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Statement from Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada on a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

Farmers Voice - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:12

“We recognize the symbolism of the gesture of Prime Minister Trudeau, in offering to meet with our industry to hear our concerns firsthand. However, the absence of details on measures to mitigate the impact of the concessions made within the USMCA, as well as the absence of a vision for the future of our industry at this time, cannot appease the concerns of the dairy farmers.”

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications / Directrice des communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

How much of our home grown dairy has Justin Trudeau really given away to President Trump?

Farmers Voice - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:01

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given away hundreds of millions of dollars to the American administration as part of the recent United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), but the damage inflicted goes beyond concessions made on our dairy market.

Conceding parts of our market to the US does not tell the whole story. Canadian products made with locally produced milk from Canadian dairy farms are being pushed off the shelves to make way to US-imported products. Once the recent trade deals[1] come in effect, the total dairy imports will make up approximately 18% of the Canadian dairy market. In other words, the thousand cuts from cumulative trade deals over the past decades[2] will have displaced 18% of our homegrown high quality milk. At the farm gate alone, this represents an annual loss of 1.3 billion dollars for farmers.

While this is staggering enough, the true damage caused by USMCA is not limited to the access granted to the US. Our government has decided to tie our hands on the other side of the equation; constricting the Canadian dairy sector’s ability to export Canadian high quality dairy products, not only to the US, and Mexico, but also around the world! As part of the USMCA, Canada has agreed to the US demands to cap Canadian exports of skim milk powder, milk protein concentrates, and infant formula. Added together, these measures also limit our ability to grow the Canadian domestic market.

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“Our government is not only allowing the dismantling of our dairy model in Canada, it is giving up our sovereign right to also benefit from future trade agreements. The total access given up by the federal government in the past decades is bad enough, but now, we (farmers and processors together) are not able to compete in our own market, nor to export high quality dairy. Canada caved in to the US demands to ensure our dairy products would not compete with American made ones on the world markets. So much for Canadian sovereignty.”

Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

[1] This includes trade agreements such as CETA (with Europe), CPTPP (Transpacific countries) and USMCA

[2] This includes the above agreements plus WTO (World Trade Organization) commitments.

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:

Lucie Boileau

Director of Communications

Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca

613-220-1724

USMCA and Dairy: Canadian Government Spin vs Fact

Farmers Voice - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:16

Dairy farmers across Canada want to make sure Canadians have the facts - not just the government spin - on what the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) means for the Canadian dairy sector.

Dairy farmers across Canada want to make sure Canadians have the facts - not just the government spin - on what the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) means for the Canadian dairy sector.

 

Spin Fact “It’s a good day for Canada.” This is a bad outcome for dairy farmers and the whole dairy sector. The Government has conceded access to our domestic market to the US, affecting our ability to produce Canadian milk. By doing so, it is slowly bleeding Canada’s dairy sector. “We will defend supply management”

For the US, this was never about supply management. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said months ago “It’s not our purpose to try to manage or try to get involved in their internal supply management regarding the dairy industry….I made it very clear that the Class 7 designation we felt was an unfair undercutting of the U.S. industry that grew up south of the U.S.-Canada border.”

The Canadian government concessions equate to death by a thousand cuts.

"We look forward to ultimately signing a deal as long as it's good for Canada and good for middle class Canadians”. The 220,000 Canadian families who depend on dairy for their livelihood (on farms, in processing plants and related jobs) feel they were used as a bargaining chip to conclude this agreement. “No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal.” This deal not only gives more access to the Canadian dairy market, while limiting our ability to produce and export home-grown dairy products; this deal lets the Americans dictate our dairy policies. Fairer trade is about win-win results. If our government fought for a good deal for Canadian industry, it wasn’t dairy.

 

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dairy Farmers’ livelihood sacrificed again

Farmers Voice - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 06:52

Dairy farmers across Canada are deeply disappointed over the news of the concessions made on the dairy sector to conclude a new USMCA agreement.

Once again, dairy farmers again paid the price to conclude an international trade agreement.

“The announced concessions on dairy in the new USMCA deal demonstrates once again that the Canadian government is willing to sacrifice our domestic dairy production when it comes time to make a deal," said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). “The government has said repeatedly that it values a strong and vibrant dairy sector – they have once again put that in jeopardy by giving away more concessions,” he added.

USMCA follows two previous trade agreements in which access to the Canadian dairy market was granted, CETA and the CPTPP, which sacrificed the equivalent of a quarter of a billion dollars annually in dairy production to industries in other countries. This new agreement once again weakens the dairy sector which, among other things, employs more than 220,000 Canadians and contributes some 20 billion dollars a year to Canada’s gross domestic product. The livelihood of these thousands of Canadians and the future generations of dairy producers is seriously at risk.

“Today, the message sent to our passionate, proud and quality-conscious farmers and all the people who work in the dairy sector is clear: they are nothing more than a bargaining chip to satisfy President Trump,” added Mr. Lampron.

For consumers, each concession replaces Canadian dairy products, products made with great care by Canadians, using extremely high-quality Canadian milk with no artificial growth hormones. The USMCA agreement is opening the gate even further by letting foreign products, made according to standards inferior to our own, onto the shelves of our grocery stores.

The Canadian government has said loud and clear that it wants a prosperous dairy sector. It will be interesting to see how it can reconcile the concessions made in the negotiation of this agreement with its goal of prosperity.

Video (high-resolution) reactions of Pierre Lampron, President of DFC and David Wiens, Vice-president can be downloaded from this link: www.skyflyproductions.com/DFC

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dairy processors stand with farmers in NAFTA call

Farmers Voice - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:04

Trade agreements cannot continue to negatively impact the dairy sector

The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) today joins with dairy farmers in calling on the Canadian government to ensure that any final NAFTA deal does not negatively impact the sector and Canadian consumers.

“We remain steadfast in our belief that any outcome of a final NAFTA deal must contribute to the economic growth of both dairy farmers and processors,” said Mathieu Frigon, President and Chief Executive Officer of DPAC. “The dairy sector, the hard-working Canadians it employs, and billions of dollars in investments made by its farmers and processors, are worth fighting for.”

It is estimated that dairy processors have invested over $7.5 billion in capital assets and research and development to strengthen and grow Canada’s domestic dairy market over the last decade. The large majority of those investments have taken place in just the last four years.

However, market access commitments made by the Canadian government via previous free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), will decrease production and greatly affect the dairy processing industry’s ability to see returns on past investments. In fact, trade deals with Europe and the transpacific countries will result in $1.5 billion in lost returns on investments for dairy processors over the course of their implementation.

It is imperative that the Canadian government not allow NAFTA to further contribute to dairy processors and farmers losses.

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About the dairy processing industry

The dairy processing industry is the second-largest food processing industry in Canada, It directly employs 24,500 Canadians with an aggregate payroll with more than $1.2 billion annually. Dairy processing has a material presence in every province in Canada, with 207 federal ridings having at least one dairy processing facility.

About the Dairy Processors Association of Canada

DPAC is Canada’s national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interest of the Canadian dairy processing industry. DPAC’s members represent some of the most recognized food brands in Canada.

For more information:

Ciana Van Dusen
Dairy Processors Association of Canada
cvandusen@dpac-atlc.ca
613-232-7242 x 102

Enough is enough

Farmers Voice - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:09

Any final NAFTA deal should have no further negative impact for milk producers

Dairy farmers called on the Canadian government to ensure that any final NAFTA deal does not negatively impact the sector and Canadian consumers. Gathered in Ottawa today, dairy producers from communities across Canada stated that the dairy sector has already paid the price in several recent trade deals with Europe and the Transpacific countries, resulting in the equivalent of 250 million dollars annually in lost milk production to dairy farmers from other countries.. “This doesn’t only hurt dairy farmers. From equipment dealers, to feed manufacturers to veterinarians to truck drivers, to processors, all are negatively impacted by these deals which will have long lasting effects across the entire Canadian economy,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Canadian dairy farmers are concerned that the US Administration wants to replace Canadian dairy and the Canadian dairy industry with U.S. interests by eroding the pillars of our Canadian system. “Many American dairy farmers know that more access to the Canadian market isn’t a viable solution to American overproduction. Canada has a population that is less than the state of California. For American farmers, the Canadian market is a drop in the bucket – for us – it is our livelihood,” added Lampron.

Dairy is one of the top two agricultural sectors in 7 of 10 Canadian provinces. The sector employs over 220,000 Canadians, it contributes more than 19 billion dollars to Canada’s GDP annually and 3.8 billion dollars in local, provincial and federal taxes.

“Canadians today have access to Canadian milk that is produced to the highest standards for quality, animal care, and the environment in North America. This is done all while ensuring Canadian retail prices for milk are in line with other countries – in fact, more affordable than many”, said Lampron.

Canada’s system of supply management ensures the Canadian supply of milk matches domestic demand, and allows farmers to receive a fair price that covers their costs of production – without the need for any direct taxpayer production subsidies like those granted to farmers in the U.S.

“We want to add our voice to that of Prime Minister Trudeau – that the dairy sector is worth fighting for - and we call on the Government to ensure that any final NAFTA deal has no further negative impact on our dairy sector,” he concluded.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes 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 and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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Media contact

Lucie Boileau

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-236-9997

Lucie.boileau@dfc-plc.ca

Media Advisory

Farmers Voice - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 07:58

The government of Canada needs to stand firm in the NAFTA negotiations and defend our Canadian farmers

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) will hold a press conference to voice their concerns related to the NAFTA negotiations as they relate to the dairy sector. President Pierre Lampron and dairy producers from each province will be in attendance and address the media.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at 10:00 am Where:

Capital room, 3rd floor

Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa ON

Who: Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Gerritt Damsteegt, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia
Ralph Dietrich, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Reint-Jan Dykstra, DFC board member, Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick
Mel Foth, Chair, SaskMilk
Tom Koostra, Chair, Alberta Milk
Harold MacNevin, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island
Bruno Letendre, Chair, Producteurs de lait du Québec
Jeff Peddle, DFC board member, Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland
David Taylor, Chair, BC Dairy Association
David Wiens, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba
Call-in 1 855-453-6962 – Conference ID: 8672424 Webcast https://www1.webcastcanada.ca/live/registration/918eng.php

 

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers living on approximately 12,000 dairy farms. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits. To learn more, visit dairyfarmers.ca.

For more information:
Lucie Boileau, Director of Communications
Dairy Farmers of Canada
613 220-1724
lucie.boileau@dfc-plc.ca

Coming to a kitchen near you: Dairy Farmers of Canada Partners with MissFresh Meal Kits

Farmers Voice - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:50

With the growing popularity of online food subscription services across Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to announce a partnership with MissFresh, a Canadian company that strives to help people lead a healthier lifestyle by making eating healthy at home easy and accessible to everyone.

The partnership, launched August 12, provides recipes to MissFresh customers made with Canadian dairy products. In addition, the 100% Canadian dairy certification mark of origin is highlighted on the MissFresh website promoting the partnership.

Delivering a simplified cooking experience across Canada since 2015, DFC applauds MissFresh in their goal of simplifying lives of Canadian by curating healthier meal options for their customers including ready-to-cook meal kits, breakfast, snacks and beverages options.

DFC President Pierre Lampron is enthusiastic about the partnership saying, “Canadian dairy is a highly nutritious product and I am pleased to see more Canadian dairy enter the homes of Canadians as they explore ready to prepare meal kits as a healthy and convenient option.”

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About MissFresh

MissFresh is an online food subscription service that strives to simplify lives by curating healthier meal options to its customers, including ready-to-cook meal kits, snacks and beverages. The service is perfect for those who don’t have much time to spare in their busy lifestyles for meal planning and preparation but appreciate the health benefits associated with cooking nutritious healthy meals at home and choosing smarter food options. Be it single-parent families, working professionals or aging baby boomers, MissFresh is a great solution to save time so you can spend more time with loved ones and doing things you love.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes 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 and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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Media contact

Lucie Boileau

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-236-9997

Lucie.boileau@dfc-plc.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada takes good note of the Canadian government’s words of support for the dairy sector

Farmers Voice - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:05

“Canadian dairy farmers took good note of Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to defend the dairy sector and the supply management system at the NAFTA table.

Dairy farmers and their families have already paid the price for Canada to enter into the CETA and CPTPP trade agreements, by opening the Canadian domestic market to other countries’ dairy imports. These imported products displace Canadian products, so fewer Canadian dairy products are available for our Canadian consumers.

Canadian milk adheres to some of the highest standards for quality, animal care, and the environment, without the use of the artificial growth hormone rBST. Furthermore, these concessions weaken a sector that creates jobs and billions for our economy.

Canadians stand firmly behind our dairy farmers and their families. The Government supports a strong and vibrant dairy sector; it must ensure that dairy farmers and their families are not impacted negatively by the present negotiations."

Dairy Farmers of Canada keeping a close watch on renewed NAFTA negotiations

Farmers Voice - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 13:38

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is watching closely as Canada rejoins the NAFTA negotiations following an agreement in principle on a bilateral ‘US-Mexico Trade agreement’, announced yesterday.

DFC is awaiting further details from the Canadian government as to how Canada will re-engage as part of the negotiation.

DFC representatives will be heading to Washington this week. “We will continue to advocate to ensure Canadian dairy farmers not be negatively impacted as a consequence of any trade agreement,” said Pierre Lampron, president of DFC.

Canada’s dairy farmers are counting on the Canadian government’s leadership to ensure that our nation’s right to determine and administer our own domestic policies continues to be respected. As the Prime Minister indicated last month, and reiterated today, “I want to reiterate my strong support and our government’s strong support for dairy farmers across our country. Our system of supply management is a model that provides a fair price for farmers, stability for processors and high quality dairy products at an affordable price, and it sustains farming families and rural communities across Canada. Make no mistake, we will continue to protect and defend our supply managed system, that includes at the NAFTA table”.

A recent Nanos Research poll revealed that the majority of Canadians support the supply management system and almost two in three Canadians think the government should strongly defend the dairy sector during NAFTA negotiations. The poll also uncovered that nearly eight in ten Canadians would look favourably on politicians who defend Canada’s dairy sector in NAFTA negotiations.

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Key facts :

  • Canada currently imports over 10% tariff-free of dairy products consumed in Canada while the US imports about 3% of its dairy consumption.
  • Canadian dairy farmers do not rely on subsidies to produce milk thanks to supply management. Europeans and Americans pay twice for their milk — once in the store and a second time through subsidies.
  • Dairy is one of the top two agricultural sectors in 7 of 10 Canadian provinces.
  • The sector contributes $20B to Canada’s GDP and provides employment to 220,000 Canadians.
  • The Canadian dairy industry contributed $3.8B in local, provincial and federal taxes.

What are Maxime Bernier’s real interests

Farmers Voice - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:02

Statement by Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada

Maxime Bernier is confusing his own interests with the interests of the Canadian population. As confirmed by a Nanos Research poll published this week, Canadians have clearly expressed their support for agricultural producers and the system that they operate within, supply management.

History shows us that the Conservative party, like other political parties, has a long tradition of robust policy debates, but, in the end, the party speaks with one voice. Maxime Bernier’s voice clashed strongly with the voice of his party, of his Leader, and of Canadians.

In aligning with the demands from the US administration for the NAFTA negotiations by singling out our agricultural sector, Mr. Bernier is creating a breach in Canadian solidarity, solidarity that is crucial in reaching an equitable conclusion in the renegotiation of the agreement.

What are Maxime Bernier’s real interests?

Statement by Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada, in response to yesterday's Nik Nanos Poll

Farmers Voice - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 07:36

“While we are very pleased by the important findings released today by Nanos Research- they are not surprising. Poll after poll has consistently shown that Canadians overwhelmingly support dairy farmers, and the system they use to produce their made-in-Canada products. These results also re-affirm that a majority of Canadians want Canada to strongly defend the dairy sector during the ongoing NAFTA re-negotiations. The strong backing of our fellow Canadians continues to be critical at a time when our dairy farmers are under constant attack by the U.S. Administration.

“Dairy farmers work hard to provide Canadians with fresh, local products, and the sector is proud to support the 250,000 Canadians families who depend on the dairy sector for their livelihood. On behalf of our farmers, we want to thank Canadians for their continued support.”

DFC CEO Responds to Maxime Bernier

Farmers Voice - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:33

This morning, another news piece was written about Maxime Bernier and his tirade against supply management in reference to trade. Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) CEO Jacques Lefebvre released the following statement in response:

“Why is Maxime Bernier advocating for dismantling supply management as part of the NAFTA trade negotiations? It’s hard to understand given that under the current system the Americans have been able to export 3 times as much dairy to Canada last year as we do to the United States, on a value basis. How much more does Maxime Bernier want to give? This comes at a time when Canadians should be banding together. It is hard to see why Mr. Bernier would align with President Trump by throwing Canadian farmers under the bus. Perhaps this has less to do with the interests of our country and more to do with his own political aspirations.”

Holstein Canada to Conduct Cattle Assessments

Farmers Voice - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:25

Dairy Farmers of Canada and Holstein Canada are pleased to announce the signing of a four-year agreement reaffirming Holstein Canada as the preferred supplier for proAction Animal Care cattle assessments across Canada.

Both national organizations renewed their agreement in July, which takes effect starting this fall.

“This step of assessing animals is part of our commitment to transparency and continuous improvement,” said Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “In this day and age, it is essential to demonstrate our world-class standards in producing high quality milk and meat in a sustainable way, and to measure how we improve over time. This agreement ensures that our industry stays in line with Canadian values.”

In September 2017, Dairy Farmers of Canada and its members developed and added two new modules to the proAction validation process: Animal Care and Traceability. Holstein Canada has been a key partner in assisting farmers to prepare for both of these modules, including providing animal care assessments independently to all farms since October 2016. The assessment is based on the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle. This renewed agreement between the two national organizations solidifies Holstein Canada’s position as the preferred supplier of proAction assessments.

“Holstein Canada is very pleased to continue our well-established partnership with DFC to deliver a key service to farmers, which ultimately serves consumers,” said Holstein Canada President Harry Van der Linden. “Our Team members are highly trained in animal observation and it is great to have two national organizations work together to deliver a consistent program coast to coast.”

Holstein Canada evaluates a random sample of animals in the herd to verify indicators of animal comfort, such as body condition, locomotion or lameness, and the state of the hocks, knees and neck. Afterwards, when validators visit farms, farmers must show this completed independent assessment, Standard Operating Procedures, and records to meet the requirements of the proAction initiative. The initiative is how dairy farmers across the country demonstrate they implement good management practices that enhance animal well-being, care and comfort.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers living on over 10,950 dairy farms. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contacts:

Ashlee Smith, Dairy Farmers of Canada

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

613-240-3881

Linda Ness, Holstein Canada

lness@holstein.ca

1-855-756-8300 ext. 233

Canadian dairy farmers came together from coast to coast for Annual General Meeting in Quebec

Farmers Voice - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:10

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) had its Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday in Quebec’s beautiful capital, bringing together farmers from all regions of the country and industry stakeholders.

DFC President Pierre Lampron addressed the assembly, highlighting that the Canadian dairy industry is facing new challenges, including international trade and the questioning of the nutritious value of dairy products. “There is a compelling case for us, as dairy farmers, but also for the whole sector, to speak with one voice. This AGM presents a perfect opportunity for us to reaffirm the value of the dairy sector to our economy and our commitment to a healthy future for Canadians.”

He added: “Our industry has been carved out by international trade agreements like CETA and CPTPP. Now, Canadian dairy is in the sights of the US government in NAFTA renegotiations. We need to be vigilant.”

The Annual General Meeting also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders and farmers to discuss and learn about various factors affecting the viability and health of the dairy sector. Yesterday’s sessions tackled a few difficult topics, including discussions on farmers’ mental health and challenges to dairy consumption in the future. The CEO of Abacus Data, David Coletto, also brought his unique perspective on how millennials are impacting the dairy sector.

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers living on approximately 12,000 dairy farms. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:

Ashlee Smith,

Assistant Director, Internal Communications, and Corporate Sponsorship

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

613-240-3881

DFC statement on Bel Canada announcement

Farmers Voice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:52

Today, following the announcement regarding Bel’s project to produce Babybel cheese in Canada, DFC President Pierre Lampron gave the following statement:

The building of a new processing plant in Sorel-Tracy will create jobs for Canadians, adding to the 221,000 jobs supported by the dairy sector. Dairy farmers in Canada will also benefit from this announcement, as more Canadian milk will be used to make this cheese in the future.

Our Canadian dairy sector continues to contribute to the Canadian economy and to attract investments, which continues to build on stable growth in our marketplace, for the benefit of Canadians.

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