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

Farmers Voice - 15 hours 23 sec ago

“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.

Pierre Lampron Statement

Farmers Voice - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:06

Canada’s dairy farmers stand with our fellow Canadians in rejecting the US administration’s personal attacks on our Prime Minister.

These attacks, whether on Prime Minister Trudeau, or dairy farmers in Canada, are founded more on rhetoric than fact.

Canada has a trade deficit of 5:1 with the US on dairy alone; furthermore, 10% of the Canadian dairy market is already open to tariff free imports – compared to only 3% in the US.

US food companies, who have, and continue to, invest in Canada, recognize the value of the dairy system in Canada. The stability of our system, our sustainable production, and the quality of our milk are among the reasons making Canada such an attractive place to invest.

The root of the US’ problem is that they are producing too much milk in an oversaturated world market. Canada already produces enough milk to fill Canadian demand. As Canada has less population than the state of California, and that Wisconsin alone produces more milk than all Canadian farms combined, clearly, the Canadian market is too small to make a dent in US overproduction.

Canadian dairy farmers and their families are concerned by the sustained attacks by President Trump with an aim to wiping out dairy farmers here at home.

DFC statement on fairlife announcement

Farmers Voice - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:28

Today, following the announcement regarding Coca-Cola’s project to bring fairlife’s high protein milk to Canada, DFC President Pierre Lampron gave the following statement:

Dairy farmers are true believers in innovation, which is why we are pleased to hear that a new product will be offered to Canadian consumers soon. In addition to bringing a new and exciting product to the Canadian marketplace, the building of a processing plant to produce this high protein milk will create jobs for Canadians, adding to the 250,000 jobs supported by the dairy sector.

Dairy farmers in Canada will also benefit from this announcement, as Canadian milk will be used to make this product in the future. We are pleased to hear the recognition of these companies to the Canadian model of high standards for quality and animal care as reasons that support their choice to use milk produced on Canadian farms to expand their product offering to Canada.

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.

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on NAFTA comments

Farmers Voice - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:28

Re: Prime Minister’s remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of Canadian dairy farmers, I want to express our concern with the comments you made on Sunday, June 3rd, on NBC’s Meet the Press, where you specifically referenced access to our domestic dairy market as a possible concession that you would make to conclude the NAFTA re-negotiations.

These comments are deeply troubling for our dairy farmers, as you and your government’s representatives have repeatedly stated that you support the supply management system and our sector. The Government cannot say that they support our system and in the same breath, conclude agreements that would negatively impact the dairy farming community and the 250,000 Canadians that depend on the sector for their livelihood. The additional impact of the access granted under trade agreements has undoubtedly weakened our dairy system in Canada.

Your comments, in addition to political meetings between your staff and President Trump’s advisors, for which there has been little information provided to us, is quite worrisome.

In closing, we appreciate your government’s willingness to state your support for supply management; but, do you support the dairy sector?

I renew my request to have a meeting with you to address our concerns at your earliest convenience.

Regards,

Pierre Lampron

President

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Canadian Dairy Farmers and Processors Team Up in Support of the Ottawa Mission on World Milk Day

Farmers Voice - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:23

In honour of World Milk Day, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), in partnership with the Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC), were pleased to help those in need by donating healthy and nutritious dairy products to the Ottawa Mission.

For this special occasion, local dairy farmers, along with DFC and DPAC representatives, were joined by Jean-Claude Poissant, Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture.

“Dairy farmers are always looking for ways to give back to their communities, and we wanted to take the opportunity on World Milk Day to provide those in need with nutritious dairy products,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Canadian dairy products contain up to 16 essential nutrients and are widely recognized as a part of a healthy, balanced diet. We are proud to be able to make today’s donation in support of the Ottawa Mission, and help some of the vulnerable members of our society.”

World Milk Day was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. Every year on June 1st, events take place around the globe to highlight the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition. The dairy sector supports the livelihoods of up to one billion people worldwide.

“We are pleased to join the international dairy community in celebrating World Milk Day,” said Mathieu Frigon, Interim President & CEO of the Dairy Processors Association of Canada. “It’s a great opportunity to share the delicious dairy products we know, love and that fuel us with nutrients and energy every day.”

Today’s donation provided approximately 400 people with cheese, yogurt, and milk generously provided by DPAC members General Mills Canada and Saputo Dairy Products Canada GP. DFC and DPAC representatives handed out the products to those who were visiting the Mission for a community lunch. They also took the opportunity to tour the facility to learn more about how their donation would help those in need and the importance of nutrition for those who utilize the Mission’s services.

“As the Ottawa Mission serves an average of 1,308 meals a day, we greatly appreciate the generosity of DFC and DPAC in their donation today,” said Peter Tilley, Executive Director at the Ottawa Mission. “Donations such as these are vitally important to the sustainability of the Mission, and to the health and wellbeing of those who need our services. On behalf of the Ottawa Mission, I want to thank dairy farmers, and dairy processors, for this contribution.”

In addition to today’s donation, DFC and DPAC are also celebrating World Milk Day online through Twitter and Facebook. Follow along with #WorldMilkDay and join the celebration!

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.

About Dairy Processors of Canada

The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) is Canada’s national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interests of the Canadian dairy processing industry. DPAC’s members represent some of the most recognized brands in Canada, providing work to over 23,000 Canadians and contributing $17.3 billion to the national economy.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Ciana Van Dusen

Dairy Processors Association of Canada

613-232-7242

cvandusen@dpac-atlc.ca

Canadians continue to strongly support the Canadian dairy sector

Farmers Voice - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:15

A new study by Ipsos shows that Canadians stand firmly behind the Canadian dairy sector, and want the federal government to do even more to defend them during the NAFTA re-negotiations. Canadians continue to strongly support their dairy farmers. Results from the poll can be found here.

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A strong majority of Canadians agree that the federal government should defend Canada’s dairy farmers in the NAFTA renegotiation 75% of Canadians believe that the federal government should make more efforts to defend the Canadian dairy sector in the context of the NAFTA renegotiation

The number of Canadians who want to see more done by the federal government to defend the Canadian dairy sector during NAFTA negotiations is very high.

The large majority of Canadians (75%) believe the Canadian dairy sector should be defended and that the federal government should make more effort to do so at the NAFTA negotiating table, according to an Ipsos poll conducted between April 26 and 27, 2018. Three Canadians out of 4 agree that the Canadian dairy sector should be defended in the context of the NAFTA renegotiation, with almost half of all Canadians (46%) in total agreement with this statement, and this sentiment is stronger in Quebec and Ontario. Additionally, 8 Canadians out of 10 share Canadian dairy farmers’ concerns with regard to the NAFTA renegotiation and the potential concessions that could result from this renegotiation.

Interestingly, the ability of the government to protect the Canadian dairy industry is likely to impact Canadians’ votes in the upcoming election: 6 Canadians out of 10 declare that the extent to which the federal government will protect the interests of Canada’s dairy industry will have an impact on their vote in the upcoming election. A quarter of respondents state that it will affect their vote a lot.

Further to this, 9 Canadians out of 10 believe U.S dairy products should be subject to the same standards as Canadian products and that this should be part of the terms of the new NAFTA agreement. Seven Canadians out of 10 totally agree with this opinion.

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between April 26 and 27, 2018, on behalf of Dairy Farmers of Canada. For this survey, a sample of 1,000 Canadians aged 18+ was interviewed online via the Ipsos I-Say panel and non-panel sources. Quota sampling and weighting were employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Sébastien Dallaire
Vice President, Ipsos Public Affairs
+1 514 904 4324
Sebastien.Dallaire@ipsos.com

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