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Supply managed farm groups react to the Supreme Court Decision

Farmers Voice - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:17

We want to clearly state that milk, dairy products, eggs and poultry can, and are traded between provinces to respond to market demand.

We are pleased that the Supreme Court has restored some certainty about various regulations of trade in place in Canada, including the validity of supply management.

This case validates the findings of previous court cases on interprovincial trade regulation of various agricultural and food products. Federal and provincial governments will continue to have the ability to cooperate on the regulation of interprovincial trade. We are pleased with the outcome.

With supply management, production responds to demand and farmers receive a predictable income, without relying on government subsidies for income. Moreover, all dairy, egg and poultry farms follow strict on-farm food safety, animal care and sustainability practices. Canadians can be assured that their dairy, poultry and egg products are produced with the same high standards from coast to coast.

About the dairy poultry and egg farmer groups

Dairy Farmers of Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada, and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers are the voice of farmers in Canadian supply-managed dairy and poultry sectors.

Dairy Farmers of Canada Annual General Meeting

Farmers Voice - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:41

The Annual Meeting will deal with the following:

  • Annual Report
  • Report of the Board
  • Q&A with DFC Senior Management Team
  • Report on DFC Mandate Consultation
  • ProAction® and Nutrition Discussions
  • Young Farmers Roundtable

Conference brochure and registration details, including hotel accommodations, are available here. Early bird registration deadline is April 30, 2018.

DFC AGM 2018

Farmers Voice - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:41

The Annual Meeting will deal with the following:

  • Annual Report
  • Report of the Board
  • Q&A with DFC Senior Management Team
  • Report on DFC Mandate Consultation
  • ProAction® and Nutrition Discussions
  • Young Farmers Roundtable

Conference brochure and registration details, including hotel accommodations, are available here. Early bird registration deadline is April 30, 2018.

Moving Toward a National Solution for Dairy Cattle Traceability: DairyTrace

Farmers Voice - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:05

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) are very pleased with the significant progress made towards achieving the dairy cattle industry goal of a national traceability system, called DairyTrace.

Dairy farmers want to provide consumers with the knowledge that we have very high standards in Canada for dairy cattle traceability, so they can better understand where their food comes from. DairyTrace will deliver on this as it will track movement of animals and speed up reactions if an animal health emergency occurs. Originally initiated by the DFC Board of Directors in 2016, DairyTrace is supported today by various dairy groups and builds on the expertise of CDN, which already provides several data management and information services for Canadian dairy cattle of all breeds. In September 2017, CFIA confirmed that CDN meets the qualification criteria required to become a Responsible Administrator, as defined under federal regulations. Today, funding was announced that has been approved through the Assurance Systems stream of the Agri-Marketing Program under Growing Forward 2, to bring DairyTrace one step closer to reality.

”We would like to thank Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for the funding that helped initiate the development of the DairyTrace solution”, said Pierre Lampron, DFC president. “We look forward to being able to tell dairy farmers that DairyTrace is open for business within the year, and in maintaining this important working relationship with the federal government in years to come.”

“We also want to draw attention to the recent agreement between CDN and Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) as the contracted data management service provider", said Norm McNaughton, CDN Board Chairman. “The AGTWeb platform is well recognized for its outstanding functions related to the three pillars of traceability, namely animal identification, premise identification and tracking of animal movement, as well as disease surveillance traceback. All these functions are important to achieving our high expectations for the useful and critical role that traceability performs in DFC's customer assurance initiative, proAction.”

About Canadian Dairy Network

CDN is the national genetic evaluation centre for dairy cattle and provides data management and information services to Canadian dairy producers and member organizations including breed associations, dairy herd improvement agencies, A.I. organizations and Dairy Farmers of Canada.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact: Ashlee Smith (613-240-3881)

Expert contacts:

Yves Leduc, Director, Policy and International Trade

Dairy Farmers of Canada

T: 613-236-9997 Ext. 2750

Yves.Leduc@dfc-plc.ca

Brian Van Doormaal, General Manager

Canadian Dairy Network

T: 519-831-0028

Brian@cdn.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada will participate in Front-of-Package consultations

Farmers Voice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:11

The Government of Canada announced it is moving ahead with its Front of Pack Warning Labeling public consultation (Gazette 1).

By exempting whole milk from this proposed policy, Health Canada recognizes the scientific evidence demonstrating the nutritional value of milk as a key contributor to the health of Canadians. However, as currently proposed, many other dairy products, rich in essential nutrients, will be stigmatised by a warning label that may confuse consumers as to which products are healthy and which are not.

“Dairy Farmers of Canada supports the education of Canadians on the benefits of a balanced-diet. We are concerned that this approach to labelling may come with the unintended consequence of deterring Canadians from seeking more information on the nutritional value of dairy products, at the expense of a balanced-diet for Canadians,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “We are pleased that the Government is recognizing the nutritional benefits of whole milk, however given the importance of dairy to the overall health of Canadians, we want to make sure that as the Government goes through the consultation process, they take a more holistic approach. DFC will be fully engaged in the consultation on Front-of-Package warning labelling, to ensure that Canadians can continue to enjoy nutritious dairy products as a part of a healthy, balanced diet. Canadian dairy farmers will make their voices heard in this important debate.”

DFC shares the overall goal of promoting healthy eating for all Canadians, so long as it is supported by evidence-based policy. One of the main objectives of Front-of-Package warning labelling is to reduce chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Health Canada’s own 2015 Evidence Review for Dietary Guidance identifies the scientific evidence showing that milk products are beneficial for bone health, and are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer. The report also states that Canadians do not consume enough vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fibre – milk is a valuable source of six of these nutrients.

“The intent of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy is to help consumers make informed healthier choices. The best way to do this is to drive them to the Nutrition Facts Table. What assurances can Health Canada give that this type of warning labelling will not simply deter consumers from the products themselves?” said Lampron. “This approach runs the risk of alarming consumers, and ultimately preventing them from learning more about the nutritional benefits of a food. This is completely contrary to the stated intent of Health Canada. How will they address this issue for Canadians?”

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada is proud to partner with the 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards

Farmers Voice - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:23

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to be the Principal Partner, Cow Milk Cheese, of the Canadian Cheese Awards.

DFC has long supported our country's cheese makers and we are excited to participate in the upcoming Canadian Cheese Awards as sponsor of the cow’s milk cheese category. Cheese makers who are currently using the 100% Canadian Milk logo or the new DFC Certification Mark of Origin are eligible to compete for the Best Cow’s Milk Cheese in Canada award and win a $5,000 cash prize.

Held for the first time in 2014, the Canadian Cheese Awards are now Canada’s largest cheese competition; organized by The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, the contest is open to Canadian cheeses made from cows, goats, sheep and water buffalo milk. It is a great opportunity for Canada's world-class cheese makers to showcase their creativity.

The deadline to submit entries is February 16. Winners will be announced June 6 at the Awards Ceremony and Tasting Gala in Toronto. For more information, visit www.cheeseawards.ca.

Dairy Farmers of Canada reacts to reports regarding the revised CPTPP agreement

Farmers Voice - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:18

This morning, it was reported that Canada will likely sign a revised CPTPP agreement which includes the market access concessions originally agreed to in October 2015, when the United States, the world’s largest economy, was still a part of the deal.

Although the loss of the US represents a loss of approximately 60% of the original TPP market GDP, the original concessions to our domestic dairy market remain. How is this in the best interests of Canadians?

While some sectors may see the recent CPTPP developments as a positive, it is a somber day for the 221,000 Canadians that depend on the dairy sector for their livelihood.

“On the one hand, the Canadian government has repeatedly stated that it wants a vibrant, strong, and growing dairy sector that creates jobs and fosters investments; on the other hand, it continues to carve out pieces of our domestic dairy market, first through CETA, and now through the CPTPP,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). “The Government must understand that in continuing to make these concessions, they are putting the Canadian dairy sector in jeopardy.”

Today’s announcement also comes in the middle of the renegotiation of NAFTA, another vehicle that threatens to weaken the Canadian dairy industry. The Government must realize that there is a cumulative effect to these carve outs, which cannot be understated. It is critical that the Government understand that when it comes to the renegotiation of NAFTA, they must not give up any more on the backs of the hundreds of thousands of farmers and workers in the Canadian dairy sector.

“Our message to the Canadian government as it is negotiating NAFTA is simple: no more concessions - enough is enough, they cannot continue to carve out portions of the dairy sector ,” said Mr. Lampron.

The dairy sector is present in a majority of the ridings across this country. DFC is very interested in seeing how elected officials will explain these concessions to the dairy community, and to the hundreds of thousands of workers who depend upon this community for their livelihood.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

Jacques Lefebvre joins Dairy Farmers of Canada as Chief Executive Officer

Farmers Voice - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:45

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jacques Lefebvre as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 8, 2018.

With over 25 years of experience across multiple sectors, Mr. Lefebvre is a strong leader that brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to DFC. Additionally, in his former role at the Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) as President and Chief Executive Officer, he has an in-depth understanding of Canada’s dairy sector, and the importance of Canadian dairy producers to our economy, and to the health and well-being of Canadians.

“It is my great pleasure to announce that Jacques Lefebvre will be joining DFC as our new CEO. He is a proven leader and is deeply committed to our dairy sector,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC. “Jacques understands all of the challenges that we are facing, and will be a champion for us. I look forward to working closely with Jacques.”

Mr. Lefebvre has held senior executive positions with national member organizations, both in the business and not-for-profit sectors.

“I am very excited to be joining DFC and for the opportunity to work closely with our Board of Directors, members, staff, and stakeholders, on behalf of Canadian dairy farmers,” said Jacques Lefebvre, DFC’s CEO. “I welcome the opportunity to use my past experience, inside and outside of the dairy sector, to bring our industry together as we face tremendous pressure on trade and government relations issues. It is more important than ever that we work collectively to defend and promote the industry.”

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.Smith@DFC-PLC.ca

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