U.S. Dairy Applauds USDA Work to Implement New Dairy Donation Program

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today issued the following statements applauding USDA’s work.

USDA Makes Pre-Solicitation Announcement for TEFAP Fresh Produce

April 14, 2021 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to purchase Fresh Produce. Pandemic Assistance funding has been made available to supplement The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) program for the remainder of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021.

NMPF Urges More Balanced Dairy Purchases in USDA Listening Session

National Milk Producers Federation Senior Vice President for Policy Strategy and International Trade Jaime Castaneda urged federal officials to effectively allocate dairy products as a source of high-quality, cost-effective nutrition in any successor to the Farmers to Families Food Box Program at a USDA listening session.

USDA Modifies Handling Regulation for Oregon and Washington Pears

March 25, 2021 Perishable News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final rule modifying the handling regulation for pears grown in Oregon and Washington. This action decreases the maximum acceptable pressure for Beurre D’Anjou pears shipped throughout

Dairy Should Remain a Primary Component of USDA’s Food Distribution Program, IDFA’s Michael Dykes Says

In the three minutes allotted to him, Dykes advocated for dairy products to remain a primary component of USDA’s food purchase program for their unparalleled health benefits, and he provided recommendations to the department on crafting a program that does not distort dairy markets.