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New Milestone in Dairy Farmers’ Sustainability Story

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:57

On Friday, September 1, 2017, the next phase of Canadian dairy’s sustainability initiative, officially began.

Dairy farmers are required to keep additional records about the care and traceability of their animals on the farm, as part of the proAction® initiative.

Canadian dairy farmers have traditionally employed sustainable practices on their farm and therefore have a great sustainability story to tell. Stakeholders and partners, such as processors, retailers, NGOs, and researchers, have noticed the continuous improvement made to raise standards in the Canadian dairy industry. To be able to share our story with credibility, it is increasingly important to measure and demonstrate our world-class standards in producing high quality milk in a sustainable way, in line with Canadian values. In 2013, we expanded our sustainability initiative, which we call proAction, building on the successful Canadian track record for milk quality and food safety, and we are gradually adding the verification of various sustainability metrics over the years.

The initiative documents credible metrics and independently validates each farm to prove to customers that farmers do things right. For example, Holstein Canada has already conducted cattle assessments on over 20% of farms, one of the steps of the new Animal Care module, which is based on the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle. By September 2019, all farms will have undergone this official independent assessment, a validation and have record-keeping, on top of good management practices they already employ. These additional steps confirm that farmers measure their progress to continue to farm sustainably.

The ability to trace our animals and their whereabouts is key to maintaining the confidence of Canadians in our sector. In Canada, all cattle have been systematically ear-tagged since the federal regulations came into force in 2001 and 99 percent of dairy farms have a premises identification number.

Quotes:

“We have long been sustainable in our farming practices and are very passionate about what we do. Our respect for resources, animals and the environment are the reasons the sector is sustainable today. We intend to move forward, building on our strengths, to be sustainable tomorrow.”

– Pierre Lampron, DFC president

“As dairy farmers, we are very proud to collectively demonstrate responsible stewardship of our animals and land, sustainably producing milk and meat that are high quality, safe, and nutritious. Treating our animals well, and providing excellent care is one of the highest priorities of the Canadian dairy sector.

– David Wiens, DFC vice-president and chair of the proAction committee

Find out more about our sustainability story at http://www.dairyfarmers.ca/proAction or watch our video.

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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For more information:

Anne-Marie Roy
613.415.8981

annemarie.roy@dfc-plc.ca

Thérèse Beaulieu

613.236.9997 x 2751

therese.beaulieu@dfc-plc.ca

Building a Sustainable Dairy Industry - Symposium

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:16

Join us as we discuss the sustainability of the Canadian dairy industry!

AGENDA
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EVENT #1 - FARM TOUR
November 7, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
We will visit two dairy farms . Each stop will have sessions to specifically discuss sustainability on-farm as well as nutritional sustainability. Lunch is included.

EVENT #2 - WINE AND CHEESE
November 7, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Enjoy Canadian wine and Canadian cheese as well as hors d'oeuvre while learning more about the Canadian dairy industry. This is a free event however registration is required.

EVENT #3 - SYMPOSIUM
November 8, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
How important is milk from sustainable farms in Canada? Will milk continue to be a part of a sustainable, nutritious diet? What is a processors perspective on dairy sustainability? We will cover these topics in detail with speakers ranging from farmers, to industry personel to retailers and processors.
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Get more information about the symposium :
Event details - Building a Sustainable Dairy Industry

Register on Eventbrite

Dairy Farmers of Canada in Washington, D.C.

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:28

Representatives from Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) are in Washington with their supply managed partners for the beginning of the re-negotiations of the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The dairy sector is not a part of the current edition of the free-trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, and DFC President, Pierre Lampron, hopes the status-quo will remain.

“We are here this week to support our government. The Prime Minister and his cabinet have clearly expressed their support and willingness to protect the dairy industry and supply management. We are here to ensure that their actions match their words,” declared Mr. Lampron.

Over the last few months, the American President has pointed the finger at the Canadian dairy industry and supply management in his quest to find a market for the American dairy industry’s overproduction. “As Prime Minister Trudeau said, supply management is a system that works for dairy farmers, Canadians and for Canada,” added Mr. Lampron.

The goal of these first NAFTA re-negotiation meetings is to establish parameters and an action plan for future negotiations. DFC will be present on the ground at all future rounds of the re-negotiation, to support the Canadian government in its efforts to defend Canada’s best interests.

Contact :
Ashlee Smith
Assistant Director, Internal Communications and Corporate Sponsorships.
(613) 240-3881
ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Statement from DFC in reaction to government’s Dairy Farm Investment Program

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:46

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the administrative details of the $250 million Dairy Farm Investment Program that will be implemented to mitigate some of the negative impact on Canada’s dairy farmers coming as a result of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Farmers can access information and can now apply to the program online.

In announcing the transition program last November, the government acknowledged that the access granted in CETA would negatively impact Canadian dairy farmers. We are looking forward to seeing the Dairy Farm Investment Program in action to ensure that it functions as intended, and that the program has the ability to be adjusted if required, to truly benefit farmers.

The announcement of the details of the Dairy Farm Investment Program came on the heels of an announcement regarding the allocation of the new tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for cheeses that will be imported from Europe as a result of CETA. DFC believes that a greater allocation of the TRQ to cheesemakers would have ensured they could import cheeses that are not already produced in Canada, and thus offer a greater variety of cheeses to Canadian consumers. DFC and Dairy Processors Association of Canada issued a joint release to say the government missed an opportunity to support the future growth of the Canadian dairy industry. The release can be read here.

Canada’s dairy farmers remain committed to producing high quality milk for Canadians. Our industry has grown over the last number of years, and we hope that with this transition fund, our industry will continue to prosper as we face the implementation of the CETA agreement. We appreciate the government’s continued support for supply management, and their commitment to ensuring a sustainable, viable and efficient dairy industry for the benefit of the Canadian economy, and for consumers.

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 story of the Crozier family and Cheslen Dairies

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:44

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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Ashlee Smith

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Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca