06-23-17 NMPF Leaders Applaud European High Court Ruling Preventing Imitators from Using Dairy Names

NMPF Leaders Applaud European High Court Ruling Preventing Imitators from Using Dairy Names

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PARIS, FRANCE – The recent European Court of Justice ruling upholding European Union regulations that prevent plant-based dairy alternatives from using terms like “milk,” “cheese” and “yogurt” is a victory for the same battle occurring in the United States, leaders of the National Milk Producers Federation told their French dairy counterparts here today.

During a visit Friday with French dairy cooperative Sodiaal and the French Dairy Interbranch Organization (CNIEL), NMPF’s board officers applauded the European high court’s ruling that upholds the standards of identity and labeling for milk products, and emphasized that NMPF will continue to fight for the enforcement of existing U.S. dairy food regulations.

“The European Court of Justice did just what we’re asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do: Uphold and enforce current standards of labeling for milk and milk products,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO. NMPF is leading efforts on Capitol Hill to pass the DAIRY PRIDE Act, legislation that would require FDA to develop a timetable for enforcing standards of identity for dairy foods. Continue reading

06-14-17 NMPF: Dairy Farmers Discuss Policy Priorities During Capitol Hill Visit

Dairy Farmers Discuss Policy Priorities During Capitol Hill Visit

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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 as national leaders in the 2017 NMPF Young Cooperator (YC) program. The dairy producers discussed the challenges they currently face, and highlighted four priority policy issues that need Congress’ attention: Continue reading

06-12-17 Dairy Groups Pledge to Work with Trump Administration on NAFTA Modernization

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Dairy Groups Pledge to Work with Trump Administration on NAFTA Modernization

ARLINGTON, VA – Two leading dairy groups said today they will work with the Trump Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to make sure it safeguards open trade with Mexico and confronts increasingly protectionist dairy policies by Canada.

In joint comments sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) describe the existing North American dairy landscape as one in which U.S. dairy products flow relatively unhindered to Mexico but are curtailed by Canada’s increasing use of policy tools violating international trade obligations.

“NAFTA has accomplished a great deal over the past two-plus decades, but it has also been overtaken by new, unanticipated forms of trade and trade problems,” said Tom Vilsack, U.S. Dairy Export Council president and CEO. “We agree that NAFTA could use a facelift and our industry looks forward to working with the Trump Administration to explore ways to preserve and strengthen it.”

Since NAFTA’s implementation, the United States has shifted from being a consistent net importer of dairy products to being a significant net exporter. Over the past five years, cumulative U.S. dairy exports are more than double the import total.

“The relationship between the dairy sectors of the U.S., Mexico and Canada is of such great importance to all of our nations that we need to devote the time and effort to make it better,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.  “A modernized NAFTA agreement must preserve the open and dependable trade relationship with Mexico, and remove remaining barriers to trade that were not adequately addressed in the original agreement.” Continue reading

06-01-17 NMPF: World Milk Day Shines Light on Important Public Health Role of Dairy Foods

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NMPF: World Milk Day Shines Light on Important Public Health Role of Dairy Foods

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ARLINGTON, VA – As part of the commemoration June 1 of World Milk Day, the National Milk Producers Federation said the public health case for the consumption of milk and other dairy foods is stronger today than ever – a fact that is increasingly recognized by health experts and consumers in the United States and across the globe.

“Today’s celebration – which coincides with the start in the United States of national June Dairy Month – acknowledges the inimitable role that milk and other dairy foods play in our diets,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “The undeniable good news about dairy products starts with its unmatched value as a superfood – no other food source comes close to providing the same nutrition.”

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05-18-17 NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

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Federation’s Efforts Help Achieve Balance and Eliminate Ambiguities in Milk Regulatory Program

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) this week, as multiple NMPF-led initiatives won approval from the NCIMS delegates during their biennial meeting here.

The NCIMS is a national cooperative regulatory program that includes state milk regulatory agencies, dairy companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which work together to ensure the safety and integrity of Grade “A” dairy products. The six-day NCIMS meeting concluded Wednesday, after delegates approved approximately 40 of the 100 proposals offered to revise the conference’s model milk sanitation ordinance and supporting documents.

“NMPF appreciates the opportunity to advocate on behalf of our members and is proud of our relationship with the NCIMS Conference and its participants,” said NMPF Vice President for Dairy Foods Beth Briczinski. “The collaborative spirit of this year’s conference again demonstrated the NCIMS motto of ‘Assuring the Safest Possible Milk Supply for All the People.’” Continue reading

05-17-17 NMPF: State Milk Regulators Ask FDA for Assistance on Assuring Proper Use of Dairy Product Terminology

 

NMPF: State Milk Regulators Ask FDA for Assistance on Assuring Proper Use of Dairy Product Terminology

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Lacking Clear Direction, States Seek Guidance on Policing Labeling Inconsistencies

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH – State milk regulators today requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) work with them to enforce the proper use of milk and milk product labeling terms, especially those meant to distinguish between real dairy products and plant-based imitators – 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 for dairy products,” said Beth Briczinski, NMPF’s vice president of dairy foods and nutrition. Continue reading

04-28-17 NMPF: National Dairy FARM Program Releases Stockmanship Training Video with BQA

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NMPF: National Dairy FARM Program Releases Stockmanship Training Video with BQA

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ARLINGTON, VA –  The National Dairy FARM Program announced today the release of a stockmanship training video as part of the program’s partnership with the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

The 27-minute video is divided into several chapters, including “Point of Balance,” “Understanding the Flight Zone” and “Utilizing Tools to Effectively Move Cattle.” Each segment contains reminder points and multiple choice questions to test viewers on the content. The video can serve as a training resource to satisfy the FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 requirement for annual employee training.

The video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium, is available on the FARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish. Continue reading

04-24-17 NMPF Statement on Senate Confirmation of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

NMPF Statement on Senate Confirmation of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF

ARLINGTON, VA – “We congratulate Secretary Sonny Perdue on his confirmation by the Senate today, and we’re eager to work with him on the challenges facing the nation’s dairy farmers – issues he’s already indicated he will tackle at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Secretary Perdue knows that dairy farmers depend on export markets around the world and closer to home, which is why it is important for USDA to insist on preserving market access to key customers in Mexico, and demand that Canada plays by the international trade rules to which it has already agreed.  Continue reading

03-22-17 NMPF President Says Strengthening Dairy Safety Net Program Must be Priority as Farm Bill Discussions Commence

NMPF President Says Strengthening Dairy Safety Net Program Must be Priority as Farm Bill Discussions Commence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Congress begins its deliberations on the next farm bill, improvements to the dairy Margin Protection Program must be a top priority for lawmakers, said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, who spoke today before the House Agriculture Committee.

During the farm bill hearing on Capitol Hill, Mulhern told committee members that the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) is failing to live up to its intended role as a viable economic safety net for farmers, and that a series of changes is needed to restore dairy producers’ confidence in the program. Mulhern’s full testimony can be found here.

“While MPP was, and is, the right approach for the future of federal dairy policy, the program in its current form does not provide meaningful safety net support to the nation’s dairy farmers,” Mulhern said. Continue reading

03-07-17 NMPF Recommends Changes to Margin Protection Program to Make It Viable Safety Net for Farmers

NMPF Recommends Changes to Margin Protection Program to Make It Viable Safety Net for Farmers

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation Board of Directors today unanimously approved a series of recommended changes to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) that will restore several key elements first proposed by NMPF during development of the 2014 Farm Bill. These changes to the MPP will ensure an effective safety net for the nation’s dairy farmers – if the recommendations are adopted by Congress.

The recommendations range from changing the way dairy feed costs are calculated, to providing farmers greater flexibility in signing up for coverage and using other risk management tools. The four-point plan was developed by NMPF’s Economic Policy Committee, and reflects feedback from dairy producers, economists and members of Congress. It reflects several features originally proposed by NMPF that were subsequently weakened or eliminated as the 2014 farm bill was finalized.

“Improving the MPP to make it a more realistic, effective safety net is a key focus for our membership in 2017,” said NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney. “For dairy farmers to have confidence in the MPP, we need Congress to make these corrections as soon as possible.” Continue reading

02-28-17 NMPF Commends Executive Order to Begin Rollback of Waters of the U.S. Rule

NMPF Commends Executive Order to Begin Rollback of Waters of the U.S. Rule

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From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation

ARLINGTON, VA – “President Donald Trump’s decision today to roll back the controversial Waters of the U.S. regulation is a welcome development for the nation’s dairy farmers, who have been concerned by the continuing lack of clarity and certainty generated by this policy. Today’s action signals that the Trump Administration recognizes we need to go back and rethink the entire process that led us to this point.

“The Waters of the U.S. rule was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers in 2015, but was subsequently blocked by a federal appeals court, which has suspended nationwide implementation of the regulation. Today’s decision directs EPA to revise or rescind the rule that expanded the number of waterways that are regulated under the Clean Water Act. Despite NMPF’s best efforts to influence EPA’s work on this measure several years ago, we were disappointed with many aspects of the final rule.  Continue reading

02-14-17 NMPF: New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module Helps Measure Improvements in Dairy Sustainability

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NMPF: New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module Helps Measure Improvements in Dairy Sustainability

 

nmpf-new-logo-021417ARLINGTON, VA – In its continued effort to share the compelling story of continuous improvement on America’s dairy farms, the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES).

The Environmental Stewardship module joins the FARM Program’s two other pillars, FARM Animal Care and FARM Antibiotic Stewardship. The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability.

“America’s dairy farmers have long been active stewards of the environment,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “Farmers should be proud that, today, producing a gallon of milk uses 65 percent less water, requires 90 percent less land and has a 63 percent smaller carbon footprint than it did 70 years ago. The FARM Environmental Stewardship program captures more detailed data on these great advances, while at the same time presenting farmers with useful information that can help them improve their farms efficiency and use fewer natural resources, all while saving money.” Continue reading

01-03-17 NMPF, USDEC Statement on Selection of New U.S. Trade Representative

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NMPF, USDEC Statement on Selection of New U.S. Trade Representative

ARLINGTON, VA – “America’s dairy farmers and processors welcome the opportunity to work closely with Robert Lighthizer as the new U.S. Trade Representative. The role of the U.S. Trade Representative is critical to successful U.S. engagement with growing global markets. Mr. Lighthizer’s previous experiences as Deputy USTR, Chief of Staff for the Senate Finance Committee, and his direct private sector engagement in enforcing trade rules on behalf of his clients will serve him well in forging a path forward on trade policy that will benefit this country. Continue reading

12-07-16 Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

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Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) December 07, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report on the Colorado Ag News Network discussing several topics with RMFU’s Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

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11-02-16 Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland: Innovation Fair, Convention, Elections & More…

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Inside the RMFU with Communications Director Bob Kjelland: Innovation Fair, Convention, Elections & More…

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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 2, 2016 – The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is hosting its Annual Convention & Trade Show on Nov 11-12 @ the Embassy Suites in Loveland. In addition to that, on Nov 10th the RMFU is also hosting a brand new Inoovation Fair.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss both events in more detail si  RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland.

Here are the topics discussed within the interview:

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09-12-16 FARM Program, Merck Animal Health to Jointly Offer Animal Care Training Webinars for Version 3.0…

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FARM Program, Merck Animal Health to Jointly Offer Animal Care Training Webinars for Version 3.0

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ARLINGTON, VA – The Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program announced today it is teaming up with Merck Animal Health to offer a series of informational webinars as part of the FARM Version 3.0 rollout. This webinar series will further build upon the strong partnership between the Merck Dairy Care365® Program and the FARM Program that was established last year.

The National Milk Producers Federation and Merck Animal Health announced last summer that the two groups would collaborate to help ensure a comprehensive, industry-wide approach to employee training and animal care in the dairy industry. Through the partnership, dairy producers across the country have access to the tools, resources and workshops available through the Merck Animal Health Dairy C.A.R.E.™* Initiative, which is nicely designed to complement FARM. Continue reading

09-01-16 USDEC, NMPF Laud Senators Schumer, Baldwin for Urging Investigation of New Canadian Barriers…

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USDEC, NMPF Laud Senators Schumer, Baldwin for Urging Investigation of New Canadian Barriers

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today praised Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for urging an investigation into Canadian dairy pricing policies that have impacted current trade and stand to negatively affect U.S. dairy farmers and manufacturers, jeopardizing the country’s trade commitment to the United States.

In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Schumer and Baldwin expressed concern about Canada’s recently announced National Ingredients Strategy and its already active Ontario Class VI pricing program. According to the senators, these programs incentivize Canadian processors to use Canadian milk and dairy inputs, penalizing them for the use of imported dairy products. Continue reading

08-11-16 U.S., Mexican Dairy Industry Leaders Pledge Renewed Cooperation at Conclusion of Successful Dairy Summit…

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U.S., Mexican Dairy Industry Leaders Pledge Renewed Cooperation at Conclusion of Successful Dairy Summit

DENVER, COLO. – Concluding a successful two-day summit here, leaders of U.S. and Mexican dairy industry organizations yesterday pledged to work together to boost trade between the two countries, address mutual challenges and increase dairy consumption while also promoting milk production on both sides of the border. Continue reading

08-09-16 Inside the RMFU with member John Ellis: National Farmers Market Week, Trade, Crop Insurance & more…


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Farmers markets are where RMFU Member John Ellis sells his production(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN, CO Grower/Producer & RMFU Member John Ellis discusses several topics including:

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05-31-16 Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

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Inside the RMFU with Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 31, 2016 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion