US-IDF is your link to the world’s dairy industry.
Today the U.S. dairy industry is more globally dependent than ever. It is critical U.S. dairy industry representatives engage in the international dialogue that impacts the ability to compete. This happens every day, whether the U.S. dairy industry has someone at the “table” or not. US-IDF provides the passage and platform for the U.S. dairy industry to collaborate, establish mutually beneficial positions and then advocate those positions in the global policy-making arena. These include the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Standards Organization (ISO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), etc.
US-IDF provides a training ground for U.S. dairy representatives to learn about pending issues and prepares them to be advocates for the entire U.S. dairy industry. Members work together to advance positions and new work items important to the U.S. dairy industry. For example, we work closely with the U.S. Codex office on issues of importance to U.S. dairy, and with the International Standards Office (ISO) in developing standards and methodologies for dairy testing.
US-IDF was founded in 1980 so that the U.S. could gain access to the global dairy stage by becoming a member of The International Dairy Federation (IDF). Founded in 1903 and based in Brussels, Belgium, IDF is officially recognized by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, ISO, FAO, and other global non-governmental organizations.
Our members are national trade associations, state associations, dairy processing and manufacturing companies, academia, and government agencies. All work together to ensure that the U.S. dairy industry can competitively compete on the global market.