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Federal government under pressure on supply management compensation

Plan should be in place before USMCA receives final approval, say opposition senators and MPs

The federal government is still facing political pressure to deliver on compensation plans for dairy and poultry producers. And those calling for action say it needs to happen in advance of signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Before starting Parliament’s week-long Thanksgiving break, MPs from all parties backed a motion calling for a financial compensation […] Read more


Manitoba dairy producers reeling from USMCA trade deal

Trade deals are starting to add up when it comes to the impact on dairy farms

Manitoba dairy farmers attending annual meetings this month are trying to understand the coming changes as a result of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). There are some serious questions being asked about what the new deal means for the family farm and their future, said David Wiens, a Manitoba dairy farmer and vice-president of […] Read more



Public support largely behind dairy farmers

Canadians are clearly signalling they value dairy farms

Dairy farmers reeling from the uncertainty descending on their farms in light of the new trade deal can take heart in one thing, says Manitoba dairy farmer and Dairy Farmers of Canada vice-president David Wiens. “There’s one thing the government can’t take away from us with this trade deal, and it is the relationship we […] Read more


Dairy and poultry farm groups discuss USMCA compensation

It could take more than money to settle the ruffled feathers of supply management groups, who say they were pawns in the negotiations

Within hours of announcing a new free trade deal with the United States and Mexico, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland were promising compensation for dairy and poultry farmers. While Trudeau and Freeland talked as if the compensation discussions had already started, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has just begun to arrange […] Read more



Dairy downer

On Canadian dairy farms, fear and frustration as U.S. demands trade concessions

Reuters – Marie-Pier Vincent, a fourth-generation Quebec dairy farmer, worries it will be even harder to make ends meet as Canada allows more tariff-free imports of milk products from the United States under a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement. Vincent, 28, is already looking for a second job to pay back the money she […] Read more


Dairy producers ‘deeply disappointed’

Canadian dairy farmers say Canada’s trade deals are progressively placing more pressures on their industry

Canadian dairy producers say they’ve been thrown under the bus in order for Canada to be part of the new United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade. Piere Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, says it’s an especially bitter pill to swallow considering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had repeatedly assured the […] Read more



Vets call for better management of dairy culls

The sector agrees better guidelines and improved transport conditions are worthy goals

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to see a better way of handling compromised cull dairy cows. It’s calling for greater co-operation amongst producers, their vets, as well as transporters, processors and cattle marketers. In a resolution adopted at its annual summer meeting, the CVMA says cull dairy cows “have an increased likelihood of […] Read more


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Comment: Authors of their own misfortune

Canada’s dairy industry is about to lay in a bed of its own making

Remember the early days of the NAFTA renegotiations, when all Donald Trump wanted to do was “tweak” the agreement as far as Canada was concerned? That seems like a century ago now. A lot has happened to poison the well between then and now, including the U.S. president’s over-the-top reaction to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […] Read more



Opinion: Counting cows

Comparing the shelf price of milk in other countries is far too simplified a way of trying to compare complex differences between complete systems of producing and marketing milk. The CFFO prides itself on considering agricultural issues not only from an economic perspective. Last week’s commentary considered the social impacts of Canada’s supply management system, […] Read more


U.S. agriculture chief calls for end of Class 7 milk

Trump is talking tough, saying Canada has been ‘ripping us off’ for a long time

Canada must end its low-price milk proteins policy to reach a U.S.-Canadian deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Sept. 9. Canada has encouraged overproduction and flooded export markets for milk proteins used in cheese and yogurt, hurting U.S. dairy farmers, Perdue said in an interview aired […] Read more