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The Hagstrom Report Exclusive: Boehner Announces All New Committee Chairs

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the House Republican Steering Committee has recommended 17 committee chairs in the 114th Congress, including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) for Agriculture and Rep. John Kline (R-MN) for Education & the Workforce.

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Republicans Win Senate, Pad Majority in House

Though pundits had predicted for a while that Republicans would win seats in both the House and Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, the margin of victory came as a surprise. Even with several key races still to be called, the fate of the Senate has already been decided: Republicans have secured more than enough seats to take control of the upper chamber in the 114th Congress. In the House, Republicans gained at least 12 seats, increasing their total to 243 and earning their biggest majority since World War II.

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Trade Pacts Progress Slowly; Senate May Push TPA in 2015

This week's column by Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs, discusses progress on Trade Promotion Authority, negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), the antidumping and countervailing duties cases involving Mexican sugar, and country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

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Tony Lupo, director of technical services for Neogen Corporation

Tony Lupo, director of technical services for Neogen Corporation

IDFA Teams with Neogen to Offer Webinar on Allergen Control

Learn more about the elements of effective allergen-control plans in real-world dairy processing environments during IDFA’s webinar, “Critical Elements of Allergen-Control Programs.” Sponsored by Neogen Corporation, the webinar will be held December 4, 1:00– 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, and registration is complimentary for IDFA members.

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GMO Labeling Rejected in Colorado, Too Close to Call in Oregon

While most election discussions focused on the fate of the U.S. Senate, voters in two states also considered whether to require the labeling of genetically modified foods or foods containing ingredients made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In Colorado, voters soundly rejected Proposition 105, by a 2-1 margin. A similar measure in Oregon, Initiative 92, is still too close to call, but it appears headed for defeat as well.

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BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK Campaign Hits Highs in Kona

The Milk Processor Education Program’s BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign had a triumphant success on the Big Island of Hawaii last month at the IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon. Apolo Ohno, the world-champion short-track speed-skating legend, and Jen Ator , fitness director for Women’s Health magazine, conquered the most grueling endurance sports event on the planet, backed by intensive training and chocolate milk as their recovery drink of choice.

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IDFA Names Emily R. Lyons Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel

Emily R. Lyons joined IDFA as director of regulatory affairs and counsel. A recent graduate of Vermont Law School, Lyons will be responsible for working with members and government agencies on all environmental, worker safety and sustainability issues, as well as food safety and food defense. She also will serve as legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.

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Jan 25-28, 2015
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IDFA's annual Dairy Forum has become the must-attend meeting for U.S. dairy leaders. Dairy Forum 2015 offers an exceptional opportunity to build relationships, hear about the latest consumer trends from industry experts and discuss the current political landscape as it relates to the dairy industry. Join us this January at Dairy Forum 2015 to envision what it will take to move dairy fearlessly into the future.

 

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