File photo of Agropur’s fluid milk plant in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Agropur to shut Winnipeg fluid milk plant

Work to be consolidated in B.C., Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy co-operative Agropur will consolidate its fluid milk production for Western Canada further west this fall, as it moves to shut its operation in Winnipeg. The Quebec-based co-operative announced Tuesday it will close its Winnipeg fluid milk plant effective Sept. 24 — affecting 48 jobs — and transfer that work to plants at Edmonton, Victoria […] Read more

Dairy farmers have fed palm fats to cows on an off depending on several factors, for about 20 years.

Butter expert group named

The group consists of nutrition, animal health and food science experts and will set its own scope

Reading Time: 2 minutes A working group of cross-Canadian experts has been named to look into the concerns about the use of palm fat and its effect on butter quality. The 13 members of the working group include experts in nutrition, both human and dairy cow, fatty acids and their composition, along with milk handling. Why it matters: Concern expressed […] Read more

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Farm cash receipts up in 2020

Crop receipts and direct payments up, livestock slightly lower

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — New data from Statistics Canada on Tuesday showed Canadian farm cash receipts went up in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, on the strength of rising crop prices and exports. The total value of farm cash receipts in the country totalled $71.7 billion in 2020, an 8.1 per cent increase from the previous year. […] Read more

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Canadian feed-grade dairy product class expanded

Buttermilk products now qualify for 4(m) permit price

Reading Time: < 1 minute A dairy product class set up to boost markets for solids non-fat (SNF), by boosting their use in animal feed such as milk replacer, has been expanded to include more products. The Canadian Dairy Commission announced Monday that its 4(m) milk class has been updated to allow dairy processors to get the 4(m) permit price […] Read more

Kadie, left, and Maddie Pettit hold the newly-unfurled banner for the Mistyglen Creamery on-farm processing facility, inside the family’s Belmont-area dairy barn. The barn was rebuilt following tornado damage in the summer of 2020.

On-farm processing dream perseveres through adversity

Mistyglen revived plans to process milk during the pandemic, and after a tornado wrecked its barn

Reading Time: 3 minutes A venture that had been set aside “indefinitely” by a Belmont-area dairy farm several years ago received a full reconsideration during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result Mistyglen Creamery now aims to sell its first on-farm processed milk and yogurt in late 2021. Why it matters: An increase in interest […] Read more


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Dairy farmers must register to get further trade compensation payouts

Expect letters soon explaining process, AgMin says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy farmers wanting to get in on a three-year, $1.405 billion federal compensation program for market share lost to free trade deals must register for the program by March 31 in each of those years. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Tuesday laid out further specifics for the Dairy Direct Payment Program, which is set to […] Read more

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer walks toward reporters ahead of a meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to discuss talks on modernizing the NAFTA trade deal, in Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/David Ljunggren)

U.S. throws down CUSMA challenge on Canada’s dairy import limits

Filing challenges Canadian tariff rate quota reserved for processors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Five months and counting since the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement came into force, the U.S. government has launched a CUSMA challenge of how Canada applies tariff exemptions on dairy imports. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday he has served Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng with written notice that the U.S. is “exercising its rights to […] Read more

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Tighter timeline set for dairy farmers’ trade pact compensation

Feather sector compensation pledged with $691 million in programs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Compensation to Canada’s supply-managed farmers, to offset domestic market share dealt away in two recent free trade pacts, will now move more quickly to dairy farmers — and will take the form of new programs for feather sectors. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Saturday announced $1.405 billion in compensation, as pledged in August last […] Read more


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Simplifying dairy logistics with Canadian start-up technology

Milk Moovement tracks shipments and gets information quickly to farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes A powerful tool that streamlines dairy supply chain logistics has landed an Atlantic Canada start-up coveted spots in a couple of big-name agriculture technology accelerators. Milk Moovement is the only Canadian company that is part of the current cohort of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in Minneapolis, and one of only two Canadian start-ups […] Read more

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Canada could be good place for cellular agriculture production, panel says

Research capacity and abundant supply of feedstocks would be advantages

Research capacity and abundant supply of feedstocks would be advantages

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dairy products created through cellular agriculture and fermentation will be the first products of their type to reach the market. Meat proteins created from cellular cultures has to look and perform like meat from animals so consumer adoption will be more challenging, a recent seminar put on by Ontario Genomics, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute […] Read more