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(Washington, D.C. – January 20, 2016) The Senate Agriculture Committee today approved legislation to enhance the quality of nutrition in federal feeding programs, including provisions that would help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools and improve the health of America’s children, according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). The two dairy associations praised Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for constructing child nutrition legislation that is inclusive and bipartisan.

IDFA and NMPF support the nutrition bill because almost all age groups consume less dairy than recommended by the newly-released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), and this legislation offers the opportunity to improve dairy intake among the nation’s youth. The nutrition bill approved today reflects the latest findings of the DGA, which indicated that consumption of dairy foods provides numerous health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

ARLINGTON, VA – Paul Bleiberg, formerly a top legislative staffer for Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), has joined the National Milk Producers Federation as Senior Director of Government Relations.

Bleiberg brings 10 years of government and agriculture policy experience to NMPF. For the last five years, he’s worked for Rep. Ribble as both legislative director and later deputy chief of staff. His duties included managing Ribble’s legislative operations in the House of Representatives, and advising him in the areas of agriculture, trade and transportation. Bleiberg has played a significant role in several pieces of legislation, including 2015’s massive transportation reauthorization bill. In 2014, he worked with Rep. Ribble to secure the inclusion of the Wisconsin dairy industry’s priorities in the 2014 farm bill conference report.

Prior to his position in Ribble’s office, Bleiberg worked for two years as a consultant to agriculture and food industry clients regarding dairy policy, nutrition and food safety, among other topic areas. He also worked as a legislative assistant in the Capitol Hill offices of former New York Republican congressmen Randy Kuhl, Jr., and Sherwood Boehlert.


Jim Mulhern
NMPF President


One of the key focus areas of NMPF across its 100-year history has been the development and advocacy of federal policies ensuring Americans have access to the best nutrition possible, through a diet that features daily consumption of dairy products.  This emphasis has generated benefits both for farmers and consumers. 

As 2016 unfolds, we’re once again in the middle of a campaign to remind policy makers in Washington that dairy foods provide an unparalleled package of nutrients that delivers quantifiable benefits to all Americans.

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