In this opinion piece, Michael Dykes, DVM, president & CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, urges Congress to compensate the men and women working on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic in food processing, food retail, food transportation, and throughout the food supply chain in the next coronavirus response package.
Though a grocery shopper may remain oblivious to the financial collapse of Dean Foods, a major milk processor and manufacturer, the industry is guessing how the firm's trip though Chapter 11 bankruptcy and expected sale to the Dairy Farmers of America will all shake out.
Dean Foods says it plans to leave the International Dairy Foods Association, saying one of the company’s key priorities – how to approach plant-based dairy alternatives using traditional nomenclature – is “no longer shared by the entire IDFA organization.”
The USDA announced today it will be buying up to $50 million worth of fluid milk in an effort to bring financial relief to the dairy industry, which is suffering from high production and foreign trade tariffs.
President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to pull the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement have kept the U.S. ag sector on edge for months, and farm sector leaders are expressing concern that Trump may have no intention of allowing the current NAFTA negotiations to succeed.
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2017 - Two veterans of national regulations affecting agriculture told a dairy industry conference this week not to count on a quick end to unhelpful rules affecting the farm sector.