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Statement by Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada in the context of the Premiers meeting

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:53

“The work to which we dedicate our life with pride and resilience has been reduced to a bargaining chip in recent trade deals. We call upon Canada’s Premiers to take concrete action to secure the federal government's commitment to stop shopping around Canadian dairy in trade deals and to stop making concessions on our dairy industry. Mr. Trudeau: no more concessions at our expense. No more broken promises. Respect your commitments like we respect ours.”

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dark Day in the history of dairy farming in Canada

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:26

With today’s signature of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, Prime Minister Trudeau failed the Canadian dairy sector again.

With today’s signature of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, Prime Minister Trudeau failed the Canadian dairy sector again. In the space of a few weeks, the federal government has gone beyond the original concessions made when the USMCA was announced, and signed a deal today granting the US oversight in the administration of our dairy system. This equates to no less than a loss of sovereignty for Canada.

Despite commitments from the Canadian government that these oversight measures would not be in the agreement, the signed trade deal includes such provisions. “The oversight clause undermines Canadian sovereignty and its ability to develop and manage Canadian policies without US intervention. This should not be understated, and will have a lasting effect on our domestic dairy sector,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Granting additional market access of 3.9% to our domestic dairy market, eliminating competitive dairy classes, and extraordinary measures to limit our ability to export dairy products to any country in the world will have a dramatic impact on investments by the whole sector. “We fail to see how this deal can be good for dairy farmers, their families, and the 221,000 people employed in the dairy industry,” added Lampron. “Our government is not only contributing to the dismantling of our dairy model in Canada, it is giving up our sovereign right to make our own policies and that should be of concern to all Canadians.”

Once recent trade deals – including CETA, CPTPP and USMCA - come into effect, total dairy imports will make up close to 20% of the Canadian dairy market. In other words, the thousand cuts from cumulative concessions granted in trade deals over the past decades will have displaced 1 out of 5 of our homegrown high quality dairy products. At the farm gate alone, this represents an annual loss of $1.3 billion for farmers. The agreement also means that locally produced milk from Canadian dairy farms is being pushed off the shelves to make way for imported products from the US.

The Government has said repeatedly that it values a strong and vibrant dairy sector – they have once again put that in jeopardy by giving away more access and letting the Americans dictate our dairy policies. “This is truly a dark day in the history of dairy farming in Canada,” declared Pierre Lampron in a statement released today.

A video reaction to the signature of USMCA from Pierre Lampron (in French) and David Weins, Vice-President of DFC (in English) are available here (for high resolution format, contact Rebecca.ritchie@dfc-plc.ca).

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dark Day in the history of dairy farming in Canada: thank you Prime Minister!

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:22

Another day, another broken promise made by the Trudeau government to Canadian dairy farmers.

In the latest iteration of the USMCA, Justin Trudeau failed the Canadian dairy sector again by giving up oversight to the US in the administration of our dairy system, and thus our sovereignty as a nation to develop and roll out our own domestic policies.

In spite of assurances by the federal government to the dairy sector that US oversight had not been negotiated and would not be in the final agreement, they gave it up nonetheless. It is truly disingenuous on the part of our federal government to now suggest that it has made gains in the way the oversight is captured in the agreement, when they had committed to us that this would not be a part of the agreement, period.

After CETA, the Transpacific (CPTPP) and USMCA trade deals, the combined concessions to other countries to our domestic dairy market is close to 20%.

The impact of this decision cannot be understated, and will have a lasting effect on our domestic dairy sector. This is nothing less than handing Canada’s sovereignty to the US. It is truly a dark day in the history of dairy farming in Canada.”

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A video reaction to the signature of USMCA from Pierre Lampron, DFC President (in French) and David Weins, Vice-President (in English) are available here (for high resolution format, contact Rebecca.ritchie@dfc-plc.ca).

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

New Video from DFC

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 09:24

New video message from David Wiens.

Watch the full video on text in the USMCA granting the US oversight of Canada's administration of its dairy system on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe and receive updates when future videos are posted. https://youtu.be/QT7HRIVashY

Dairy farmers across Canada ask the PM not to sign USMCA until US oversight clause has been removed

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 08:03

Canada’s sovereignty is at stake

In an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, dairy farmers warn the PM that the current US text of the United States Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) still contains a provision that would grant the US oversight into the administration of the Canadian dairy system. This, farmers say, will undermine Canada’s sovereignty and the ability to manage the Canadian dairy industry without US intervention.

The open letter, signed by DFC’s president and chairs of all 10 provincial dairy associations, states that government officials had reassured dairy farmers following the signing of the USMCA and release of the US text that the issue of US oversight had not been agreed to by Canada, and would not be part of the final agreement. Farmers remain concerned that they have not yet seen a final text with the oversight clause excluded.

In the letter, farmers ask that the Prime Minister not sign the USMCA until the clause granting US oversight of the Canadian dairy system has been removed from the agreement. “This is a matter of Canadian sovereignty; Canada’s dairy farmers are counting on you to remain steadfast,” the letter concludes.

The open letter can be found here: https://www.dairyfarmers.ca/news-centre/news/policy/open-letter-to-prime-minister-justin-trudeau

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:23

Re: USMCA Agreement

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of dairy farmers across Canada, we are writing at this time due to the concern that the current final text of the USMCA will cause further harm to the Canadian dairy industry. The existing text fundamentally undermines Canadian sovereignty. Simply stated, Appendix 3, Section C10 and 11 grants the US oversight into the administration of our Canadian dairy system which undermines Canadian sovereignty and ability to manage Canadian dairy without US intervention.

At a meeting with your key officials following the announcement of the agreement and publication of the US text, Dairy Farmers of Canada was told that the issue of US oversight had not been agreed to by Canada – and would not be part of the final agreement. We remain concerned that we have not yet seen a final text with this portion excluded.

Prime Minister, we ask that, to prevent further damage to the Canadian dairy sector, you do not sign the USMCA until the US oversight of our dairy system has been removed from the agreement. This is a matter of Canadian sovereignty; Canada’s dairy farmers are counting on you to remain steadfast.

Regards,

Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dave Taylor, Chair, BC Dairy Association

Tom Kootstra, Chair, Alberta Milk

Melvin Foth, Chair, SaskMilk

David Wiens, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Ralph Dietrich, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Bruno Letendre, Chair, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec

Paul Gaunce, Chair, Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick

Les Brophy, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador

Gerrit Damsteegt, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia

Harold MacNevin, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island

New DFC Online Store

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:09

DFC is happy to announce that a new swag store has been opened in light of the USMCA deal and increased consumer interest in promotional items.

We invite you to encourage all Canadians to show their support for Canadian dairy.

As we continue to add new products, please feel free to send us product suggestions you may have.

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Holiday spirit will benefit children’s foundations across the country

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:30

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to partner with Agropur and Tim Horton’s in spreading the Holiday spirit for the benefit of children’s foundations in five major Canadian cities.

DFC will participate in parades organized in Halifax, Winnipeg, Moncton, Edmonton and Vancouver, and distribute Tim Horton’s cookies and milk provided by Agropur to families attending the events.

A DFC tent will be set up at the parades where information on Canadian dairy and its nutritious and quality products will be available. “Milk is part of the longstanding holiday tradition for Canadians, and we are happy to honour this tradition by supporting children’s foundations,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC. “Is there a better way to spread holiday joy than to put a smile on children’s faces and to help make a difference in their lives?” he asked.

DFC and Tim Horton’s struck a special collaboration initiative whereby the proceeds of DFC’s purchase of Tim Horton’s cookies will go to the foundations supported by the company. The total amount of DFC’s contributions to these foundations will be close to $15,000.

Details on the events:

Halifax

  • The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights
  • Saturday, November 17 – from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • DFC will be set-up in the Eastlink Broadcast area
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to IWK Health Centre Foundation and Feed NS.

Winnipeg

  • Manitoba Santa Claus Parade
  • Saturday, November 17
  • DFC will be present during the pre-parade block party from 4 pm to 5 pm
  • DFC will be set-up on the corner of Portage Ave and Garry St.
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation

Moncton

  • Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade
  • Saturday, November 24 – from 5 pm to 7 pm
  • DFC will be set-up at CF Champlain mall main parking lot nearest to Wheeler Blvd and Champlain St.
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the Timbit Minor Sports Coaching Aids & Clinic

Edmonton

  • Santa’s Parade of Lights
  • Saturday, November 24 – from 12 pm to 1:30 pm
  • DFC has sponsored a block of the parade and will be set-up at Jasper Avenue at 107 street, on the north side of Jasper Avenue
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

Vancouver

  • Vancouver Santa Claus Parade
  • Sunday, December 2 – from 12 pm to 1:30 pm
  • DFC will be set-up in the Christmas market prior to the parade from 10am to 12pm
  • Proceeds of the Tim Horton’s cookie purchase will go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

 

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Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Watch a video update from DFC

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 08:46

David Wiens, Vice President of Dairy Farmers of Canada has a message for his fellow dairy producers.

Watch the full update on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe and receive updates when future videos are posted. https://youtu.be/aFkytBPKnvs

Lactantia and Beatrice Milk will proudly display Dairy Farmers of Canada’s blue cow logo

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 09:41

Parmalat Canada has always been proud to offer Canadians high-quality milk sourced entirely from Canadian milk producers and announces today that all of its Lactantia and Beatrice fluid milk products will soon display the Dairy Farmers of Canada blue cow logo.

Canadians can continue to enjoy the skill and expertise of dedicated Canadian dairy farmers and the Parmalat Canada team in every glass of milk.

The blue cow logo will gradually appear on Lactantia’s and Beatrice’s range of milk and cream within the next three to four months, or as soon as the current inventory is depleted.

“All the fluid milk currently available in Canada comes exclusively from Canadian farms: Lactantia and Beatrice are no exception. As a key stakeholder and major employer in the Canadian dairy and agri-food industry, the entire Parmalat Canada team is committed to processing and distributing milk that is 100% Canadian, and is proud of doing so. This high-quality and nutritious milk is produced and processed in Canada by local women and men who are passionate about Canadian dairy. We celebrate this dedication and understand that our consumers also value it. Today, as always, Lactantia and Beatrice milk is 100% Canadian. By adding the blue cow logo to our products, we are sending a clear and powerful message to our consumers,” says Marco De Palma, General Manager, Fluid and Distributors, Parmalat Canada.

Dairy Farmers of Canada is pleased with the announcement from Parmalat Canada. “The blue cow logo is an assurance for Canadian consumers that the dairy products they buy are made from 100% quality Canadian milk. Parmalat Canada’s decision is a commitment to and confidence in Canadian dairy farmers and the high-quality milk they produce daily. It’s a strong message,” says Jacques Lefebvre, CEO of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

About Parmalat Canada

With over 120 years of brand heritage in the Canadian dairy industry, Parmalat Canada markets a variety of high-quality food products that help Canadians keep balance in their lives. Parmalat Canada produces milk and dairy products, yogurt, cheese and table spreads. Our employees continued commitment to quality and innovation has helped Parmalat Canada become one of the largest, most dynamic food group companies in Canada, employing nearly 3,000 people in 16 operating facilities across the country, including 6 milk facilities. Our parent company, Parmalat SpA, is listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in Milan under the ticker symbol PLT. http://www.parmalat.ca/

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For more information:

Aude Simonnot-Lanciaux

TACT Intelligence-conseil

T. 514-667-0196, ext. 427

C. 438-979-1510

asimonnotlanciaux@tactconseil.ca

Lucie Boileau

Director of Communications

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-220-1724

Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca

Statement from Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada on a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:12

“We recognize the symbolism of the gesture of Prime Minister Trudeau, in offering to meet with our industry to hear our concerns firsthand. However, the absence of details on measures to mitigate the impact of the concessions made within the USMCA, as well as the absence of a vision for the future of our industry at this time, cannot appease the concerns of the dairy farmers.”

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications / Directrice des communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

How much of our home grown dairy has Justin Trudeau really given away to President Trump?

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:01

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given away hundreds of millions of dollars to the American administration as part of the recent United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), but the damage inflicted goes beyond concessions made on our dairy market.

Conceding parts of our market to the US does not tell the whole story. Canadian products made with locally produced milk from Canadian dairy farms are being pushed off the shelves to make way to US-imported products. Once the recent trade deals[1] come in effect, the total dairy imports will make up approximately 18% of the Canadian dairy market. In other words, the thousand cuts from cumulative trade deals over the past decades[2] will have displaced 18% of our homegrown high quality milk. At the farm gate alone, this represents an annual loss of 1.3 billion dollars for farmers.

While this is staggering enough, the true damage caused by USMCA is not limited to the access granted to the US. Our government has decided to tie our hands on the other side of the equation; constricting the Canadian dairy sector’s ability to export Canadian high quality dairy products, not only to the US, and Mexico, but also around the world! As part of the USMCA, Canada has agreed to the US demands to cap Canadian exports of skim milk powder, milk protein concentrates, and infant formula. Added together, these measures also limit our ability to grow the Canadian domestic market.

Quote:

“Our government is not only allowing the dismantling of our dairy model in Canada, it is giving up our sovereign right to also benefit from future trade agreements. The total access given up by the federal government in the past decades is bad enough, but now, we (farmers and processors together) are not able to compete in our own market, nor to export high quality dairy. Canada caved in to the US demands to ensure our dairy products would not compete with American made ones on the world markets. So much for Canadian sovereignty.”

Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

[1] This includes trade agreements such as CETA (with Europe), CPTPP (Transpacific countries) and USMCA

[2] This includes the above agreements plus WTO (World Trade Organization) commitments.

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:

Lucie Boileau

Director of Communications

Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca

613-220-1724

USMCA and Dairy: Canadian Government Spin vs Fact

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:16

Dairy farmers across Canada want to make sure Canadians have the facts - not just the government spin - on what the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) means for the Canadian dairy sector.

Dairy farmers across Canada want to make sure Canadians have the facts - not just the government spin - on what the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) means for the Canadian dairy sector.

 

Spin Fact “It’s a good day for Canada.” This is a bad outcome for dairy farmers and the whole dairy sector. The Government has conceded access to our domestic market to the US, affecting our ability to produce Canadian milk. By doing so, it is slowly bleeding Canada’s dairy sector. “We will defend supply management”

For the US, this was never about supply management. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said months ago “It’s not our purpose to try to manage or try to get involved in their internal supply management regarding the dairy industry….I made it very clear that the Class 7 designation we felt was an unfair undercutting of the U.S. industry that grew up south of the U.S.-Canada border.”

The Canadian government concessions equate to death by a thousand cuts.

"We look forward to ultimately signing a deal as long as it's good for Canada and good for middle class Canadians”. The 220,000 Canadian families who depend on dairy for their livelihood (on farms, in processing plants and related jobs) feel they were used as a bargaining chip to conclude this agreement. “No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal.” This deal not only gives more access to the Canadian dairy market, while limiting our ability to produce and export home-grown dairy products; this deal lets the Americans dictate our dairy policies. Fairer trade is about win-win results. If our government fought for a good deal for Canadian industry, it wasn’t dairy.

 

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dairy Farmers’ livelihood sacrificed again

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 06:52

Dairy farmers across Canada are deeply disappointed over the news of the concessions made on the dairy sector to conclude a new USMCA agreement.

Once again, dairy farmers again paid the price to conclude an international trade agreement.

“The announced concessions on dairy in the new USMCA deal demonstrates once again that the Canadian government is willing to sacrifice our domestic dairy production when it comes time to make a deal," said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). “The government has said repeatedly that it values a strong and vibrant dairy sector – they have once again put that in jeopardy by giving away more concessions,” he added.

USMCA follows two previous trade agreements in which access to the Canadian dairy market was granted, CETA and the CPTPP, which sacrificed the equivalent of a quarter of a billion dollars annually in dairy production to industries in other countries. This new agreement once again weakens the dairy sector which, among other things, employs more than 220,000 Canadians and contributes some 20 billion dollars a year to Canada’s gross domestic product. The livelihood of these thousands of Canadians and the future generations of dairy producers is seriously at risk.

“Today, the message sent to our passionate, proud and quality-conscious farmers and all the people who work in the dairy sector is clear: they are nothing more than a bargaining chip to satisfy President Trump,” added Mr. Lampron.

For consumers, each concession replaces Canadian dairy products, products made with great care by Canadians, using extremely high-quality Canadian milk with no artificial growth hormones. The USMCA agreement is opening the gate even further by letting foreign products, made according to standards inferior to our own, onto the shelves of our grocery stores.

The Canadian government has said loud and clear that it wants a prosperous dairy sector. It will be interesting to see how it can reconcile the concessions made in the negotiation of this agreement with its goal of prosperity.

Video (high-resolution) reactions of Pierre Lampron, President of DFC and David Wiens, Vice-president can be downloaded from this link: www.skyflyproductions.com/DFC

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Dairy processors stand with farmers in NAFTA call

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:04

Trade agreements cannot continue to negatively impact the dairy sector

The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) today joins with dairy farmers in calling on the Canadian government to ensure that any final NAFTA deal does not negatively impact the sector and Canadian consumers.

“We remain steadfast in our belief that any outcome of a final NAFTA deal must contribute to the economic growth of both dairy farmers and processors,” said Mathieu Frigon, President and Chief Executive Officer of DPAC. “The dairy sector, the hard-working Canadians it employs, and billions of dollars in investments made by its farmers and processors, are worth fighting for.”

It is estimated that dairy processors have invested over $7.5 billion in capital assets and research and development to strengthen and grow Canada’s domestic dairy market over the last decade. The large majority of those investments have taken place in just the last four years.

However, market access commitments made by the Canadian government via previous free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), will decrease production and greatly affect the dairy processing industry’s ability to see returns on past investments. In fact, trade deals with Europe and the transpacific countries will result in $1.5 billion in lost returns on investments for dairy processors over the course of their implementation.

It is imperative that the Canadian government not allow NAFTA to further contribute to dairy processors and farmers losses.

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About the dairy processing industry

The dairy processing industry is the second-largest food processing industry in Canada, It directly employs 24,500 Canadians with an aggregate payroll with more than $1.2 billion annually. Dairy processing has a material presence in every province in Canada, with 207 federal ridings having at least one dairy processing facility.

About the Dairy Processors Association of Canada

DPAC is Canada’s national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interest of the Canadian dairy processing industry. DPAC’s members represent some of the most recognized food brands in Canada.

For more information:

Ciana Van Dusen
Dairy Processors Association of Canada
cvandusen@dpac-atlc.ca
613-232-7242 x 102

Enough is enough

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:09

Any final NAFTA deal should have no further negative impact for milk producers

Dairy farmers called on the Canadian government to ensure that any final NAFTA deal does not negatively impact the sector and Canadian consumers. Gathered in Ottawa today, dairy producers from communities across Canada stated that the dairy sector has already paid the price in several recent trade deals with Europe and the Transpacific countries, resulting in the equivalent of 250 million dollars annually in lost milk production to dairy farmers from other countries.. “This doesn’t only hurt dairy farmers. From equipment dealers, to feed manufacturers to veterinarians to truck drivers, to processors, all are negatively impacted by these deals which will have long lasting effects across the entire Canadian economy,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Canadian dairy farmers are concerned that the US Administration wants to replace Canadian dairy and the Canadian dairy industry with U.S. interests by eroding the pillars of our Canadian system. “Many American dairy farmers know that more access to the Canadian market isn’t a viable solution to American overproduction. Canada has a population that is less than the state of California. For American farmers, the Canadian market is a drop in the bucket – for us – it is our livelihood,” added Lampron.

Dairy is one of the top two agricultural sectors in 7 of 10 Canadian provinces. The sector employs over 220,000 Canadians, it contributes more than 19 billion dollars to Canada’s GDP annually and 3.8 billion dollars in local, provincial and federal taxes.

“Canadians today have access to Canadian milk that is produced to the highest standards for quality, animal care, and the environment in North America. This is done all while ensuring Canadian retail prices for milk are in line with other countries – in fact, more affordable than many”, said Lampron.

Canada’s system of supply management ensures the Canadian supply of milk matches domestic demand, and allows farmers to receive a fair price that covers their costs of production – without the need for any direct taxpayer production subsidies like those granted to farmers in the U.S.

“We want to add our voice to that of Prime Minister Trudeau – that the dairy sector is worth fighting for - and we call on the Government to ensure that any final NAFTA deal has no further negative impact on our dairy sector,” he concluded.

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.

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Media contact

Lucie Boileau

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-236-9997

Lucie.boileau@dfc-plc.ca

Media Advisory

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 07:58

The government of Canada needs to stand firm in the NAFTA negotiations and defend our Canadian farmers

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) will hold a press conference to voice their concerns related to the NAFTA negotiations as they relate to the dairy sector. President Pierre Lampron and dairy producers from each province will be in attendance and address the media.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at 10:00 am Where:

Capital room, 3rd floor

Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa ON

Who: Pierre Lampron, President, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Gerritt Damsteegt, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia
Ralph Dietrich, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Reint-Jan Dykstra, DFC board member, Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick
Mel Foth, Chair, SaskMilk
Tom Koostra, Chair, Alberta Milk
Harold MacNevin, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island
Bruno Letendre, Chair, Producteurs de lait du Québec
Jeff Peddle, DFC board member, Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland
David Taylor, Chair, BC Dairy Association
David Wiens, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba
Call-in 1 855-453-6962 – Conference ID: 8672424 Webcast https://www1.webcastcanada.ca/live/registration/918eng.php

 

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers living on approximately 12,000 dairy farms. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits. To learn more, visit dairyfarmers.ca.

For more information:
Lucie Boileau, Director of Communications
Dairy Farmers of Canada
613 220-1724
lucie.boileau@dfc-plc.ca

Coming to a kitchen near you: Dairy Farmers of Canada Partners with MissFresh Meal Kits

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 07:50

With the growing popularity of online food subscription services across Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to announce a partnership with MissFresh, a Canadian company that strives to help people lead a healthier lifestyle by making eating healthy at home easy and accessible to everyone.

The partnership, launched August 12, provides recipes to MissFresh customers made with Canadian dairy products. In addition, the 100% Canadian dairy certification mark of origin is highlighted on the MissFresh website promoting the partnership.

Delivering a simplified cooking experience across Canada since 2015, DFC applauds MissFresh in their goal of simplifying lives of Canadian by curating healthier meal options for their customers including ready-to-cook meal kits, breakfast, snacks and beverages options.

DFC President Pierre Lampron is enthusiastic about the partnership saying, “Canadian dairy is a highly nutritious product and I am pleased to see more Canadian dairy enter the homes of Canadians as they explore ready to prepare meal kits as a healthy and convenient option.”

Get cooking with $80 off your first 2 orders!

About MissFresh

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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.

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Media contact

Lucie Boileau

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-236-9997

Lucie.boileau@dfc-plc.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada takes good note of the Canadian government’s words of support for the dairy sector

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:05

“Canadian dairy farmers took good note of Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to defend the dairy sector and the supply management system at the NAFTA table.

Dairy farmers and their families have already paid the price for Canada to enter into the CETA and CPTPP trade agreements, by opening the Canadian domestic market to other countries’ dairy imports. These imported products displace Canadian products, so fewer Canadian dairy products are available for our Canadian consumers.

Canadian milk adheres to some of the highest standards for quality, animal care, and the environment, without the use of the artificial growth hormone rBST. Furthermore, these concessions weaken a sector that creates jobs and billions for our economy.

Canadians stand firmly behind our dairy farmers and their families. The Government supports a strong and vibrant dairy sector; it must ensure that dairy farmers and their families are not impacted negatively by the present negotiations."

Dairy Farmers of Canada keeping a close watch on renewed NAFTA negotiations

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 13:38

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is watching closely as Canada rejoins the NAFTA negotiations following an agreement in principle on a bilateral ‘US-Mexico Trade agreement’, announced yesterday.

DFC is awaiting further details from the Canadian government as to how Canada will re-engage as part of the negotiation.

DFC representatives will be heading to Washington this week. “We will continue to advocate to ensure Canadian dairy farmers not be negatively impacted as a consequence of any trade agreement,” said Pierre Lampron, president of DFC.

Canada’s dairy farmers are counting on the Canadian government’s leadership to ensure that our nation’s right to determine and administer our own domestic policies continues to be respected. As the Prime Minister indicated last month, and reiterated today, “I want to reiterate my strong support and our government’s strong support for dairy farmers across our country. Our system of supply management is a model that provides a fair price for farmers, stability for processors and high quality dairy products at an affordable price, and it sustains farming families and rural communities across Canada. Make no mistake, we will continue to protect and defend our supply managed system, that includes at the NAFTA table”.

A recent Nanos Research poll revealed that the majority of Canadians support the supply management system and almost two in three Canadians think the government should strongly defend the dairy sector during NAFTA negotiations. The poll also uncovered that nearly eight in ten Canadians would look favourably on politicians who defend Canada’s dairy sector in NAFTA negotiations.

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy sector, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy farming and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

Media contact:
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications
Lucie.Boileau@dfc-plc.ca
613-220-1724

Key facts :

  • Canada currently imports over 10% tariff-free of dairy products consumed in Canada while the US imports about 3% of its dairy consumption.
  • Canadian dairy farmers do not rely on subsidies to produce milk thanks to supply management. Europeans and Americans pay twice for their milk — once in the store and a second time through subsidies.
  • Dairy is one of the top two agricultural sectors in 7 of 10 Canadian provinces.
  • The sector contributes $20B to Canada’s GDP and provides employment to 220,000 Canadians.
  • The Canadian dairy industry contributed $3.8B in local, provincial and federal taxes.

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