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Pierre Lampron Statement

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:06

Canada’s dairy farmers stand with our fellow Canadians in rejecting the US administration’s personal attacks on our Prime Minister.

These attacks, whether on Prime Minister Trudeau, or dairy farmers in Canada, are founded more on rhetoric than fact.

Canada has a trade deficit of 5:1 with the US on dairy alone; furthermore, 10% of the Canadian dairy market is already open to tariff free imports – compared to only 3% in the US.

US food companies, who have, and continue to, invest in Canada, recognize the value of the dairy system in Canada. The stability of our system, our sustainable production, and the quality of our milk are among the reasons making Canada such an attractive place to invest.

The root of the US’ problem is that they are producing too much milk in an oversaturated world market. Canada already produces enough milk to fill Canadian demand. As Canada has less population than the state of California, and that Wisconsin alone produces more milk than all Canadian farms combined, clearly, the Canadian market is too small to make a dent in US overproduction.

Canadian dairy farmers and their families are concerned by the sustained attacks by President Trump with an aim to wiping out dairy farmers here at home.

DFC statement on fairlife announcement

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 07:28

Today, following the announcement regarding Coca-Cola’s project to bring fairlife’s high protein milk to Canada, DFC President Pierre Lampron gave the following statement:

Dairy farmers are true believers in innovation, which is why we are pleased to hear that a new product will be offered to Canadian consumers soon. In addition to bringing a new and exciting product to the Canadian marketplace, the building of a processing plant to produce this high protein milk will create jobs for Canadians, adding to the 250,000 jobs supported by the dairy sector.

Dairy farmers in Canada will also benefit from this announcement, as Canadian milk will be used to make this product in the future. We are pleased to hear the recognition of these companies to the Canadian model of high standards for quality and animal care as reasons that support their choice to use milk produced on Canadian farms to expand their product offering to Canada.

Our Canadian dairy sector continues to contribute to the Canadian economy and to attract investments, which continues to build on stable growth in our marketplace, for the benefit of Canadians.

An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on NAFTA comments

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:28

Re: Prime Minister’s remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of Canadian dairy farmers, I want to express our concern with the comments you made on Sunday, June 3rd, on NBC’s Meet the Press, where you specifically referenced access to our domestic dairy market as a possible concession that you would make to conclude the NAFTA re-negotiations.

These comments are deeply troubling for our dairy farmers, as you and your government’s representatives have repeatedly stated that you support the supply management system and our sector. The Government cannot say that they support our system and in the same breath, conclude agreements that would negatively impact the dairy farming community and the 250,000 Canadians that depend on the sector for their livelihood. The additional impact of the access granted under trade agreements has undoubtedly weakened our dairy system in Canada.

Your comments, in addition to political meetings between your staff and President Trump’s advisors, for which there has been little information provided to us, is quite worrisome.

In closing, we appreciate your government’s willingness to state your support for supply management; but, do you support the dairy sector?

I renew my request to have a meeting with you to address our concerns at your earliest convenience.

Regards,

Pierre Lampron

President

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Canadian Dairy Farmers and Processors Team Up in Support of the Ottawa Mission on World Milk Day

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:23

In honour of World Milk Day, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), in partnership with the Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC), were pleased to help those in need by donating healthy and nutritious dairy products to the Ottawa Mission.

For this special occasion, local dairy farmers, along with DFC and DPAC representatives, were joined by Jean-Claude Poissant, Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture.

“Dairy farmers are always looking for ways to give back to their communities, and we wanted to take the opportunity on World Milk Day to provide those in need with nutritious dairy products,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Canadian dairy products contain up to 16 essential nutrients and are widely recognized as a part of a healthy, balanced diet. We are proud to be able to make today’s donation in support of the Ottawa Mission, and help some of the vulnerable members of our society.”

World Milk Day was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. Every year on June 1st, events take place around the globe to highlight the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition. The dairy sector supports the livelihoods of up to one billion people worldwide.

“We are pleased to join the international dairy community in celebrating World Milk Day,” said Mathieu Frigon, Interim President & CEO of the Dairy Processors Association of Canada. “It’s a great opportunity to share the delicious dairy products we know, love and that fuel us with nutrients and energy every day.”

Today’s donation provided approximately 400 people with cheese, yogurt, and milk generously provided by DPAC members General Mills Canada and Saputo Dairy Products Canada GP. DFC and DPAC representatives handed out the products to those who were visiting the Mission for a community lunch. They also took the opportunity to tour the facility to learn more about how their donation would help those in need and the importance of nutrition for those who utilize the Mission’s services.

“As the Ottawa Mission serves an average of 1,308 meals a day, we greatly appreciate the generosity of DFC and DPAC in their donation today,” said Peter Tilley, Executive Director at the Ottawa Mission. “Donations such as these are vitally important to the sustainability of the Mission, and to the health and wellbeing of those who need our services. On behalf of the Ottawa Mission, I want to thank dairy farmers, and dairy processors, for this contribution.”

In addition to today’s donation, DFC and DPAC are also celebrating World Milk Day online through Twitter and Facebook. Follow along with #WorldMilkDay and join the celebration!

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

About Dairy Processors of Canada

The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) is Canada’s national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interests of the Canadian dairy processing industry. DPAC’s members represent some of the most recognized brands in Canada, providing work to over 23,000 Canadians and contributing $17.3 billion to the national economy.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.smith@dfc-plc.ca

Ciana Van Dusen

Dairy Processors Association of Canada

613-232-7242

cvandusen@dpac-atlc.ca

Canadians continue to strongly support the Canadian dairy sector

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:15

A new study by Ipsos shows that Canadians stand firmly behind the Canadian dairy sector, and want the federal government to do even more to defend them during the NAFTA re-negotiations. Canadians continue to strongly support their dairy farmers. Results from the poll can be found here.

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A strong majority of Canadians agree that the federal government should defend Canada’s dairy farmers in the NAFTA renegotiation 75% of Canadians believe that the federal government should make more efforts to defend the Canadian dairy sector in the context of the NAFTA renegotiation

The number of Canadians who want to see more done by the federal government to defend the Canadian dairy sector during NAFTA negotiations is very high.

The large majority of Canadians (75%) believe the Canadian dairy sector should be defended and that the federal government should make more effort to do so at the NAFTA negotiating table, according to an Ipsos poll conducted between April 26 and 27, 2018. Three Canadians out of 4 agree that the Canadian dairy sector should be defended in the context of the NAFTA renegotiation, with almost half of all Canadians (46%) in total agreement with this statement, and this sentiment is stronger in Quebec and Ontario. Additionally, 8 Canadians out of 10 share Canadian dairy farmers’ concerns with regard to the NAFTA renegotiation and the potential concessions that could result from this renegotiation.

Interestingly, the ability of the government to protect the Canadian dairy industry is likely to impact Canadians’ votes in the upcoming election: 6 Canadians out of 10 declare that the extent to which the federal government will protect the interests of Canada’s dairy industry will have an impact on their vote in the upcoming election. A quarter of respondents state that it will affect their vote a lot.

Further to this, 9 Canadians out of 10 believe U.S dairy products should be subject to the same standards as Canadian products and that this should be part of the terms of the new NAFTA agreement. Seven Canadians out of 10 totally agree with this opinion.

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between April 26 and 27, 2018, on behalf of Dairy Farmers of Canada. For this survey, a sample of 1,000 Canadians aged 18+ was interviewed online via the Ipsos I-Say panel and non-panel sources. Quota sampling and weighting were employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Sébastien Dallaire
Vice President, Ipsos Public Affairs
+1 514 904 4324
Sebastien.Dallaire@ipsos.com

Supply managed farm groups react to the Supreme Court Decision

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:17

We want to clearly state that milk, dairy products, eggs and poultry can, and are traded between provinces to respond to market demand.

We are pleased that the Supreme Court has restored some certainty about various regulations of trade in place in Canada, including the validity of supply management.

This case validates the findings of previous court cases on interprovincial trade regulation of various agricultural and food products. Federal and provincial governments will continue to have the ability to cooperate on the regulation of interprovincial trade. We are pleased with the outcome.

With supply management, production responds to demand and farmers receive a predictable income, without relying on government subsidies for income. Moreover, all dairy, egg and poultry farms follow strict on-farm food safety, animal care and sustainability practices. Canadians can be assured that their dairy, poultry and egg products are produced with the same high standards from coast to coast.

About the dairy poultry and egg farmer groups

Dairy Farmers of Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada, and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers are the voice of farmers in Canadian supply-managed dairy and poultry sectors.

Dairy Farmers of Canada Annual General Meeting

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:41

The Annual Meeting will deal with the following:

  • Annual Report
  • Report of the Board
  • Q&A with DFC Senior Management Team
  • Report on DFC Mandate Consultation
  • ProAction® and Nutrition Discussions
  • Young Farmers Roundtable

Conference brochure and registration details, including hotel accommodations, are available here. Early bird registration deadline is April 30, 2018.

DFC AGM 2018

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:41

The Annual Meeting will deal with the following:

  • Annual Report
  • Report of the Board
  • Q&A with DFC Senior Management Team
  • Report on DFC Mandate Consultation
  • ProAction® and Nutrition Discussions
  • Young Farmers Roundtable

Conference brochure and registration details, including hotel accommodations, are available here. Early bird registration deadline is April 30, 2018.

Moving Toward a National Solution for Dairy Cattle Traceability: DairyTrace

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:05

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) are very pleased with the significant progress made towards achieving the dairy cattle industry goal of a national traceability system, called DairyTrace.

Dairy farmers want to provide consumers with the knowledge that we have very high standards in Canada for dairy cattle traceability, so they can better understand where their food comes from. DairyTrace will deliver on this as it will track movement of animals and speed up reactions if an animal health emergency occurs. Originally initiated by the DFC Board of Directors in 2016, DairyTrace is supported today by various dairy groups and builds on the expertise of CDN, which already provides several data management and information services for Canadian dairy cattle of all breeds. In September 2017, CFIA confirmed that CDN meets the qualification criteria required to become a Responsible Administrator, as defined under federal regulations. Today, funding was announced that has been approved through the Assurance Systems stream of the Agri-Marketing Program under Growing Forward 2, to bring DairyTrace one step closer to reality.

”We would like to thank Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for the funding that helped initiate the development of the DairyTrace solution”, said Pierre Lampron, DFC president. “We look forward to being able to tell dairy farmers that DairyTrace is open for business within the year, and in maintaining this important working relationship with the federal government in years to come.”

“We also want to draw attention to the recent agreement between CDN and Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ) as the contracted data management service provider", said Norm McNaughton, CDN Board Chairman. “The AGTWeb platform is well recognized for its outstanding functions related to the three pillars of traceability, namely animal identification, premise identification and tracking of animal movement, as well as disease surveillance traceback. All these functions are important to achieving our high expectations for the useful and critical role that traceability performs in DFC's customer assurance initiative, proAction.”

About Canadian Dairy Network

CDN is the national genetic evaluation centre for dairy cattle and provides data management and information services to Canadian dairy producers and member organizations including breed associations, dairy herd improvement agencies, A.I. organizations and Dairy Farmers of Canada.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact: Ashlee Smith (613-240-3881)

Expert contacts:

Yves Leduc, Director, Policy and International Trade

Dairy Farmers of Canada

T: 613-236-9997 Ext. 2750

Yves.Leduc@dfc-plc.ca

Brian Van Doormaal, General Manager

Canadian Dairy Network

T: 519-831-0028

Brian@cdn.ca