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Supply management protects few, could harm more

Why are broad trade agreements that benefit almost all Canadians being jeopardized to protect a small subset of farmers, estimated at just 13,500 across Canada? The United States has repeatedly indicated that a key tension in North American Free Trade (NAFTA) renegotiations is Canada’s protection of dairy, poultry and egg producers. These protectionist policies were […] Read more

TAKEN BY SURPRISE: TPP II hits supply management with no warning

When combined with earlier trade deals, 10 per cent of the dairy and poultry will potentially be in foreign hands

The supply-managed sector learned the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), as the updated TPP trade deal is now known, would be proceeding at the same time the rest of the country did. That’s despite regular meetings with cabinet members and government officials to express concerns about provisions in it. The sector is now awaiting […] Read more

U.S. faces oversupply of antibiotic-free chicken

One of the top U.S. chicken producers says there’s more than eight times as much 
supply as demand

Supplies of chicken raised without antibiotics are outstripping demand, a major U.S. poultry producer said Jan. 16, a sign of overproduction that could eat into processors’ profits. Large chicken and restaurant companies, including Tyson Foods and McDonald’s, have raced to cut antibiotics from poultry supplies as public health experts have warned about the link between […] Read more

Can cranberry in feed help limit chick mortality?

Research suggests the bright berries could help offset push to remove antibiotics from chicken feed

Cranberry has long been touted as a booster of the human immune system — and it turns out that benefit may also apply to chickens. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist Moussa Diarra has been exploring cranberry as an alternative to antibiotics during the critical first weeks after hatching. “In conventional poultry production, we use […] Read more

Manitoba Egg Farmers scoop inaugural safety award

Manitoba’s new provincial safe work awards noted egg producers have developed an industry-wide plan

Manitoba’s egg producers have been honoured for their industry-wide effort to develop an on-farm safety program. At a Sept. 27 event in Winnipeg, the inaugural agriculture “SAFEty” award was bestowed at a gala event that could be considered an Oscar night for work safety efforts in the province. The program is a cross-sectoral effort that […] Read more

Protect supply management

Dairy and poultry products are subsidized in some way or another the world over

With negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) presently underway, it is appropriate for Canadians to ask: Whither supply management? Supply management ensures that producers receive a reasonable return on their investment, and that consumers have access to a steady supply of safe and healthy dairy, chicken, turkey and egg products, at […] Read more

Poultry boards not letting their guard down as NAFTA preparations begin

The U.S. has a healthy trade surplus with Canada for eggs and poultry

Dairy may be getting all the attention in the upcoming NAFTA negotiations, but the chicken, egg and turkey boards aren’t letting their guard down as talks begin in mid-August. “The government has been clear in its support for supply management and we are confident it will continue to support and protect supply management during the negotiations […] Read more


Chicken producers pleased with specialty quota ruling

Both sides of the issue say they feel fairly treated

The controversy over Manitoba Chicken Producers’ (MCP) new annual specialty quota program has been resolved with both sides satisfied they were treated fairly by a ruling from the Manitoba Farm Producers Marketing Council (MFPMC). In a ruling in early July the council told MPC to postpone charging administrative fees for 10 years among those participating […] Read more

Direct Farm Manitoba wins specialty chicken appeal

Direct Farm Manitoba is pleased with a ruling by the Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council (MFPMC) earlier this month that orders Manitoba Chicken Producers (MCP) to not charge extra administrative fees for a decade among those participating in its new specialty chicken quota system. DFM co-ordinated an appeal on behalf of three specialty chicken producers […] Read more

Mr. President, you’re right: Supply management is unfair

The real victims of this unfairness are Canadian consumers however

Dear Mr. President, You may have heard about me during one of your State Department briefings. I am running to lead my party and replace Justin Trudeau as Canada’s prime minister after the next election. My whole platform is based on four principles: freedom, fairness, responsibility and respect. So I was very pleased when I […] Read more