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As domestic demand for milk and some other dairy products drops, so will the number of farms and processing plants.

Comment: Dairy sector faces uncertain future

The dairy industry is slowly being trampled by a wave of consumers who see it as only one of many options

There’s been a lot of talk recently about meat alternatives but dairy alternatives are also becoming more popular. And when it comes to dairy in Canada, given our quotas and high tariffs, the stakes are significantly higher. Dairy alternatives can be seen everywhere from grocery stores to coffee shops. These products are no longer confined

Supply-managed producers fare better than many during pandemic

There have been COVID ups and downs, but these farmers say the system worked

Not all costs are counted yet, but Manitoba’s supply-managed producers appear to be emerging from the pandemic in better shape than their beef and hog farming counterparts thanks, in part, to their ability to co-ordinate supply collectively. “(Supply-managed producers are) facing similar issues — they’ve dumped milk and eggs in a similar way to hog


Waste on the farm is a recurring issue and not just this year. What is different this year is the unprecedented volume.

Opinion: Canada has the food industry it deserves

Don’t blame farmers for euthanizing animals and dumping milk

Millions of litres of milk are being thrown away, more than two million eggs are eliminated from the food chain, and pigs and chickens are being euthanized. There is horror in the countryside. Throwing away good food when more than four million Canadians have lost their jobs is morally reprehensible, and farmers would be the

An employee takes inventory at a grocery store amid coronavirus fears spreading, in Toronto March 13, 2020.

Is Canada food secure?

One farm group says without government support for farmers, domestic food supplies aren’t guaranteed

COVID-weary Canadians have something else to keep them up at night — the spectre of a domestic food shortage. “(W)ithout immediate assistance from the federal government, the Canadian agriculture sector cannot ensure our domestic food supply will remain secure for the immediate and long-term benefit of all Canadians (because of COVID-19),” the Canadian Federation of

Canada has yet to sign the new three-way trade agreement between itself, United States and Mexico.

Lawmakers urged to pass CUSMA quickly

The bulk of concerns were raised by the dairy sector which is losing market share

An overwhelming majority of witnesses testifying to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee in Ottawa are supporting the quick ratification of the “new NAFTA” trade deal, but the dairy industry continues to voice its opposition. Parliamentarians in Ottawa represent the last of the three countries involved in the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) to ratify the deal, with the law


Carol Boonstoppel says she’s already seen European cheese displacing Canadian products as loss leaders at supermarkets.

Canadians want their own dairy farmers

Shoppers are seeking out the Blue Cow logo in a show of support

Manitoba’s dairy farmers are beginning to find their footing in a new world that, for the first time in decades, includes significant dairy product imports. That was the message a three-producer panel shared with the Manitoba Co-operator, at the recent Dairy Farmers of Manitoba (DFM) annual convention. A year ago those same producers spoke to


Editor’s Take: Picking food fights

Milk, in particular Canada’s supply management system, has always been a preoccupation of our southern neighbours. If you want to make someone in the U.S. agriculture sector go apoplectic in short order, just bring up the subject. To quote the current occupant of the White House in a tweet launched in the midst of USMCA


In recent years, the number of Manitoba egg farmers has grown with the demand for eggs.

Manitoba egg farms run by ‘real’ farmers, says MEF

Out-of-province non-farm corporations, are not buying Manitoba egg farms, says Rory Rybuck, general manager of Manitoba Egg Farmers. “You have to have land, equipment of course, and be an actual farmer,” he said in an interview Sept. 25. During the national agriculture debate organized by the Canadian Federation of agriculture broadcast online Sept. 24, Kate

Food, farming not expected to be big election issues

Canadians don’t think that food and agriculture will be a significant issue in the current federal election. A survey conducted Sept. 9 and released Tuesday by Angus Reid Global with the support of Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab shows 31 per cent of Canadians believe food and agriculture will be a prime electoral issue during