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Veteran Industry Expert to Focus on Environmental Issues

ARLINGTON, VA – Clay A. Detlefsen, an attorney and long-time industry specialist in dairy regulation and policy issues, will join the National Milk Producers Federation as senior vice president for regulatory and environmental affairs, the organization announced today. Detlefsen, who worked for the International Dairy Foods Association for a quarter-century, will also focus on legal issues as NMPF’s staff counsel after he starts on Aug. 18.

NMPF President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Mulhern praised Detlefsen for his knowledge of issues including FDA inspections, food safety and defense, workplace safety and, in particular, sustainability and the environment.

“Clay is already recognized as a trusted voice on many issues facing our industry,” Mulhern said. “He will enhance our existing resources on many fronts, and, most important, his addition will enable us to increase our focus on the environmental challenges and opportunities that dairy farmers and their cooperatives are facing.”

Group Also Seeks No Change in Ice Cream Serving Size, Smaller Size for Yogurt

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation wants the Food and Drug Administration to fix a problem in the planned definition of added sugars on food labels, saying it appears to include dairy products used as food ingredients, even though the lactose – or “milk sugar” – in those products occurs naturally.

Commenting August 1st on the FDA’s proposed changes to the nutrition facts label, NMPF was basically supportive of FDA’s proposal to list added sugars, saying it will clarify the contribution of lactose to dairy products and allow consumers to pinpoint added sweeteners in foods.

CEO’S CORNER


Jim Mulhern
NMPF President
& CEO

     In the 1973 Woody Allen comedy “Sleeper,” Allen’s character awakes from two centuries of suspended animation to find that his preferred diet of wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk has fallen out of favor. Scientists in the future have concluded that the benefits of those substances, believed in the 1970s to contain life-preserving properties, were inferior to deep fat, steak, cream pies and hot fudge.

Introducing the New Margin Protection Program

It took five years of work, but Congress finally responded by including a new Dairy Producer Margin Protection Program in the 2014 farm bill. The 950-page bill does feature the most significant rewrite of dairy policy in more than a generation, based on idea developed by NMPF's members. The program will help address the volatility in farmers’ milk prices, as well as feed costs. The MPP is scheduled to be implemented by the USDA by Sept. 1, 2014.


Use our website www.futurefordairy.com to read about what the new program is, why it was needed, and, most importantly in the months ahead, how it is being implemented.

 

A regular, detailed update on the margins between milk prices and feed costs can be downloaded from the Margin Protection Program page.

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