Saturday at a Senate hearing. Darrin Siemen testified on behalf of Michigan Milk Producers Association and the National …

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Dairy D.C. Fly-In Builds Support for Trade with Canada, Mexico

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) organized U.S. dairy leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C., this week to urge Congress and Trump Administration officials to hold Canada accountable for its trade violations and hasten the repeal of Canada’s controversial new dairy pricing system. More than 40 farmers and dairy company executives …

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Dairy Applauds USDA Sec’s Support of School Milk Options

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The National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association thank Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for recognizing the important role school milk plays in ensuring school-aged children get the nutrition they need. Perdue visited Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., to announce that the USDA will implement regulations to allow school districts to again offer low-fat (1%) flavored milk …

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U.S. Dairy Comments on USTR Report on Common Food Names

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The U.S. dairy industry joined the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) in hailing a report on intellectual property issued by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlining the Trump Administration’s commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs). “Many countries protect legitimate GIs, including the United States,” said Jaime Castaneda, executive director for CCFN, an international alliance …

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NMPF Thanks Capitol Hill for Attention on Dairy Workforce

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked members of both the House and Senate for working to address the unique labor challenges that have long faced the dairy community. “We welcome these bipartisan efforts to shine a light on an issue so critical to dairy producers,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “Dairy farming is a physically demanding, 24-7, …

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Dairy Groups Urge Halt of Canada’s New Pricing Policy

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The U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials urged President Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s repeated and escalating disregard for its trade obligations under NAFTA. As a result of Canada’s new national pricing policy, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable …

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March Dairy Market Report

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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and Dairy Management Inc.’s March Dairy Market Report is now out. In January, the average U.S. all-milk price reached its highest level since the final month of the 2013-2014 price spike. At $10.54 per hundredweight, the Margin Protection Program (MPP) margin for November–December was the highest in two years. Also in January, dairy exports …

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