Working through IDF to Achieve U.S. Objectives

IDF’s priority is to provide science-based information for the benefit of the dairy sector as well as to international organizations, governments and legislators. 1200 experts appointed by IDF members, like US-IDF, work within 17 different Standing Committees that represent the various sectors of the dairy industry. IDF places great emphasis and importance on ensuring that the work conducted by the Standing Committees and Task Forces are of the highest scientific integrity and are relevant and applicable to the dairy sector and industry as a whole.

US-IDF is an important gateway for the U.S. dairy industry to influence decision at the global level. Through its membership in IDF, the organization gains insight into emerging issues relevant to the U.S. dairy industry. At the same time members participate in the various IDF Standing Committees, utilizing their expertise and working together to provide the U.S. perspective for each of these important areas of work, influencing positions and then working through IDF to influence global decision-makers as international guideline and standards are developed at venue such as Codex, FAO, OIE, ISO and others.

Standing Committees

  • Animal Health & Welfare
  • Food Standards
  • Dairy Science & Technology
  • Hygiene & Safety
  • Economics, Marketing & Policy
  • Environment
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Farm Management
  • Methods of Analysis & Sampling

Within the 17 Standing Committees, new work items are developed to address the needs of the dairy industry. Getting involved in this work allows US-IDF members to share their expertise while at the same time ensuring that global standards and practices are neutral with respect to things such as farm size, management practices, and geography.

US-IDF provides access to IDF’s global influence, and an important platform for making a difference on behalf of the U.S. dairy industry.