Carlin Joins IDFA as Legislative VP

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

Jun 16, 2014

The International Dairy Foods Assn. (IDFA) hired J. David Carlin as senior vice president of legislative affairs. He replaces Jerry Slominski, who left IDFA earlier this year.

Carlin, who was a partner with law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP until joining IDFA, has extensive experience in food and agriculture policy. He has represented numerous food and agricultural companies, cooperatives and trade associations before the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and at USDA. He also was assistant secretary for Congressional relations under Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.

He grew up on a Kansas dairy farm founded by his grandfather in 1940. His father, John William Carlin, ran the operation from 1962 until he became governor of Kansas in 1979.