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Canadians continue to strongly support the Canadian dairy sector

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

Supply managed farm groups react to the Supreme Court Decision

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

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

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

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

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