USDEC Staff in Action

U.S. Dairy Gathers Global Ag Leaders at UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)

November 12, 2022

A high-level delegation co-led by USDEC President & CEO Krysta Harden and Dairy Management Inc. Chair Marilyn Hershey showcased U.S. dairy’s key contributions to global climate and food security goals at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt. 
  
USDEC was a major contributor to the first-ever Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas Pavilion hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), which convened panels that allowed producers, agriculture experts, academics, dairy industry leaders, supply chain partners, and senior government representatives to address COP27 negotiators and stakeholders. 

To read the full news release, click below. 

Cheese diplomacy, policy engagement in EU

October 19, 2022

A delegation from USDEC visited Europe in mid-October to begin deepening engagement with the EU in pursuit of more predictable trading conditions and to foster continued growth in dairy consumption, sustainability and food security. USDEC also showcased the high quality of U.S. cheesemaking while conveying U.S. dairy’s sustainability leadership.

The delegation consisted of USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden, Senior VP of Trade Policy Shawna Morris, Senior VP of Sustainability and Multilateral Affairs Nick Gardner, Senior VP of Global Cheese Marketing Angelique Hollister and Senior VP of Global Retail Programs Merle McNeil. 

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World Dairy Summit concludes with event hand-off to U.S.

September 14, 2022

The countdown has begun for the 2023 International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit, hosted by the U.S.

During the gala dinner ceremony at this year’s Summit, the 2022 host country, India, handed off the symbolic host key to the US-IDF Organizing Committee Co-chairs Nick Gardner, USDEC Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Multilateral Affairs, center, and Shawna Morris, USDEC Senior Vice President of Trade Policy, second from right. 

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USDEC holds first in-person workshop in Japan since pandemic

September 8, 2022

Given Japan’s vigilant approach to COVID-19 and elevated numbers of new case totals in recent weeks, USDEC was uncertain what kind of response its in-person interactive workshop in early September would generate. It was the first face-to-face ingredients workshop in Japan since the start of the pandemic. 

The fact that the event attracted 27 representatives from food and beverage companies speaks to the high degree of interest in using U.S. whey and milk proteins as key ingredients in new product development efforts.

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USDEC's Jonathan Gardner builds relationships in Indonesia

August 24, 2022

For two weeks in August, USDEC Senior Vice President, Market Access and Regulatory Affairs Jonathan Gardner, met with a series of officials in Southeast Asia to talk dairy. 

The trip featured an Aug. 24 meeting between senior delegates from the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council (U.S.-ABC) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the Presidential Palace. Another highlight was meeting the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia (see photo at left). 

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U.S. and Mexico dairy sectors recommit to binational cooperation

August 17, 2022

USDEC and the National Milk Producers Federation served as U.S. hosts and event organizers for the Binational Dairy Conference in mid-August, which brought together leading dairy representatives from the United States and Mexico. 

The dairy leaders agreed to facilitate fair trade between the two nations, while working to expand dairy consumption, enhance dairy farm productivity and strengthen the reputation of milk and dairy products in both countries. 

Click below to see a full list of mutually agreed-upon objectives from the conference. 

USDEC highlights U.S. dairy ingredients at workshop in Singapore

August 1, 2022

With COVID-19 restrictions eased, the U.S. Center for Dairy Excellence in Singapore is ramping up in-person activities. In July, food and beverage product development specialists gathered at the U.S. CDE for a 2.5-day workshop highlighting the innovation potential of U.S. dairy ingredients. “Our aim was to introduce the multi-faceted benefits of U.S. dairy ingredients to inspire food and beverage manufacturers in Southeast Asia to expand product lines with U.S. dairy proteins and permeate,” said USDEC's Kristi Saitama.

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USDEC commends passage of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

June 16, 2022

USDEC CEO Krysta Harden attended the White House signing ceremony for the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which sets in motion a series of new rules and regulations regarding ocean carrier practices.

The legislation was introduced in response to the vocal advocacy by NMPF, USDEC and other agricultural export and shipper organizations, as problems with effective ocean freight transportation worsened. USDEC is now urging speedy implementation by the Federal Maritime Commission. 

For more details on the new law, click below.  

Harden discusses role of dairy sustainability partnerships

June 8, 2022

At a sustainability conference sponsored by The Economist, USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden discussed the key role public-private partnerships play in helping the U.S. dairy industry reach its environmental stewardship goals. 

Those goals -- greenhouse gas neutrality, optimized water usage and improved water quality by 2050 -- “cannot be done on the backs of farmers,” she said. “They are willing. But they need partners.”

Click below to read the U.S. Dairy Exporter Blog story, “The need for more dairy sustainability partnerships.” 

Mexico meetings seek to strengthen partnerships, boost consumption, facilitate trade

June 1, 2022

USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden, Executive Vice President Jaime Castaneda and head of the Mexico office Rodrigo Fernandez held a series of meetings in Mexico with dairy and government leaders. The visits, which tied into World Milk Day celebrations, sought to strengthen partnerships in Mexico, reaffirm shared goals of the U.S. and Mexican dairy sectors, and facilitate smooth trade between the two nations.

Click below to see Twitter posts from the meetings. 



U.S. dairy product profile

U.S. Center for Dairy Excellence holds first live event, gears up for more

June 1, 2022

On June 1, the U.S. Center for Dairy Excellence hosted a workshop on U.S. permeate use in bakery applications, attracting 120 bakery and confectionery R&D staff and food formulators—in-person and online—from across Southeast Asia. 

The workshop is one of a series of events planned for the U.S. CDE this year. The next two seminars are July 13-15 (Healthy Snacking) and August 24 (Protein Beverages).

Click below for article on the popularity of permeate. 

 

Mission to Rome highlights U.S. dairy’s nutrition, environmental contributions to partners and UN decision-makers

May 25, 2022

USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden headed a staff delegation to Rome to showcase U.S. dairy’s critical role in nutrition security and sustainable food systems. 

In a series of meetings, the delegation spoke with Ambassador Cindy McCain, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome; representatives from several nations; senior officials from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and additional diplomats and decision-makers. 

Click below for a news release detailing the visits.  

 

USDEC staff, operating committee highlight dairy priorities to policymakers in DC fly-in

May 12, 2022

USDEC staff and nine members of the USDEC Operating Committee met with congressional representatives and administration officials to highlight U.S. dairy priorities.  

USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden, COO Martha Scott Poindexter, the USDEC Trade Policy team and Operating Committee members emphasized the significant role exports play in U.S. dairy supply chain and the U.S. economy, while also noting ways to enhance the ability of U.S. dairy suppliers to best compete around the globe.

Click below to see Twitter posts from the meetings.