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Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens says the silver lining in the recent USMCA is the upswell of public support for Canadian dairy farmers.

USMCA discussions dominate at Dairy Farmers’ AGM

Supply management is the hill we must die on – Alistair Johnston Canadian Dairy Commission

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens minced no words in his address to the organization’s annual general meeting earlier this month. “This has been one of the most dramatic years,” he told the assembled delegates. He was of course mainly referencing the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and how it has affected the

Health Canada said its proposed front-of-pack symbols aren’t yet in the proposed regulations as published, but will be included in the final regulation. (Dave Bedard photo)

Federal food labelling proposal has dairy farmers concerned

CNS Canada — While trade deals have had Canadian dairy farmers concerned about losing market share domestically, a recent proposal to change food package labeling could potentially be more damaging to the industry. Health Canada launched consultations in February for its proposed new front-of-packaging labeling. The proposal, part of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, would


Stick of butter, cut, isolated on white.

New dairy plant will churn out butter, other products

As demand for butter fat continues to grow, Western Milk Pool to eliminate SNF/BF ratio

Manitoba dairy producers will no longer have to ship milk across provincial borders, thanks to an increased processing capacity at home. The $100-million MDI dairy-processing plant is up and running in Winnipeg’s South End, increasing Manitoba’s dairy-processing capacity by about 40 per cent. The 80,000-square-foot retrofitted egg-processing facility will now process 180 million litres of

Dairy farmers say the federal government has kept them abreast of NAFTA renegotiations at every step of the process.

Dairy farmers watch NAFTA closely

Negotiations have featured ‘exotic demands’ from the U.S. and dairy doesn’t feel singled out

Canadian dairy producers are watching NAFTA renegotiations like a hawk, but predicting what demands U.S. negotiators will make of Canada and Mexico remains somewhere between ‘difficult’ and ‘impossible.’ “Through Dairy Farmers of Canada, we follow those trade talks very closely and we are on the ground at every round,” David Wiens, chair of Dairy Farmers

Manitoba dairy farmers gather for a district meeting in Headingley on April 11, 2017.

Milk production being ramped up

New dairy-processing plants will allow Manitoba milk producers to have quota fully issued

Manitoba’s dairy farmers are preparing for what may be the largest increase of processing capacity ever seen as a result of one project. “I don’t know if there has ever been a situation elsewhere in Canada where there has been a 40 per cent increase in processing capacity in a province from just one project,


“... clearly they’re experiencing some difficulties in their own markets and those
are issues that they have to resolve for themselves in a constructive way domestically rather than trying to blame other countries for their problems.” – David Wiens, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair

Manitoba dairy: Trump comments ‘not based on fact’

The Dairy Farmers of Manitoba is defending its industry’s supply management and pricing strategies

As the U.S. and Canada trade verbal shots over supply management and protectionism while dairy groups in New Zealand and Australia say they’ll support any U.S. WTO actions, Manitoba dairy producers are standing pat. The Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM) says it is still confidant that the federal government is behind it despite the fierce

Blaine McLeod speaks to producers in Winnipeg during the annual Manitoba Dairy Conference.

New quality milk logo given prominence

Dairy Farmers of Canada have simplified their marketing to 
generate a greater impact on consumers

What’s blue and white, but will soon be read all over? The new Dairy Farmers of Canada logo. First revealed in Ottawa last month, Manitoba milk producers got an in-depth look at what’s behind the updated logo — and streamlined marketing program it ushers in — at the annual Manitoba Dairy Conference in Winnipeg earlier

DFM chairman David Wiens in a file photo.

Dairy producers OK closed-door sessions

Producers seek more one-on-one time with DFM board to talk about sensitive issues

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba will add producer-only sessions to its spring and fall district meetings. The decision was made at the organization’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg last week, following a resolution put forward by Brent Oswald and Thomas Reutter. “We have a multimillion dollar industry where we are relying on nine people to run


Portion of Cheddar (detailed close-up shot) on vintage wooden background

Cheese maker chases non-GMO specialty market

It’s a case of giving consumers what they want, rather than creating 
a differentiation as a marketing ploy, says Bothwell

A Manitoba cheese maker will become the first in Canada to produce a verified non-GMO product. Bothwell Cheese has been awarded the voluntary label by the Non-GMO Project, a U.S.-based non-profit, for a new cheddar product line due out in 2017. Mike Raftis, Bothwell’s vice-president of marketing, sales and communications, says the move comes in