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Updated: October 16, 2020
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Winners of DFO's 2020 scholarship announced

October 16, 2020

MISSISSAUGA, ONT.—DFO has an annual scholarship program, which offers up to four $3,000 scholarships to high school students entering a post-secondary degree or diploma program in agriculture. 

DFO is pleased to announce the winners of the scholarship for 2020:


Haleigh-Jo tePlate
Stormont County
Business Agriculture 
at Algonquin College
Lexi Johnston
Perth County
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
 at University of Guelph



Serena Hinz
Perth County
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 
at University of Guelph
Tanya Régimbald
Ottawa-Carleton County
Farm Management
at the Institute of Agri-Food Technology in Quebec

For more information on DFO's scholarships, click here. 

proAction notice of change 2020: Traceability module changes effective Oct. 5, 2020

October 16, 2020

This notice of change provides official notice to farmers on changes being implemented to the proAction requirements in the Traceability module, effective Oct. 5, 2020.

Read more about proAction on the proAction page.




Avis de changement pour proAction

Cet avis de changements sert d'avis aux producteurs, les informant des changements qui seront mis en oeuvre dans les exigence du volet Traçabilité de proAction, en vigueur le 5 octobre 2020.

En savoir plus sur proAction sur la page proAction.

Regenerative dairy: Virtual tour of Upper Canada Creamery

October 14, 2020


Thursday, Oct. 15

1 to 2:30 p.m. ET

Register here

Want to learn more about regenerative dairy?

Join this virtual field day to see Upper Canada Creamery, a certified organic dairy farm that uses their milk to produce top-quality grass-fed dairy products, including milk, yogurt and cheese.

Located in Iroquois, Ont., this dairy farm takes unique approaches to production and management using various regenerative practices including strip grazing, water use conservation and more.

Owner and operator Joshua Biemond will give participants an in-depth look at the processes and practices employed by this unique dairy farm.

Participants will be sent a pre-recorded tour in advance to watch at their convenience and join the live discussion and Q&A session on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. The registration fee is $5.

This event is presented by the Organic Council of Ontario in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and with support from the Canadian Organic Growers, as part of the Fall Field Day Series.



DFO announces yearlong partnership with TVO, featuring DFO’s new online education resource

October 13, 2020



To scale dairy education beyond the classroom, DFO’s marketing division has recently secured a one-year partnership with the well-known Canadian digital learning and media organization, TVO.

The TVO partnership will be connected to DFO’s new dairy education resource, available for free online at DFO is the first ever external partner of education materials featured on TVO’s platforms. 


As part of the partnership, DFO and its Dairy Education Program and materials will be:

  • Featured as an online resource on the TVO in the Classroom web page;
  • Aired on TVOkids and TVO prime time broadcast timeslots;
  • Featured in pop-up banner ads on TVO’s social media channels;
  • Included in TVO’s e-newsletter, in its annual report and on its list of corporate partners online.


See TVO’s website featuring DFO at 


Thanksgiving - Oct. 12, 2020 - DFO’s holiday office hours / Heures d’ouverture pendant les fêtes

October 12, 2020

DFO’s holiday office hours

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) head office will be closed on Thanksgiving, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Producers requiring DFO services over the holiday period should contact their local field services representative. DFO will be maintaining key services for dairy farmers, transporters and processors during the holiday period. Staff will be available or on-call as needed.

Contact: and 


Heures d’ouverture pendant les fêtes

Le siège social de Dairy Farmers of Ontario sera fermé Action de grâces,
lundi 12 octobre 2020. Les producteurs ayant besoin des services des DFO au cours de la période des Fêtes doivent communiquer avec leur représentant des services sur le site. Les DFO continueront d’offrir ses services principaux aux producteurs laitiers, aux transporteurs et aux industries de transformation lors de la période des Fêtes.

Contact: et 

The 2021 Milk Calendar is here! Sign up to receive a free copy mailed to you or digitally

October 7, 2020

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) marketing division is excited to announce the launch of its 2021 Milk Calendar. The beloved Milk Calendar returns for 2021 with 15 mouth-watering recipes inspired by our local Ontario bounty.


Ontario residents, please visit to sign up to have your free copy of the 2021 Milk Calendar mailed to you or to receive a digital copy of the calendar.


  • Copies of the calendar will also be available at Metro stores across Ontario or in the holiday edition of the LCBO’s Food & Drink Magazine for Greater Toronto Area (GTA) consumers.


  • Subscribers to DFO's industry magazine, Milk Producer, including Ontario dairy farmers, will receive a copy of the 2021 Milk Calendar with their mailing of the November issue.





See previous Milk Calendars here.


DFO marketing: New fall milk campaign launched, see nutritional facts on landing page

October 6, 2020

Dairy Farmers of Ontario's (DFO) fall milk campaign is the next evolution of DFO’s “What Can’t Milk Do?” campaign.

The fall campaign extends into the world of nutrition, letting Ontarians know about the different and compelling benefits that come with all of milk’s nutrients.

From Sept. 28 to Nov. 2, the campaign will reach consumers across the province.

You’ll see ads on television, billboards, bus shelters, all throughout social media and online, in gas stations and convenience stores, and on some of the biggest podcasts and influencers’ channels, too. 


Check out the updated "What Can't Milk Do?" landing page, now featuring endlessly scrolling nutritional facts, at the following link:


Watch the "What Can't Milk Do?" ad video below in the video player or use the link below:


proAction notice of change 2020: Animal care module changes effective March 2021

October 1, 2020

This notice of change provides official notice to farmers on changes being implemented to the proAction requirements in the Animal Care module, effective March 2021.


Read more about proAction on the proAction page.




Avis de changement pour proAction

Cet avis de changements sert d'avis aux producteurs, les informant des changements qui seront mis en oeuvre dans les exigence du volet Bien-etre animal de proAction, en vigueur en mars 2021.


En savoir plus sur proAction sur la page proAction.

DFO announces new digital learning platform and celebrates World School Milk Day 2020

September 30, 2020

Today, Sept. 30, 2020, is World School Milk (WSM) Day 2020, a day to recognize the benefit of school milk programs and dairy education to children's health around the world. WSM Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of September every year, originally begun by the Food and Agriculture (FAO) Organization of the United Nations. Learn more about WSM Day here on FAO's website. 

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) joins many other agriculture groups in celebrating WSM Day. 


New dairy education digital learning platform



DFO’s dairy education team is also pleased to announce it has launched its new Learning Management System (LMS), an engaging digital learning platform for teachers and parents, accessible for free online.

As part of the marketing division’s COVID-19 pivot plans, this resource supports teachers and students with digital dairy education lessons and activities, which can be shared virtually. The flexibility of the new dairy education LMS aligns with how Ontario schools are operating this school year, with remote and in-person learning, voluntary attendance and varying opening schedules. 

Connecting directly to the Ontario curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 12, these lessons promote the dairy education team’s three learning pillars—local, versatility and nutrition. Topics range from community and nutrition to genetics, food regulations and more. Anyone can view the interactive courses, and parents and teachers can easily register online for even more resources. 

Watch TV clip featuring Savour Ontario and a fondue recipe on Global's The Morning Show

September 27, 2020

Ontario cheese ambassador and Cheese Boutique owner Afrim Pristine appeared on Global's The Morning Show, broadcasted nationally on TV on Sept. 9, 2020, to represent Dairy Farmers of Ontario and its culinary program Savour Ontario.

Pristine featured his fall fondue recipe and highlighted Savour Ontario's recent launch activities. Learn more about Savour Ontario's new partnerships with Food Network and LCBO here in a previous news article. 

He also spoke passionately about the importance of supporting local, mentioning the incredible quality of ingredients we have available in Canada. 

He recommended two Ontario dairy brands for his fondue, Gunn's Hill Cheese and Stonetown Artisan Cheese.



Look out for more Savour Ontario activations, as well as posts on its social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Also, stay tuned for more information on the new 2021 Milk Calendar, coming soon.

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