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Policy analysts say that in terms of protections, the Canadian and U.S. dairy systems may not be all that different.

Opinion: The whole dairy picture

The current press frenzy around Canada’s supply-managed dairy system is mostly thanks to the rhetoric of politicians south of the border. However, debate about the system has gone on within our own Canadian media for a long time too. Media debate around supply management often focuses on the issue of price for product on the

Dutch dairy farmer Bas Hofman cares for his dairy cattle at Golden Raand, his ‘care farm’ near Noordwolde, Netherlands.

‘Care farm’ model allows Dutch dairy farm to expand

Couple combines their professions to create a farm that provides care for those with intellectual challenges

It was long lonely days for Bas Hofman. He would milk his 70 cows every morning and night, while his wife, Greet Cazemier, worked as a psychiatric nurse at a large care institution. Hofman knew if he wanted to continue as a farmer he would have to expand his farm. Cazemier, on the other hand,


An upcoming increase in the butter support price will lift the milk price paid to dairy producers.

Rising consumer demand benefits dairy farmers

The growing market pull comes in the wake of lower prices and the face of trade uncertainty

The first half of 2018 has brought positive signs for dairy farmers but it’s hard to predict what the rest of the year will bring, says Farm Credit Canada. Butterfat production increased six per cent year over year to the end of April, bringing higher total revenues to producers even with a lower milk price,

Dutch dairy farmer, Cees Beekmans stands with his cows in his milking barn on his farm near Dongen, Netherlands. Beeksman had to cull 20 cows from his herd when the phosphate rights program came into effect.

Losing one quota means gaining another

Dutch dairy farmers are now free to produce all the milk they want — if they buy quota to produce more phosphate

CNS Canada/Dongen and Oirschot, Netherlands – Dutch dairy farmers were excited when the European Union removed milk quotas in 2015. For years the Netherlands had been hitting its quota, so dairy farms could finally grow. But when that growth happened too fast, there were new problems. Dutch dairy farmer Cees Beekmans says government officials claimed

Donald Trump has it wrong on the Canadian dairy system

The president is in reality championing a globalized system that will disadvantage U.S. dairy farmers

Anthony Pahnke is vice-president of the Family Farm Defenders and an assistant professor of international relations at San Francisco State University. This piece appeared in a recent issue of Wisconsin State Farmer.  President Donald Trump is wrong on dairy because he supports free trade. At first, this may appear incorrect, especially with the trade disputes


Manitoba’s percentage increase on farmland values was the second smallest of nine provinces.

Manitoba, Canadian farmland values still increasing

The rate of increase in Manitoba farmland values has slowed, but it’s expected to keep appreciating this year

Manitoba farmland values, up 25 years in a row, increased an average of five per cent in 2017 Farm Credit Canada (FCC) says in its 2017 Farmland Values Report released April 23. “In general, Manitoba saw higher-priced land values remaining relatively stable, while low- to mid-priced land values recorded increases,” the report says. Manitoba’s percentage

Canadian farmers deny U.S. dumping allegations on dairy

Low milk prices in the United States are due to overproduction, not a lack of access to Canada’s dairy market, says Dairy Farmers of Canada

Canada exports some skim milk powder, but it’s not dumping, says Thérèse Beaulieu, the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s assistant director for policy communications. “We can export as long as it is the same price as the domestic market,” Beaulieu said in an interview April 13 in response to American allegations that Canada dumps surplus skim

Editorial: Why all the fuss?

Canada’s dairy system has figured prominently in the rhetorical storm surrounding NAFTA renegotiations. The Canadian government has so far remained steadfastly opposed to any significant change. Two documents that surfaced recently help explain why. The first, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Regulatory Economic Impact Analysis of the Final Decision to Establish a California Federal Milk


Export-oriented farmers need to boost lobby effort

Dairy farmers have done a great job influencing politicians, says a former Canadian ag trade negotiator

Export-oriented farmers should emulate dairy farmers if they want to get their policies implemented, says Mike Gifford, Canada’s former chief agricultural trade negotiator. “If you want to influence politicians you basically have to spend money to lobby,” Gifford said during the Fields on Wheels conference Dec. 15 in Winnipeg. “That’s where the supply management sector,

Dairy services organizations create partnership

Three major service providers in Canadian dairy farming have formed a partnership that will result in one company supplying herd management and genetic services to Canadian dairy farmers. The partnership, including CanWest DHI, Valacta and the Canadian Dairy Network (CDN), still has to be approved by farmer-members of the organizations. CanWest DHI provides on-farm testing