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Updated: December 11, 2018
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Biosecurity and Animal Care Training

December 11, 2018

The next proAction milestone is the implementation of biosecurity requirements, which will become mandatory in September 2019. DFO is developing a training program that includes biosecurity requirements, as well as a number of key animal care and welfare elements, such as down cattle management, animal-based measures and cull cow management.

Attention Veterinarians: training sessions for veterinarians will be running  from January 28 to February 7, 2019. Please click here to register.

Attention Producers: producer classroom training will begin in mid-February 2019  and on-farm training will start in March 2019. Training will be delivered by proAction Advisors. The updated Advisor list will be posted by February 12, 2019.

Click here for Milk Producer article on training.

 

Dairy Farm Investment Program Phase 2

December 6, 2018

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced that starting January 7, 2019, requests for funding will be accepted under the second and final phase of the $250-million Dairy Farm Investment Program. Dairy farmers will have until February 8, 2019, to apply for Phase II funding, valued at $98 million. The program will now have a two-stage application process involving a pre-selection step, which, if an applicant is selected, will be followed by the submission of a full application. This new process will give all applicants an equal opportunity of being selected for funding. Projects will be eligible for a contribution of up to $100,000. Between 1,000 - 1,500 projects are expected to be funded in Phase II. A number of changes to Phase II of the Dairy Farm Investment Program were developed following consultations with industry and feedback from farmers.

 

Read the full press release here: 

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/the-government-of-canada-announces-second-phase-of-dairy-farm-investment-program-702098141.html

 

 

Update on USMCA – Nov. 30

November 30, 2018

Canada, the United States and Mexico signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The signing of the agreement is considered to be largely ceremonial. The USMCA is anticipated to come into effect three months following the last country’s legislative approval of the agreement. Until the new agreement comes into force, rules under the North American Free Trade Agreement still apply.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is asking the government to honour its commitment to supporting the Canadian dairy system.

Together with Dairy Farmers of Canada and all provincial marketing boards, DFO continues to express serious concerns with the current text, which grants the U.S. oversight into the administration of the Canadian dairy system, and undermines Canadian sovereignty and the ability to manage Canadian dairy without U.S. intervention.

DFO’s board and staff will continue to engage all levels of government—provincial and federal—to minimize losses. The impact of the final text is being assessed and DFO will provide further updates.

In the meantime, producers should continue to contact their members of Parliament and members of provincial parliament to express concerns over the impact of the agreement.

Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

November 29, 2018

November 28, 2018 - Ottawa

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

 

Message from David Wiens - video clip

Message from Pierre Lampron - video clip

P5 quota committee meeting update

November 28, 2018

A P5 quota committee meeting took place on Nov. 26, 2018. No change to production signal was recommended for conventional milk producers. While there is still growth in market demand and P5 production is forecasted to be lower than last year’s level, butter stocks are continuing to be relatively high for this time of the year. The Canadian Dairy Commission’s December 2018 total butter stocks level is still expected to be well above what could be considered a “normal” level for the month of December. The P5 quota committee will continue to closely monitor milk production and the market evolution and will determine if further measures will be required at its Jan. 21, 2019, meeting.

Incentive day announcement – organic

In order to respond to Ontario’s organic milk requirements, Ontario organic producers will be issued the following incentive days: one additional day in December 2018, one additional day in January 2019, one additional day in February 2019, one additional day in March 2019, five incentive days for April 2019, and four incentive days each for May, June and July 2019.

The table below provides a summary of all incentive days.

Month/Mois Conventional / Conventionnel Organic / Biologique
November/novembre 2018                    0             5
December/ décembre 2018                    0             5
January/janvier 2019                    0             5
February/février 2019                    0             5
March/mars 2019                    0             5
April/avril 2019                    0             5
May/mai 2019                    0             4
June/ juin 2019                    0             4
July/juillet 2019                    0             4

 

Mise à jour sur la rencontre du comité des quotas du P5

Une rencontre du comité des quotas du P5 a eu lieu le 26 novembre 2018. Aucun changement du signal de production n’a été recommandé pour les producteurs laitiers conventionnels. Bien que la demande du marché continue de croître et que la production du P5 devrait être inférieure à celle de l’année dernière, les stocks de beurre demeurent relativement élevés pour cette période de l’année. Selon la Commission canadienne du lait, les stocks de beurre totaux du mois de décembre 2018 seront de loin supérieurs à ce qui est jugé comme un niveau « normal » pour le mois de décembre. Le comité des quotas du P5 continuera de surveiller étroitement la production laitière et l’évolution du marché et déterminera si des mesures supplémentaires sont requises lors de sa rencontre du 21 janvier 2019.

Annonce de journées additionnelles – biologique

Afin de répondre aux exigences en matière de lait biologique de l’Ontario, les producteurs biologiques de l’Ontario recevront les journées additionnelles suivantes : une journée supplémentaire en décembre 2018, une journée supplémentaire en janvier 2019, une journée supplémentaire en février 2019, une journée supplémentaire en mars 2019, cinq journée additionnelles pour avril 2019 et quatre journée additionnelles mois pour les mois de mai, juin et juillet 2019.

Le tableau ci-dessous présente un sommaire de toutes les journées additionnnelles.

Month/Mois Conventional / Conventionnel Organic / Biologique
November/novembre 2018                    0             5
December/ décembre 2018                    0             5
January/janvier 2019                    0             5
February/février 2019                    0             5
March/mars 2019                    0             5
April/avril 2019                    0             5
May/mai 2019                    0             4
June/ juin 2019                    0             4
July/juillet 2019                    0             4

Update on USMCA

November 23, 2018

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has committed to updating producers on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The following highlights some of DFO’s recent related activities and further information on the USMCA. 

It has been reported the U.S., Mexico and Canada are expected to sign the USMCA on Nov. 30, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the G20 international forum is being hosted. After the deal is signed, all three countries will still need to ratify the agreement through their respective legislative processes, which could take several months.

The USMCA is anticipated to come into effect three months following the last country’s legislative approval of the agreement. In addition to the impact it will have on the dairy and agriculture industries, other industries that will feel the impact of this trade deal include oil and gas, steel, automotive, other agriculture sectors, textiles and apparel, alcoholic beverages and many others. Until the new agreement comes into force, rules under the North American Free Trade Agreement still apply.

The federal government has not yet provided official text and further details regarding the USMCA.

Representatives from DFO, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and FarmGate 5 continue to work with the government to understand the agreement and expected impacts, as well as work toward the best possible outcome for the industry.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay has announced new working groups composed of dairy producers and processors that will discuss strategies to fairly compensate the dairy industry in light of concessions made in the USMCA. The working groups will bring together officials from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, national dairy organizations and associations, as well as regional representatives. Ontario will have three representatives on the working groups. Their mandate will include:

  • Develop strategies to help producers and processors adjust to the short-term impacts of the USMCA, as well as impacts from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP);
  • Determine how to help the dairy sector innovate and remain an important source of jobs and economic growth for future generations. Academic leaders, as well as industry and financial experts, will also provide support to the working groups as needed.

The federal government will engage with provincial and territorial governments throughout the process.

Over the past weeks, DFO representatives have met with many government officials to express their disappointment in concessions made in the USMCA. Meetings were held with government leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Ont.), Minister Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay (P.E.I) and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman (Ont.).

Additional meetings were held with:

  • Wayne Easter, MP, Malpeque (P.E.I.);
  • Bev Shipley, MP, Lampton-Kent-Middlesex (Ont.);
  • Kim Rudd, MP, Northumberland-Peterborough South (Ont.);
  • André Pratte, Senator (Que.);
  • Pierre Dalphond, Senator (Que.);
  • Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, MP, Winnipeg South Centre (Man.);
  • Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings-Lennox and Addington (Ont.);
  • Harold Albrecht, MP, Kitchener-Conestoga (Ont.);
  • Ruth Ellen Brosseau, MP, Berthier-Maskinongé (Que.);
  • Luc Berthold, MP, Megantic-L'Erable (Que.);
  • Larry Miller, MP, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound (Ont.);
  • Francis Drouin, MP, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell (Ont.);
  • Diane Finley, MP, Haldimand-Norfolk (Ont.).

DFO is asking the government to honour its commitment to supporting the Canadian dairy system. Dairy farmers are not prepared todiscuss specifics of compensation until full impacts of the USMCA are understood. In the meantime, other areas the government can support are enforcement of border controls, Canada’s Food Guide, front-of-package labelling and a promotion levy on imported products.

DFO will continue to share relevant information as it becomes available.

For more information on the USMCA, refer to the consumer frequently asked questions (FAQs) document and infographic that are being shared on DFO’s website under the consumer tab, on DFO’s social media channels and directly with consumers. Please feel free to share these resources.

 

Board Member Elections Regions 3 & 11

November 13, 2018

Region 3

The ballot count for the 2018 Election for Board Member in Region 3 was held in accordance with the procedures detailed in Ontario Regulation 760, as amended, made under the Milk Act, on Nov. 13, 2018.

The candidate receiving the largest number of votes in the election in Region 3 was John Wynands.

DFO’s Board, at a meeting held via conference call on Nov. 13, 2018, declared John Wynands elected to serve as Board Member for Region 3, for a four-year term commencing immediately following the adjournment of the DFO Annual General Meeting of dairy producers, on Jan. 10, 2019.

Region 11

The ballot count for the 2018 Election for Board Member in Region 11 was held in accordance with the procedures detailed in Ontario Regulation 760, as amended, made under the Milk Act, on Nov. 13, 2018.

The candidate receiving the largest number of votes in the election in Region 11 was Mark Hamel.

DFO’s Board, at a meeting held via conference call on Nov. 13, 2018, declared Mark Hamel elected to serve as Board Member for Region 11, for a four-year term commencing immediately following the adjournment of the DFO Annual General Meeting of dairy producers, on Jan. 10, 2019.

Updated proAction Online Course & Booklet

November 12, 2018

The DFO proAction Online Training Course and proAction Requirements Summary Booklet has now been updated to reflect proAction program changes including the finalized Biosecurity requirements.

The optional online training course allows you to read and learn at your own pace and fully explains each proAction requirement, how to implement on farm, and how your validator will assess the requirement during your proAction validation. The updated ProAction Online Training Course can be found on the DFO website (under Farmers / proAction) or by clicking on the following link:

English: https://www.milk.org/Corporate/proAction/Online%20Course/en/story.html

French: https://www.milk.org/Corporate/proAction/Online%20Course/fr/story.html

The requirements summary booklet summarizes each proAction requirement, how to implement on farm, and how your validator will assess the requirement during your proAction validation. It contains the same information as the proAction Reference Manual but in a summarized easy-to-carry booklet. The updated ProAction Requirements Summary Booklet can be found on the DFO website (under Farmers / proAction / Program Requirements) or by clicking on the following link:

https://www.milk.org/Corporate/proAction/proActionReqFileManager.aspx

P5 Quota Committee meeting update

November 2, 2018

A P5 Quota Committee meeting took place on Nov. 1, 2018. No change to production signal was recommended. While there is still growth in market demand and P5 production is forecasted to be lower than last year’s level, butter stocks are continuing to be relatively high for this time of the year. The CDC December 2018 butter stocks level forecast has been revised downward from 32 000 tonnes to 27 000 tonnes, a level that remains above the 17 000 tonnes target level for the month of December.  The P5 Quota Committee will continue to monitor closely milk production and the market evolution and will determine if further measures will be required.

OAFB honours DFO, Gay Lea with award

November 2, 2018

The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) awarded Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) and Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. with the 2018 Paul Mistele Memorial Award on Nov. 1 at Farm & Food Care (FFC) Annual Harvest Gala in Guelph, Ont.

 “We are honoured to present these organizations with the Paul Mistele Memorial Award in recognition of their ongoing commitment to assisting families in need and local communities across the province,” says Carolyn Stewart, OAFB’s executive director.

Last year, in recognition of Canada 150, DFO donated $150,000 over three years to OAFB. In addition to the Canada 150 gift, Ontario dairy farmers donate almost one million litres of milk to Ontario food banks annually with the support of the Ontario Dairy Council (ODC) and Ontario Milk Transport Association (OMTA).

“It is important to ensure everyone in Ontario has access to high-quality Canadian milk. We recognize how fortunate we are to be able to give back to our communities, with the support of ODC and OMTA,” says Ralph Dietrich, DFO’s chair. “It’s our pleasure and honour to increase our commitment to the OAFB, and work on this initiative with Gay Lea Foods. I’m reminded of our core Canadian values and ongoing commitment to support our local community and families. We can achieve more by working together than alone.”

Gay Lea Foods is a longstanding supporter of Ontario’s annual milk donation program and proud sponsor of the OAFB’s capacity building program, which provides food banks in Ontario with funding to expand and accept, store and distribute milk and fresh food. Last year, Gay Lea Foods committed to providing at-cost products for five years in support of Ontario’s food banks.

“We’re pleased to be recognized alongside DFO for an initiative that exemplifies our co-operative's values while supporting the very communities where our farmer members, employees and their families live, work and play,” says Rob Goodwill chair of Gay Lea Foods.

Named after the late farm leader who founded Ontario Pork’s donate-a-hog program in 1998, the Paul Mistele Memorial Award recognizes agricultural partners who have shown a significant and enduring commitment to ending hunger in Ontario.

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