NMPF: New Federal Dietary Guidelines Are Good News For Dairy

In late December, the USDA rolled out the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In the updated DGA, the federal government continued to recommend three servings of low-fat and non-fat dairy products for a healthy diet. In addition, not only did dairy remain its own group, dairy was recognized as a source of under-consumed nutrients, such […]

USTR Is Taking Action on U.S. Dairy Access to Canada

The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation applaud the announcement that the U.S. Trade Representative is taking action on Canada’s dairy policies. Robert Lighthizer will initiate official consultations with Canada to examine the administration of its Tariff Rate Quota obligations for dairy. The two U.S. dairy organizations have long raised an […]

NMPF Urges USDA to Extend DMC Signup Deadline

The National Milk Producers Federation is urging the USDA to extend signup for the 2021 Dairy Margin Coverage to January 30th, 2021. The extension, NMPF said, allows dairy farmers to make better-informed choices while giving both milk producers and USDA staff strained by coronavirus-related challenges additional time to communicate. The current signup deadline of this […]

Dairy Already Introducing Itself to New Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Although it’s not been officially confirmed yet that Joe Biden is the new President, U.S. dairy is already working behind the scenes to make sure the industry remains top-of-mind for new officials in D.C. For example, the National Milk Producers Federation recently congratulated Joe Biden and reminded him that bipartisan solutions are the best solutions. […]

Groups Call for Stronger Approach to Preserving Common Food, Wine Terms

A coalition of agricultural groups is applauding a bipartisan letter sent this week by 111 members of Congress, urging stronger protections for American-made food and wine exports using common terms. The National Milk Producers Federation said the letter is an important message regarding the need for enhanced U.S. efforts to combat the European Union’s attempts […]

Dairy Industry Annual Meeting Notes Success Despite COVID-19

During a virtual annual meeting of dairy industry groups, Dairy Management Incorporated reflected on strategically adjusting business plans due to the impacts of COVID-19. They told farmers and industry representatives that this year’s results are due to industry unity, agility, and relentless relationship building. “The systems farmers have put in place work, and in normal […]

NMPF: FDA Must Enforce Fake-Dairy Rules

The National Milk Producers Federation wants the FDA to ensure imitation dairy product rules are properly enforced. On Thursday, the organization made the ask of the agency’s ombudsman, citing little indication of promised action. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, “The FDA’s Office of the Ombudsman must intervene to break the bureaucratic logjam.” The […]

NMPF: All Dairy Farmers Should Sign Up for DMC

The National Milk Producers Federation is urging all dairy farmers to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program. Enrollment in the program opened Tuesday. NMPF cites the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and the expectation of volatile dairy margins in the next year, in the need for DMC protection. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, […]

NMPF Supports Efforts to Modernize Animal ID and Disease Traceability Requirement

The National Milk Producers Federation has submitted comments supporting the USDA’s proposal on the use of Radio Frequency Identification Tags, RFIDs. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposes RFID tags as Official Identification in cattle and bison. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, “A national animal identification system can provide immediate access to […]

NMPF Reminding Farmers To Sign Up For CFAP

The National Milk Producers Federation reminds dairy farmers to sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. CFAP is the main method USDA is using to help farmers weather the COVID-19 pandemic. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen said dairy farmers have received nearly $2 billion, but there is more funding available. “We were one of the […]