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The Milk Calendar, a Canadian Tradition, Emerges for 2018 with Seasonal Twists on Classic Recipes

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:51

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s beloved Milk Calendar Celebrates Local, Sustainable Food with 19 New and Healthy Recipes

Today more than ever, Canadians are looking to nourish themselves and their families with hand-crafted, good-for-you recipes that make the most of local, seasonal offerings. The time-honoured Milk Calendar is answering this call with its 41st edition, packed full of delicious recipes highlighting 100% Canadian dairy, along with food pairings that are sure to please the whole family.

Featuring 19 new, nutritious, easy-to-make recipes, insightful cooking tips and share-worthy recipe variations, the 2018 Milk Calendar by Dairy Farmers of Canada will be distributed for free in local newspapers to almost two million homes across Ontario and Atlantic Canada starting November 16, 2017. Visit MilkCalendar.ca to see the complete list of newspapers.

Heather Trim, accomplished food writer and recipe developer, has created the mouth-watering, wholesome recipes for the 2018 Milk Calendar. “We’re so pleased to share new recipes that showcase how easy it is to prepare homemade dishes that include the goodness of Canadian milk,” says Trim. “These recipes truly pack a one-two punch – not only do they champion some of the best foods Canada has to share, they nourish our families’ from the inside out. Using the calendar is the perfect way to get the whole family excited about cooking, encouraging healthy eating habits while spending quality time together.”

The 2018 Milk Calendar contains seasonal recipes for the whole year, from winter comfort food and summer barbeques to delicious breakfasts, desserts and everything in between. Recipes such as Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Roasted Winter Squash Lentil and Greens Salad, and Super Easy Chicken Parm will surprise and delight parents and kids alike.

Visit MilkCalendar.ca to discover more recipes and helpful monthly demonstration videos. A French copy of the calendar can also be ordered here.

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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Canadian dairy farmers work with food industry on continued sustainability

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:08

Dairy Farmers of Canada concludes successful sustainability symposium “Building a Sustainable Dairy Industry”

Yesterday, more than 200 members of the Canadian dairy sector, as well as food industry stakeholders, gathered to discuss sustainability at Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) sustainability symposium, “Building a Sustainable Dairy Industry”. The Symposium was an opportunity for dairy farmers to showcase their commitment to the health and well-being of Canadians, to the environment, and to their animals. It also provided those in the food industry with the opportunity to network and discuss values and good practices and their importance to the overall food chain.

“Canadian dairy farmers are deeply committed to sustainability, which is one of the reasons why our industry has been around for centuries here in Canada,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC. “We are continuously looking for ways to improve our on-farm practices, and are proud to tell our sustainability story. The Symposium was a great event to bring together dairy farmers and stakeholders from the food industry, to discuss various aspects of the sustainable way we produce Canadian milk, and what is needed to maintain confidence in the food supply.”

The full-day program included presentations from Canadian dairy farmers, a retailer, a processor, and other stakeholders, as well as a round-table discussion on sustainable growth of the industry in the future. Minister Lawrence MacAuley also took time to deliver brief remarks to the audience. The Symposium included two farms tours for attendees on Tuesday, one held at La Ferme Gillette, a fifth generation dairy farm, and Wilkridge Farm, which features some of the most advanced technology for milking available on the market. A wine and cheese reception was also held, and was attended by several stakeholders, as well as politicians from all parties.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, 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.

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Media Contact

Ashlee Smith

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

613- 240-3881

Canadian farmers continue to support amateur female athletes and help them achieve their goals

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:23

Through Fuelling Women Champions, Dairy Farmers of Canada announce 30 recipients for the expanded Champions Fund

Today, Fuelling Women Champions announced the winners of the Champions Fund, an initiative by Canada’s dairy farmers, which aims to break down financial barriers for amateur female athletes as they work at achieving their goals in sport. Expanded for its second year, the Fund is distributing 30 grants of $5,000 totaling $150,000 to help even more young female athletes pursue their sports dreams. This is in comparison to the $100,000 grant from 2016, distributed to 20 female athletes with incredible stories.

The Champions Fund was launched in 2016 and saw an impressive 2,537 applications from female athletes across Canada, who submitted stories detailing their love of sport and their need of financial assistance to achieve their goals—all within the context of addressing the inequalities Canadian female athletes face versus their male counterparts. Many applications told the stories of amazing athletes struggling to make their sports dreams a reality, including their need for the basics: equipment, tournament fees, and access to training facilities.

“Canadian dairy farmers are so very proud to be able to support our female amateur athletes again this year through the Champions Fund,” said DFC’s President, Pierre Lampron. “Hearing their incredible stories has been truly inspirational. I want to extend my best wishes to these athletes as they pursue their goals, and thank all of those who applied.”

In its second year, the Champions Fund received more than 3,097 applications for grants from Canadian women across the nation. Grant recipients will use the grants for the betterment of themselves, their fellow teammates or communities as it pertains to sports. Recipients include:

  • Track and field star, Larissa Brown from Ottawa, ON, who lost her vision in grade seven and who has been using sport as a means for hope. She currently holds five Canadian records and with the Fund, she will be able to cover her training costs to continue her path to success and inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
  • Dragon boating team, Abreast in a Boat from Vancouver, BC, are all breast cancer survivors paddling to raise awareness for breast cancer and to demonstrate that survivors can still lead full, active lives. The Champions Fund will help the team offset the cost of regatta registration and equipment, so they can continue to do what they love and include other survivors on the team, to help with the emotional and physical healing that is needed after treatment.
  • Sami Jo Small opened up a hockey school (Sami Jo Small Female Hockey School) in Winnipeg, MB where she invites any female athlete from a First Nation to attend the camp free of charge. The Fund will allow her to continue to support First Nation female athletes by offering them the ability to participate in sport, teaching them how to interact with others and learning about the principle of inclusion.

2017 Champions Fund Recipients

Name Sport Location Abreast in a Boat Dragon Boating Vancouver, BC Amanda Timm Sit Skiing Canmore, AB Bethany Johnson Wheelchair Basketball Winnipeg, MB Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Field Hockey Vancouver, BC Carly McDonald Hockey Forestburg, AB Cindy Ouelette Wheelchair Basketball Quebec City, QC Colleen Lynch Speed Skating Dundas, ON Debora Barros Swimming Toronto, ON Eagle Point Judo Club Judo Stephenville Crossing, NL Emma Bedard Cycling Westmount, QC Equal Play Girls’ World Cup Soccer Leadership Pgm Soccer Vancouver, BC Fab Girls 5 KM Challenge Programs Running Hamilton, ON The London Sharks Volleyball Club Volleyball London, ON Go Time! Multi-Sport Vancouver, BC Hijabi Ballers Multi-sport Toronto, ON Jennifer Barnes Van Elk Multi-sport Cobble Hill, BC Kahnawake Survival School Wrestling Wrestling Kahnawake, QC Kelsie Cygan, Team Warburg, Warburg Curling Club Curling Warburg, AB Kugluktuk Grizzlies U13 Soccer Team Soccer Kugluktuk, NT Larissa Brown, Ottawa Lions T-12 Para Track & Field Track and Field Ottawa, ON Lucy Black Rowing Fredericton, NB Melanie Squire Rugby Scotland, ON Michaela Cormier Rugby Calgary, AB Nikkita Holder Track and Field Pickering, ON Olivia Oliver Figure Skating Barrie, ON Sage Matthews, Kimberly Dynamiters Hockey Academy Hockey Meadow Creek, BC Sami Jo Small Female Hockey School Hockey Winnipeg, MB Unama’Ki Snowboarders Snowboarding Cape Breton, NS Women’s Sledge Hockey of Canada Sledge Hockey Edmonton, AB The W.R.E.N.C.H Biking Winnipeg, MB

 

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.

The top 78 applicants were 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, have selected the 30 final grant recipients, who are being announced today.

For more information or to get involved in the initiative, visit www.womenchampions.ca. 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, which 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.

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 requiring further information, please contact:

Cristina Huré / Natalie Berardi

DDB Public Relations

(416) 972-7782 / (416) 925-9819

cristina.hure@can.ddbpr.com / natalie.berardi@can.ddbpr.com

Celebrating Women’s Health

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:20

Today, Moncton hosted the final stop in the cross-Canada symposium entitled Celebrating Women’s Health.

This event helped highlight the importance of the health challenges that women face. Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), the symposium made stops this week in Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, welcoming more than 1,600 dietitians and health professionals.

“Women face specific challenges such as worrying about their weight or maintaining muscle and bone health as they get older,” says Isabelle Neiderer, DFC’s Director of Nutrition and Research. “These issues are often under-addressed. It is important that dietitians and other health professionals are informed about these issues and how to help their clients achieve their health goals—that is why we chose this theme this year.”

Dr. Angela Alberga of Concordia University spoke about the effects of the messages promoted by the media and society about how women should look on the internalization of weight bias. More than 72% of images and 77% of videos in the media stigmatize obese individuals. And yet internalized weight bias is associated with higher levels of overeating and avoidance of exercise, further contributing to weight gain.

Dr. Stéphanie Chevalier of McGill University presented her research on metabolic alterations that occur with age, leading to muscle and function losses, as well as nutritional strategies to counteract them, and Dr. Kelsey Mangano of the University of Massachusetts discussed the nutritional factors that affect bone health across the lifespan.

Lastly, Dr. Elizabeth Mansfield, a Sport Nutrition Specialist with Peak Performance, spoke about specific nutritional needs of physically active women and nutritional strategies to adopt to improve energy supply. These strategies will help improve women’s overall health and sports performance.

This symposium is one of several initiatives led by DFC to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle based on the latest information and best available scientific evidence on the role of milk products in a healthy diet. To learn more about the event, please visit dairynutrition.ca/symposium.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, 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.

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For more information:

Ashlee Smith
Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

613-240-3881

Canadian Dairy Farmers Celebrate World School Milk Day

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:48

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to join over 40 countries across the globe to celebrate World School Milk Day, and highlight the positive contributions the program has made to the health and well-being of children across Canada, so they can play, learn, and grow.

“Dairy farmers truly believe in the power of Canadian milk as part of a wholesome and nutritious diet,” said Pierre Lampron, DFC President. “We are very proud to be integral to a program that helps the children in our communities grow and thrive, and I want to thank the school volunteers who take the time to facilitate this vitally important initiative.

Since its inception in 1974, the program has grown and is available right across the country, to provide the 16 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, found in cow’s milk, to kids. One cup of milk contains 8 grams of protein, which is central to health at every age and provides energy that all Canadians can benefit from.

Millions of children have benefited from this program with the help of thousands of volunteers in schools and in the dairy industry. Learning about healthy diet choices at a young age can have positive impacts for a lifetime and by providing a nutritious beverage throughout the school year, school milk programs are getting Canadians off to a great start.

For more information about Elementary School Milk Programs in your area, please visit:

http://www.dairygoodness.ca/milk-in-school/

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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.

Contact:

Ashlee Smith

Assistant Director, Internal Communications and Corporate Sponsorships

(613) 240-3881

ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

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.