USTR Begins USMCA Dispute Panel on Dairy Trade with Canada

On Tuesday, Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the U.S. has requested and established a dispute settlement panel under the USMCA regarding dairy trade. The request seeks to review measures adopted by Canada that “undermine the ability of American dairy exporters to sell a wide range of products to Canadian consumers.” The U.S. is challenging Canada’s […]

National Milk Producers Federation Working To Get Dairy Industry Vaccinated

The dairy industry is meeting vaccine hesitancy head on in an effort to get the shot in the arms of rural America. Theresa Sweeney-Murphy with the National Milk Producers Federation said organization has tried to make itself a resource throughout the pandemic, particularly on its website. “We kept an up to date list of where states […]

Dairy Groups Welcome U.S. Callout of EU Food Name Protections

The Consortium for Common Food Names, National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council recently commended U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tia for announcing an opinion on geographic indicators. USTR’s Special 301 Report, an annual publication tallying global challenges pertaining to intellectual property issues, called out the EU’s policy of blocking fair competition through the […]

NMPF: DAIRY PRIDE Act About Labeling Integrity

The National Milk Producers Federation said the new DAIRY PRIDE Act will ensure labeling integrity for dairy products. The legislation, recently reintroduced in the House and Senate, requires the Food and Drug Administration to enforce its own existing standards of identity on imitation dairy products. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen said the bill would clear up […]

Dairy Farmers to Seek Emergency USDA Hearing on Class I Mover Reform

The National Milk Producers Federation’s Board of Directors voted last week to request an emergency USDA hearing on a Federal Milk Marketing Order proposal. The proposal, NMPF said, would restore fairness for farmers in the Class I fluid milk price mover. The endorsement of the board, which represents dairy farmers and cooperatives nationwide, follows approval […]

Lawmakers Call On FDA To Stop The Use Of Dairy Terms On Non-Dairy Products

On Thursday, Idaho senator Jim Risch, Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin along with Idaho Representative Mike Simpson and Vermont’s Peter Welch introduced the Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, Milk, and Cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act; better known as the DAIRY PRIDE Act of 2021. The legislation would require non-dairy products made […]

Hanselman: Dairy Is Tough To Live Without

The National Milk Producers Federation is going on the offensive, telling the American people how important dairy is to their diets and everyday lives. The NMPF’s Miquela Hanselman said the argument that dairy isn’t important to human diets would be laughable if it were not so dangerous. Hanselman said several studies have linked dairy consumption […]

NMPF: COVID Has Highlighted the Need for The Farm Workforce Modernization Act

With the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, moving over to the Senate, many in the ag community are hopeful the legislation will be approved and move on to President Biden’s desk for his signature. Claudia Larson, Senior Director of Government Relations at the National Milk Producers Federation, said thanks to the pandemic, agriculture is facing different circumstances than […]

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Reintroduced

On Wednesday Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and California’s Zoe Lofgren reintroduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The lawmakers says the bipartisan bill, which passed the House during last year’s Congress, aims to ensure a legal, reliable workforce for America’s farmers and ranchers. Among other provisions, it would amend the H-2A program to allow a capped number […]

Vilsack Confirmed As Ag Secretary

By a 92-7 vote Tuesday, the Senate confirmed former Iowa Governor and two term Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to head the USDA yet again. There was really no debate Tuesday, but there was some bipartisan praise from Senate Ag chair Debbie Stabenow and ranking committee member John Boozman. “When it comes to strengthening our food […]