Grocery retailers have come on board with the creation of a new code of conduct.

Dairy groups call for provinces to oversee grocery code of conduct

Retailer demands are raising costs for consumers and making some suppliers uncompetitive

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s dairy industry is asking for provinces to oversee a code of practice for grocery retailers.  In a letter to federal ministers, leaders from dairy groups say the “best solution” to “arbitrary fees and deductions” would be through “the development of provincial codes that are legislated, mandatory and enforceable.”  Why it matters: Fees charged to […] Read more

Eggs are one of the supply management sectors that gave up market access in recent trade deals.

Commodity groups split over supply management trade limit

A proposal would prevent the government from giving up any more of the market in trade negotiations

Reading Time: 3 minutes Commodity groups are split along predictable lines over a proposed law that would exclude supply managed commodities from future trade negotiations.  Bill C-216 was introduced as a private member’s bill by Bloc Quebecois MP Louis Plamondon as a means of protecting supply management. If passed, federal negotiators would not be able to involve tariffs or […] Read more

Editorial: A tempest in a butter wrapper

Editorial: A tempest in a butter wrapper

Reading Time: 3 minutes I pondered whether to add more copy to the head-scratching and manufactured debate over palm fat in dairy nutrition and the subsequent effects on butter hardness, but I think the recent flurry of mainstream media coverage provides some lessons. To recap: Food sector pot stirrer Sylvain Charlebois of Dalhousie University is a master at bringing […] Read more

Poultry compensation will pay for market development over 10 years.

Dairy compensation coming quicker than expected

Poultry sectors finally get 10-year compensation plan

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian producers in supply-managed sectors received details of federal government plans to compensate them for recently signed trade deals and the money is coming sooner than later. Why it matters: Supply-managed sectors were forced to permit access to some previously protected markets during negotiations for international trade deals. In exchange, producers in […] Read more

A new report is calling for reforms to Canada’s dairy industry to make it more responsive to consumer and market demands and create a path to the growing global market for its products.

Report pushes changes within supply management

System needs to better respond to consumer demand and create a long-term plan, report says

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new report from Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph paints a way forward for the dairy sector within supply management. The report, called Supply Management 2.0, calls for four areas of reform of the system that sets production level for farmers in return for guaranteed pricing for milk. Why it matters: Milk is […] Read more

Opinion: Federal government knew impact of CUSMA timing on dairy

Opinion: Federal government knew impact of CUSMA timing on dairy

Reading Time: 3 minutes The federal government is willing to let Canadian dairy producers lose out on millions of dollars as a result of the new trade deal with the United States and Mexico. When MPs in Ottawa listened to testimony from agricultural leaders on the passage of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in February, the bulk of concerns were […] Read more

The challenge with fluid milk

The challenge with fluid milk

Processors struggle with fluid milk profitability while dairy farmers work hard to rebuild the market

Reading Time: 3 minutes The profit and loss for fluid milk in Ontario is “already bust,” says a dairy processing company executive. Mark Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Lactalis Canada, the parent company of Parmalat, told the annual meeting of Dairy Farmers of Ontario that fluid milk consumption had a large drop in 2013 and has stagnated […] Read more

There were 9.2 billion litres of dairy production in Canada in 2019.

Dairy farmers look forward to CUSMA compensation

Federal agriculture minister says the funds will come, but no timeline has been set

Reading Time: 3 minutes Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau again committed to offering compensation to dairy farmers as a result of the CUSMA (Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement) deal. She told an audience at the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) annual policy conference in Ottawa Feb. 4-6, that supply management is a “social contract” that needs protecting. Why it matters: Dairy […] Read more

Fairlife is selling its milk in Canada now, but it is imported.

No special rules for supplying Fairlife

Peterborough milk processor remains on track for mid-2020 completion

Reading Time: 2 minutes Milk currently available to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario from conventional producers, will be delivered to Coca-Cola’s Fairlife processing plant in Peterborough, as soon as it enters the commissioning phase of development. Representatives of DFO and Coca-Cola Canada made those assertions when contacted recently by Farmtario. Why it matters: The plant will employ 35 people […] Read more

In a photo posted Nov. 6, incoming Berthier-Maskinonge MP Yves Perron meets with the riding’s outgoing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau to pick up active files from her constituency office. (Facebook)

Bloc Quebecois president tapped as party’s ag critic

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Bloc Quebecois will head into the House of Commons next month with a new critic handling the agriculture portfolio. Bloc leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has named Yves Perron, the rookie MP for Berthier-Maskinonge, as the party’s critic for agriculture, agri-food and supply management. As the Bloc’s ag critic, Perron replaces Mirabel MP Simon Marcil, who […] Read more