Tag: Dairy Farmers of Canada

U.S. tables dairy proposal in NAFTA talks

The U.S. introduced its much-anticipated proposal regarding dairy during NAFTA negotiations on Friday, although it did not contain an explicit request for a percentage increase in market access into Canada. The American proposal was focused on changing Canada’s milk class system and increasing transparency in supply management. The proposal would reverse recent changes to Canada’s… Read more »

No mention of dairy yet in NAFTA talks

Dairy and supply management have yet to be formally discussed in the renegotiation of NAFTA, with the third round of talks set to wrap up on Wednesday. Canada’s chief negotiator, Steve Verheul, indicated over the weekend that he did not expect the U.S. to table any dairy text in Ottawa. That was still the case… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Canada find friends south of the border

As the clash between the U.S. and Canadian dairy industries escalates in the NAFTA talks, Dairy Farmers of Canada has found some allies in U.S. dairy outside of the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Federation. In the National Post on Friday, Darin Von Ruden, who has a 50-cattle, multi-generational farm and heads the… Read more »

Canadian dairy groups disappointed with Canada-EU cheese import allocation

Canada’s dairy processors and producers say the federal government has “failed to adequately support its dairy sector” after announcing plans for the allocation of cheese import licenses through the Canada-European Union trade deal (CETA). Canada agreed to tariff rate quotas for nearly 18 million kilograms of annual cheese imports in CETA under two categories: 16… Read more »

New Dairy Farmers of Canada president faces a full plate of issues

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s new president certainly has his work cut out for him. Pierre Lampron, a 51-year-old organic dairy producer from St. Boniface, Quebec, was elected at DFC’s annual general meeting in Edmonton on Wednesday, replacing Wally Smith who served his maximum three terms dating back to July 2011. Lampron took some time to… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Canada elects new president

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has a new president, as Pierre Lampron was elected on a two-year term at the group’s annual general meeting in Edmonton on Wednesday. Lampron is a seventh generation organic dairy farmer in the Mauricie region of Quebec, according to DFC’s website. He previously represented Quebec on the board of Dairy… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Ontario withdrawing promotional funding from Dairy Farmers of Canada

A disagreement between Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) over promotions and marketing has led the provincial group to withdraw its promotional funding from the national organization. DFO notified its members this week that it will not be sending funds for promotions and marketing to DFC as of January 1,… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Canada executive director stepping down

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) will likely be without an executive director when negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement begin later this summer, where the U.S. will push to gain increased access to the Canadian dairy market. DFC’s current executive director, Caroline Emond, has decided to step down effective July 4th. A… Read more »

Branding Your Farm Can Make a Difference

What do consumers think of Canadian farmers? Recent studies tell us that consumers appreciate and respect farmers’ efforts to produce healthy, affordable, safe food for Canadians. But to maintain the strength of the Canadian farm brand and consumers’ trust, farmers must continue to be brand champions for their own farms and their industry, says Len… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Canada Keeping a Low Profile, Monitoring NAFTA Rumblings

While the U.S. dairy industry has raised its voice in calling on the Trump administration to pressure Canada into allowing more dairy imports, Dairy Farmers of Canada has kept a relatively quiet profile over the last few months. The national dairy producer group appears to have chosen to stay out of the spotlight with Canada’s… Read more »

Ottawa Offering Dairy Sector $350 Million to Soften Impact from Canada-EU Trade Deal

The federal government is committing $350 million to helping the dairy sector adjust to increased import competition under the Canada-European Union trade deal (CETA). Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced two new programs at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa on Thursday. $250 million over five years will be made available to producers to update their… Read more »

Dairy Farmers Rally to Have Import Concerns Addressed

Wearing blue t-shirts that read “Canadian milk matters,” dairy farmers from across Ontario and Quebec rallied on Parliament Hill on Thursday. The event was organized to show support for supply management and to bring attention to a basket of import-related concerns, explains Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) president Wally Smith, in the interview below. “We don’t… Read more »

Dairy Farmers of Canada Launch proAction Sustainability Initiative

The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) officially launched their sustainability initiative this week in Ottawa. The initiative, called proAction, includes national standards for milk quality, food safety, animal care, traceability, biosecurity and the environment. It’s a way to showcase what the industry’s strengths, while also encouraging constant progress and improvement. “As dairy farmers, we are… Read more »

Dairy Funding Focuses on Forage and Fat

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced Thursday it will spend $1.75 million on research to enhance the energy of forage crops and study the impact dairy products like cheese have on human cardio-vascular health. The investment is part of the Canadian government’s Dairy Research Cluster, which was launched in 2013. As part of the Growing… Read more »

‘Blue Cow Spirit’ Coming to Canadian Dairy XPO

The Canadian Dairy XPO and Dairy Farmers of Canada are teaming up to encourage producers to embrace the Blue Cow symbol to show support for their industry. The Blue Cow Spirit Campaign will see gate admission to the CDX reduced to $15 and producers attending the show will be encouraged to wear Canadian Milk’s Blue… Read more »