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Dairy Farmers of Canada concludes successful AGM, elects new President Pierre Lampron

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:28

Dairy farmers from across the country met in Edmonton, Alberta, from July 18 to 19, to participate in industry discussions and sessions at Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Business included consideration of the Canadian Healthy Eating Strategy, upcoming re-negotiations of NAFTA, the election of a new President, and the signing of the Rotterdam Declaration by the Canada dairy sector. Canadian Ambassador to the U.S., David McNaughton, spoke to delegates at the farmer-only closed session, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri Food, Jean-Claude Poissant, addressed attendees of the AGM’s banquet.

“Dairy farmers continue to be firmly united behind our system of supply management,” said Wally Smith, outgoing DFC President. “I am confident in the new leadership of the organization, which continues to have a clear mandate to defend this critically important domestic policy on behalf of our farmers, as Canada engages in NAFTA re-negotiations, beginning next month.”

Elections for a new DFC President were held as Wally Smith has completed the maximum three terms. After a much anticipated vote by delegates, Pierre Lampron was elected as DFC’s new President, for a two-year term. Additionally, a new Executive Committee has been formed, comprised of David Wiens, Reint-Jan Dykstra, Ralph Dietrich, and Bruno Letendre.

“I am honoured to have been elected as DFC’s President, and look forward to working with DFC staff, and our members, to promote and protect the interests of all Canadian dairy farmers,” said Pierre Lampron. “While we face challenges, in the coming months as we head into the re-negotiation of NAFTA and proposed changes to nutrition regulations, I am confident that united, we will be successful.”

The AGM also included the official signing of the Rotterdam Declaration by representatives of the Canadian dairy industry, which aims to reiterate the integrated approach that the dairy sector continues to take towards enhancing its sustainability. This is in addition to Canadian dairy farmer’s commitment to the Canadian sustainability initiative, which is already in place.

Speakers at the AGM included Adam Vervoort from Bank of Montreal, Don Anderson of Farm Credit Canada, as well as keynote speaker Dr. Judith Bryans, President of the International Dairy Federation and Dairy Federation UK, who also signed the Rotterdam Declaration.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Response from Dairy Farmers of Canada on the U.S. starting positions for the re-negotiation of NAFTA

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 14:55

The U.S. starting positions for the re-negotiation of NAFTA were released today, and we are currently reviewing them.

Our initial reaction is that the US objectives remains fairly broad, and there isn’t anything new. We will not comment further at this time. Canada’s own consultation on the re-negotiation of NAFTA is ending tomorrow, July 18. Canada’s demands for the re-negotiation of NAFTA negotiations should be made public by the Government of Canada sometime thereafter. DFC is currently finalizing its submission to the consultations, but DFC’s position should not come as a surprise. Dairy should be excluded from the re-negotiation of NAFTA. This is in line with the unanimous position endorsed by delegates at DFC’s Annual Policy Conference in February.

  • Dairy wasn’t part of the first NAFTA agreement, and there is no valid new evidence to support that dairy be discussed in this round of discussions.
  • The U.S. has a positive and growing dairy trade balance with Canada.
  • Canada’s dairy policies respect international trade laws.
  • The United States is only looking to Canada’s market because they have overproduced. When too much milk is produced, prices crash, and the end result is job loss, loss of income for farmers, and in some cases, farmers having to shut down their farms.
  • Canada’s market is already full of Canadian milk, and is not a solution for overproduction.
  • Canada’s total dairy exports represent less than the combined total exports of the states of Wisconsin and New York – our dairy exports are a tiny fraction of the world market, and are far too small to impact it in a significant way.
  • Under supply management, Canadian dairy farmers have chosen to focus on serving our domestic market.

DFC will continue to advocate that Canadian farmers must not be negatively impacted as the consequence of any trade agreement.

The story of the Crozier family and Chelsen Dairies

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:49

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Alberta, the Crozier family of Cheslen Dairies, located in Sturgeon County, north of Edmonton.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations. Since its launch, DFC has highlighted one family from each province; Alberta’s Crozier family is the final family to be featured from our book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future.

“I’m grateful for the work my ancestors put into building this farm,” says Lenard Crozier. “I am even more proud to know that my family’s longstanding tradition of producing high quality milk is continuing through my sons, Jason and Brett.”

Lenard Crozier’s dairying days have taken him from riding on a “stone boat” loaded with milk cans and multiple Crozier kids to robot milking and cell phone alerts from the milking barn. In recognition of his involvement in the dairy industry for over 20 years representing milk producers on various milk boards and committees, he was awarded the Alberta Dairy Industry Achievement Award in 2012.

“Canadian dairy farmers have fed the country in a sustainable way, from even before the time of Confederation,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to showcase the Crozier family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, constantly innovating in their pursuit of producing Canadian quality milk and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Crozier family and Cheslen Dairies full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

The Porter Family – Resiliency and Perseverance in BC

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 07:23

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing British Columbia, the Porter family of Porter’s Dairy Farm, in Chemainus, British Columbia.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“Dairy farming has changed so much since my family first started farming, but what remains is a deep love and appreciation of the land and what it’s provided for us,” says Don Porter. “Our family is proud to produce high quality milk for the people of Vancouver Island and Canada.”

Don’s ancestors immigrated to Chemainus from England in 1883 to take up work at the local sawmill. They soon bought some land, built a barn and grew a small milking herd. In 1938, Don’s father Charlie began bottling and selling milk door-to-door, helping him grow his herd to 55 cows and becoming a well-loved member of the Vancouver Island community because of his milk truck. Today, Don and his wife Karen, along with their son Ian and his wife Brianne, run Porter’s Dairy Farm and milk 250 cows on 400 acres of cleared land.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the Porter family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Porter family and Porter’s Dairy Farm full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Annual General Meeting

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:52

The Annual General Meeting for the Dairy Farmers of Canada will take place from July 18 – 19, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta.

For more information about the Annual General Meeting, or to register, visit: http://www.dfcagm.albertamilk.com/

The Ell Family – Dairy Trailblazers in Western Canada

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:24

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Saskatchewan, the Ell family of Ell Dairy Farm, in Kronau, Saskatchewan.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“We are proud to be part of a Canadian dairy family. There is no work more gratifying than taking care of our animals and producing food for Canadians,” says Gord Ell. “It’s a challenging life, but we love what we do and are honoured to be able to maintain our family’s tradition.”

Gord, who farms with his wife Tiffany, is a fifth generation dairy farmer. His ancestors arrived from Germany in 1899, settling in Kronau because there was land to spare and farming was cheap. Soon after, they were milking cows and thus began their dairy legacy. The Ell family are dairy pioneers in Western Canada, building the first milking parlour in Western Canada in the mid-1950s and becoming the first family in Saskatchewan to milk more than a 100 cows by 1970. Today, Gord and Tiffany milk 200 cows on 3,000 acres of land.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the Ell family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Ell family and Ell Dairy Farms full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Fuelling Women Champions expands grant program to support amateur female sport

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:17

Canada’s dairy farmers accepting applications for the $150,000 fund

Sports are integral to maintaining health and building confidence, however the vast majority of Canadian females abandon sport as young adults. Canadian dairy farmers are helping break down barriers for amateur female athletes by launching the Champions Fund for the second year, and committing additional funding and grants to help even more young female athletes in 2017. Canada’s dairy farmers are currently accepting applications for the $150,000 fund – up from $100,000 in 2016 – which will be distributed as 30 grants of $5,000 to help young female athletes pursue their sports dreams.

“The response in the first year of the Champions Fund was tremendous and stories that young female athletes shared in their applications highlighted their need for support as they face gender inequalities in their chosen sports,” says Wally Smith, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Canada’s dairy farmers across the country are proud to help support healthy living through the Champions Fund grants and inspire females to achieve all they can in sport through the Fuelling Women Champions initiative.”

In its first year, the Champions Fund received more than 2,500 applications for grants. Many of the first-year grant recipients have already used their funds to achieve more in their sport, including the following:

  • Team Canada Deaf Women Volleyball subsidized the costs of travel for team members to attend weekend training camps in preparation for the Deaflympics in Turkey this July.
  • Rower, Carly Zanatta, travelled to Burnaby, BC to compete in the National Rowing Championships and placed first in her age category, allowing her to receive carding for her sport and train at the National Team Centre in London, Ontario this year.
  • Baseball and hockey player, Brooklyn Childs, attended the National Team Development Camp for hockey in Cuba, which allowed her to excel in her games in Atlantic Canada and win Female Athlete of the year for the City of Corner Brook.

The Champions Fund is a nation-wide program, and an extension of the Fuelling Women Champions movement. In its second year, the fund is being expanded to $150,000 – up from $100,000 in 2016 – and will be distributed as 30 grants of $5,000 to female athletes, teams and organizations across Canada. The top 50-60 applicants are selected based on a scorecard and the merits of their applications. Then, the Champions Fund Committee, a board of 10 individuals comprised of Fuelling Women Champions stakeholders, ambassadors and partners, will select the 30 final grant recipients, who will be announced in October 2017.

According to a 2016 study commissioned by Canada’s dairy farmers, only 59 per cent of girls aged 3-17 and 16 per cent of adult women in Canada participate in sport. The Champions Fund, and the overarching initiative, Fuelling Women Champions, aims to inspire girls and women, regardless of age or ability, in local communities across Canada to realize the universal benefits of sport.

For more information, to apply for the Champions Fund, or to get involved in the initiative, visit www.womenchampions.ca. The application period runs from June 20 to September 20, 2017. Fund recipients will be announced in October 2017. Follow and join the movement online to #ChampionHer.

About Fuelling Women Champions

Fuelling Women Champions is a national, multi-year initiative spearheaded by Canada’s dairy farmers and it is dedicated to the advancement of women in sport. Canada’s dairy farmers are personally committing their time, energy and resources to this cause, and have partnered with several thought-leaders, celebrated athletes, and sports organizations.

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Media requiring further information, please contact:

Sybil Eastman / Paul-Mark Rendon

DDB PR

(416) 972-5844 / (416) 972-7784

sybil.eastman@can.ddbpr.com / paul-mark.rendon@can.ddbpr.com

Resignation of DFC Executive Director

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:26

It is with a mix of sadness for her departure and gratitude for her efforts that theBoard of Directors of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) announces that its Executive Director, Caroline Emond,has decided to step down effective July 4, 2017.

Since January 2015, Ms. Emond has played a critical role in several transformational files. Ms. Emond hassuccessfully led Canadian dairy producers to reach an historic agreement in principle with dairy processors.She revamped the organization’s look and feel with the launch of the new visual identity and revised theorganization mission, vision and values to bring DFC in the twenty first century. She worked withSaskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba marketing team to create additional synergies to ensure a bettercohesion with the organizations. She also helped minimize the impacts of the TPP on dairy farmers.In light of her many accomplishments, she has decided to move on.“Caroline has brought a breath of fresh air to DFC. We are grateful for her legacy, which will contribute to abright future for the dairy industry. She was instrumental in one of the most challenging times in the history ofCanada dairy industry.” Said Wally Smith, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada.We sincerely thank Caroline for her contribution to Dairy Famers of Canada and to the Canadian dairyindustry. She has shown to be a well-respected lobbyist and a dedicated leader. We wish her the best for herfuture projects.Over the next few months, DFC will be conducting a search to find the new ExecutiveDirector.-30-For informationIsabelle Bouchard613-513-8879

It is with a mix of sadness for her departure and gratitude for her efforts that theBoard of Directors of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) announces that its Executive Director, Caroline Emond,has decided to step down effective July 4, 2017.Since January 2015, Ms. Emond has played a critical role in several transformational files. Ms. Emond hassuccessfully led Canadian dairy producers to reach an historic agreement in principle with dairy processors.She revamped the organization’s look and feel with the launch of the new visual identity and revised theorganization mission, vision and values to bring DFC in the twenty first century. She worked withSaskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba marketing team to create additional synergies to ensure a bettercohesion with the organizations. She also helped minimize the impacts of the TPP on dairy farmers.In light of her many accomplishments, she has decided to move on.“Caroline has brought a breath of fresh air to DFC. We are grateful for her legacy, which will contribute to abright future for the dairy industry. She was instrumental in one of the most challenging times in the history ofCanada dairy industry.” Said Wally Smith, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada.We sincerely thank Caroline for her contribution to Dairy Famers of Canada and to the Canadian dairyindustry. She has shown to be a well-respected lobbyist and a dedicated leader. We wish her the best for herfuture projects.Over the next few months, DFC will be conducting a search to find the new ExecutiveDirector.

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For information

Isabelle Bouchard

613-513-8879

The Philippot Family – A Dairy Legacy in Manitoba

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 07:16

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Manitoba, the Philippot family of Philippot Farms, in St. Claude, Manitoba.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a dairy farmer – farming is my passion,” says Alain Philippot. “I learned from my father, and he from his father, how to take care of the land and to keep it healthy so it can be passed down from generation to generation.”

Alain, along with his wife Michelle, is a third generation farmer who milks 68 cows at Philippot Farms. The dairy industry developed in St. Claude due to some misfortune in the 1930s, namely the Great Depression and a terrible drought. No crops would grow because of the drought but the grass that grew like weeds turned out to be great for feeding cows. Armed with a new barn purchased before the Depression hit the community hard, Alexis Philippot leveraged the barn and the new grass to invest in cows, and subsequently, dairy. His family has never looked back.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the Philippot family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Philippot family and Philippot Farms full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

The Wert Family – A Bright Outlook for Dairy in Canada

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:55

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Ontario, the Wert family of Stanlee Farms, in Avonmore, Ontario.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“Our family has been part of the Avonmore community since 1864, and generation after generation, we have proudly produced Canadian quality milk,” says Jim Wert. “The future of Canadian dairy farming is bright because the next generation is combining new technology, new science and the knowledge passed down from the generations before them.”

Jim, along with his wife Nancy, are fourth generation dairy farmers who own Stanlee Farms. What started as a 100 acre parcel of land has grown under supply management into a farming model that is sustainable environmentally, economically and ethically. The farm has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and an electrical barn fire that almost pushed the family out of dairy. With a passionate and dedicated fifth generation interested in taking over the farm, the future is bright for Stanlee Farms.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the Wert family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Wert family and Stanlee Farms full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Canadian dairy farmers celebrate World Milk Day

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 05:21

Today, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to share how we celebrate the vibrant dairy industry in Canada on World Milk Day.

“World Milk Day is a great time to invite everyone to take a moment and enjoy a glass of milk. We also want to celebrate the dairy industry here in Canada, which is growing and thriving,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “Our unique system of supply management allows us to produce nutritious, wholesome milk for Canadians in a sustainable way, and is the best system in the world. We are grateful for the support that Canadians continue to show our farmers, and on behalf of Canadian dairy farmers, I want to say thank you.”

DFC is teaming up with Chicken Farmers of Canada, Canadian Hatching Egg Producers, Egg Farmers of Canada, and Turkey Farmers of Canada to host a unique pop-up diner on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa to showcase Canadian food and the benefits of supply management. The Downtown Diner is a great occasion for people in downtown Ottawa to enjoy local products and talk to farmers about their farms and supply management. Everyone is welcome to come and taste great Canadian food.

DFC is also hosting Twitter parties in both French and English in honour of World Milk Day and to celebrate here in Canada. Canadians can join in and follow along with #WorldMilkDayCa at 11am Eastern Time for the French Twitter Party and/or 12pm Eastern Time for the English Twitter Party, as DFC hears directly from consumers about their favourite dairy products, and why they love Canadian milk.

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

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

The Maranda Family – Keeping the Dairy Tradition Alive in Quebec

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:40

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Quebec, the Maranda family of the Roémax farm, in Saint-Pierre-de-l’Île d’Orléans, in Quebec.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“Our ancestors settled here in 1666 and it is a testament of their perseverance and ingenuity that today we continue to farm and produce milk in a sustainable manner on this same piece of land,” said Éric Maranda. “Dairy farming has evolved over the last few centuries, but our commitment to protecting the environment and taking care of our animals has not wavered. We want to produce the best quality milk in the most efficient way so future generations can continue the dairy tradition established by the first Marandas of Île d’Orléans.”

Éric Maranda recently took over the farm from his father Roger. Along with his young son, three generations of Marandas today live in the ancestral home built in 1749. Éric credits a profound love of farming, an entrepreneurial spirit and perseverance for the farm’s success over such a long period of time. Today, the Marandas milk 35 to 40 head of cattle on 85 hectares of land.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the Maranda family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Maranda family and Roémax farm’s full story, please visit dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

The Conroy family – Finding New Life on a Historical Farm

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 07:17

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing New Brunswick, the Conroy family of Dixon Valleyview Farms in Hoyt, New Brunswick.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“We feel fortunate to have this farm, which has been a part of the Hoyt community for 247 years, and to be a part of its history,” said Kevin Conroy. “Every owner has contributed to the sustainability and growth of this farm and we are proud to continue the tradition of producing quality milk for Canadians in New Brunswick.”

Kevin and his wife Diana fulfilled Kevin’s lifelong dream of owning a dairy farm when they purchased the centuries-old Dixon Valleyview Farms, in 2014. Once the farm was theirs, they then faced the challenge of moving halfway across the country with their four children and had to learn to be dairy farmers. Thankfully, they were quick learners and today, Kevin and Diana are implementing their vision for the farm in the hopes of encouraging others to join the industry. They have ploughed fields, planted crops and cleared ditches and creeks to improve their crop land, to one day produce all the feed for their cows themselves.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the Conroy family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Conroy family and Dixon Valleyview Farms’ full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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:

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Thank you Canada! Canadians Love Canadian Dairy

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:00

Canadian dairy farmers are thrilled by the overwhelming reaction of our fellow Canadians who took time to provide their words of support online and in person in recent weeks. Thank you for continuing to choose Canadian milk and dairy products!

What follows is reprinted with permission from Abacus. The survey below was not commissioned by DFC nor did we discuss the poll before it was done by the firm and published on April 25, 2017
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By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto:

The large majority of Canadians (92%) are happy with the range and quality of dairy products available in Canada, and two thirds are satisfied with prices. This view that the market is working reasonably well today creates an important context in which the recent statements by President Trump will be received by Canadian voters.

When informed that the US/President Trump has been critical of Canada for not allowing easier access to US dairy products and would like to see Canadian markets open to more imports, Canadians were mostly are unmoved.

By a broad margin (77%) Canadians were inclined to feel that “like the US and other countries, Canada has policies that are designed to support a healthy Canadian dairy farm sector and they work well enough to meet the needs of consumers too”. Only 23% chose the alternative argument that “Canada should change our rules and allow more foreign dairy products to compete in our market because it would mean more products would be available and possibly lower prices for consumers.”

Note – We asked half our sample mentioning President Trump specifically and the other half without attributing the criticism to him specifically. The results were only marginally different – those told that the criticism was leveled by Mr. Trump were four points more likely to say Canada’s policies were fine the way they are.

We then asked people what they felt Canada should do if the US Administration presses Canada on this issue. Almost no one (7%) felt that Canada should simply agree to the changes the US was asking for. Opinion is somewhat divided between those who feel Canada should “stand firm and refuse to make any changes” (43%) and those who say Canada should “negotiate a solution that gets Canada something we would like in exchange for giving the Americans some of what they want in the dairy sector.” (50%)

Respondents who had been informed that it was President Trump who was making the case for opening up our markets were 8 points more likely that other respondents to say that Canada should “stand firm” and 9 points less likely to say we should give something to get something.

In considering the political context for this issue in Canada, it’s important to look at how responses differ by region, political leaning and whether people live in rural or more urban/suburban settings.

  • In every region of the country, and across rural and urban and all major party lines, a majority is satisfied with the range, quality and price of Canadian dairy products.
  • More than 70% in every region, among both genders, all age groups, among all major party supporters and across rural and urban Canada believe Canada’s policies are working well enough. Only 23% of Conservative voters believe Canada should open up markets; 24% among Liberal supporters, and 9% among NDP voters.
  • On the question of what Canada should do if the US presses the matter, no subgroup shows more than 11% interest in simply going along with the US demands. Conservative voters were a bit more inclined to prefer to see a negotiated solution over standing firm (52% to 39%) while Liberals were more drawn to the stand firm (55%) versus a negotiated settlement (38%). NDP voters were evenly split. In Quebec, 55% prefer a “stand firm” position, compared to 37% who favoured negotiation.

THE UPSHOT

According to Abacus Chairman Bruce Anderson:

“The Trudeau government is not alone in facing important challenges in our trading relationship with the US. These results show that most Canadians want Ottawa to show a combination of firmness and pragmatism in dealing with trade irritants, an instinct that probably would extend to other trade challenges beyond dairy as well.

For Canada’s dairy producers the results show that Canadian opinion is more instinctively aligned with them than not – but in a qualified manner. Canadians will consider the overall shape of the relationship with the US and expect their government to mount a strategic defense of Canada’s interests.

That means defending dairy policy if necessary, but not necessarily protecting dairy rules if other strategic interests outweigh that consideration.”

METHODOLOGY

Our survey was conducted online with 1,500 Canadians aged 18 and over from April 21 to 24, 2017. A random sample of panelists was invited to complete the survey from a large representative panel of over 500,000 Canadians.

The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association policy limits statements about margins of sampling error for most online surveys. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of 1,500 is +/- 2.6%, 19 times out of 20.

The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

ABACUS DATA INC.

We offer global research capacity with a strong focus on customer service, attention to detail and value-added insight. Our team combines the experience of our Chairman Bruce Anderson, one of Canada’s leading research executives for two decades, with the energy, creativity and research expertise of CEO David Coletto, Ph.D.

- See more at: http://abacusdata.ca/trade-trump-milk-how-canadians-react-to-tough-talk/

Thank you Canada!

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 07:38

Canadians Love Canadian Dairy

Canadian dairy farmers are thrilled by the overwhelming reaction of our fellow Canadians who took time to provide their words of support online and in person in recent weeks. Thank you for continuing to choose Canadian milk and dairy products!

What follows is reprinted with permission from Abacus. The survey below was not commissioned by DFC nor did we discuss the poll before it was done by the firm and published on April 25, 2017
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By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto:

The large majority of Canadians (92%) are happy with the range and quality of dairy products available in Canada, and two thirds are satisfied with prices. This view that the market is working reasonably well today creates an important context in which the recent statements by President Trump will be received by Canadian voters.

When informed that the US/President Trump has been critical of Canada for not allowing easier access to US dairy products and would like to see Canadian markets open to more imports, Canadians were mostly are unmoved.

By a broad margin (77%) Canadians were inclined to feel that “like the US and other countries, Canada has policies that are designed to support a healthy Canadian dairy farm sector and they work well enough to meet the needs of consumers too”. Only 23% chose the alternative argument that “Canada should change our rules and allow more foreign dairy products to compete in our market because it would mean more products would be available and possibly lower prices for consumers.”

Note – We asked half our sample mentioning President Trump specifically and the other half without attributing the criticism to him specifically. The results were only marginally different – those told that the criticism was leveled by Mr. Trump were four points more likely to say Canada’s policies were fine the way they are.

We then asked people what they felt Canada should do if the US Administration presses Canada on this issue. Almost no one (7%) felt that Canada should simply agree to the changes the US was asking for. Opinion is somewhat divided between those who feel Canada should “stand firm and refuse to make any changes” (43%) and those who say Canada should “negotiate a solution that gets Canada something we would like in exchange for giving the Americans some of what they want in the dairy sector.” (50%)

Respondents who had been informed that it was President Trump who was making the case for opening up our markets were 8 points more likely that other respondents to say that Canada should “stand firm” and 9 points less likely to say we should give something to get something.

In considering the political context for this issue in Canada, it’s important to look at how responses differ by region, political leaning and whether people live in rural or more urban/suburban settings.

  • In every region of the country, and across rural and urban and all major party lines, a majority is satisfied with the range, quality and price of Canadian dairy products.
  • More than 70% in every region, among both genders, all age groups, among all major party supporters and across rural and urban Canada believe Canada’s policies are working well enough. Only 23% of Conservative voters believe Canada should open up markets; 24% among Liberal supporters, and 9% among NDP voters.
  • On the question of what Canada should do if the US presses the matter, no subgroup shows more than 11% interest in simply going along with the US demands. Conservative voters were a bit more inclined to prefer to see a negotiated solution over standing firm (52% to 39%) while Liberals were more drawn to the stand firm (55%) versus a negotiated settlement (38%). NDP voters were evenly split. In Quebec, 55% prefer a “stand firm” position, compared to 37% who favoured negotiation.

THE UPSHOT

According to Abacus Chairman Bruce Anderson:

“The Trudeau government is not alone in facing important challenges in our trading relationship with the US. These results show that most Canadians want Ottawa to show a combination of firmness and pragmatism in dealing with trade irritants, an instinct that probably would extend to other trade challenges beyond dairy as well.

For Canada’s dairy producers the results show that Canadian opinion is more instinctively aligned with them than not – but in a qualified manner. Canadians will consider the overall shape of the relationship with the US and expect their government to mount a strategic defense of Canada’s interests.

That means defending dairy policy if necessary, but not necessarily protecting dairy rules if other strategic interests outweigh that consideration.”

METHODOLOGY

Our survey was conducted online with 1,500 Canadians aged 18 and over from April 21 to 24, 2017. A random sample of panelists was invited to complete the survey from a large representative panel of over 500,000 Canadians.

The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association policy limits statements about margins of sampling error for most online surveys. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of 1,500 is +/- 2.6%, 19 times out of 20.

The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

ABACUS DATA INC.

We offer global research capacity with a strong focus on customer service, attention to detail and value-added insight. Our team combines the experience of our Chairman Bruce Anderson, one of Canada’s leading research executives for two decades, with the energy, creativity and research expertise of CEO David Coletto, Ph.D.

- See more at: http://abacusdata.ca/trade-trump-milk-how-canadians-react-to-tough-talk/

The Burrows family - A love for dairy farming and for their Nova Scotia community

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:27

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Nova Scotia, the Burrows family of Clover Crest Farm in Green Oak, Nova Scotia.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“Family dairy farms are integral to feeding Canadians, and are vitally important to the thread and fabric of Canada as a whole,” said Jim Burrows. “Our family has been a part of the Green Oak community for generations, and we are very happy that this will continue with our son Alexander, and farmhand Jason. I’m so proud of the work our family has done to produce milk sustainably over the years, and I am excited to see how our farm will continue to evolve to produce Canadian quality milk.”

Jim and his wife Leslie own Clover Crest Farm, which was established in 1765. The family milks 90 cows, and they are in the process of transitioning the farm to the next generation. Son Alexander, a veterinarian and the farm’s resident cow expert, and Jason Nelson, the farmhand who will become a co-owner with Alexander when the time comes, have gradually started to take on more and more responsibility as they look to the future. Still, Jim continues to work tirelessly to ensure that his cows are happy and well looked after, such as ensuring the best diet possible for the cows through working with crop and cow nutritionists.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. I am honoured to introduce the Burrows family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community.”

To read the Burrows family and Clover Crest Farm’s full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

The MacInnis Family-Dairy Farming on Prince Edward Island for Centuries

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:19

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing Prince Edward Island, the MacInnis family, who have been farming on the Island for over 200 hundred years.

Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. The book traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada’s provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.

“The continued fertility of our land, which we have farmed on for over two centuries, speaks to our commitment to producing milk in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Ronnie MacInnis. “Dairy farming has changed since our ancestors first came here, but one thing that has stayed the same is our passion for our animals, the environment, and our community. I am excited for the future of dairy farming, and proud of our past.”

The fifth generation MacInnis Brothers Farm is owned by Ronnie and his wife Karen, and is run with the help of one of their four sons. Tragedy, war, and technology, coupled with determination and perseverance, has shaped the farm’s rich history. Today, they MacInnises milk 50 cows in picturesque St. Peter’s Bay.

“By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk,” said Wally Smith, DFC’s President. “I am honoured to introduce the MacInnis family, whose story exemplifies what it means to be a dairy farmer-dedicated, hard-working, a great love for the environment and for animals, and a sense of pride in feeding Canadians.”

To read the MacInnis family and MacInnis Brothers Farm’s full story, please visit www.dairyfarmers.ca for a PDF version of the book.

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

Ashlee Smith

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca