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Updated: January 17, 2019
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DFO 2018 Annual Report Highlights

January 17, 2019

Highlights of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario 2017-18 Annual Report can now be viewed online through a short video.

If the link above does not open, please paste this link into your web browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm1JOyevCdQ&feature=youtu.be

2019 Board executive elected

January 10, 2019

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s board elected its 2019 board executive at a special meeting held Jan. 10, 2019.

Murray Sherk, board member Region 8, was elected as chair. Bart Rijke, board member Region 1, was elected as vice-chair. Nick Thurler, board member Region 2, was elected as second vice-chair.

Rey Moisan was re-appointed as treasurer to the board.

P5 Quota Committee message

January 7, 2019

P5 Quota Committee message :

The P5 Boards are undertaking consultation with producers in the near future regarding the reduction of the credit day sleeve to a total no lower than 25 days (+10/-15). This consultation will also include transition elements such as a schedule for the sleeve change, a final implementation date and the possible utilization of provincial credit exchanges in Ontario and Quebec.

In addition, methods to return to a common quota issuance across the P5 provinces will also be discussed by the P5 Boards by the end of January 2019.

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 January 21, 2019, meeting.

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Message du comité du quota du P5 :

Les conseils du P5 entreprendront bientôt une consultation avec les producteurs concernant la réduction de la flexibilité des jours de crédits à un total pas moins de 25 jours (+10/-15). Cette consultation comprendra aussi des éléments de transition comme un échéancier pour le changement de la flexibilité, une date finale de mise en œuvre et l’utilisation  possible d’échanges de crédits provinciaux en Ontario et au Québec.

De plus, une discussion des conseils sur les méthodes pour retourner à une émission commune de quota à travers les provinces du P5 aura lieu avant la fin de janvier 2019.

Le comité du quota du P5 va continuer à surveiller la production de lait et l’évolution du marché de proche et déterminera si d’autres mesures seront requises lors de sa réunion du 21 janvier 2019.

Dairy Farm Investment Program

January 3, 2019

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay has announced that starting Jan. 7, 2019, requests for funding will be accepted under the second and final phase of the $250-million Dairy Farm Investment Program.

“Our government strongly supports and is committed to maintaining Canada's supply management system,” MacAulay says. “Through investments made under this program, dairy farmers across the country can make important upgrades to their operations, helping them continue to contribute to our economy and middle-class growth.”

Dairy farmers have until Feb. 8, 2019, to apply for funding from the second phase of the Dairy Farm Investment Program. The program will now have a two-stage application process involving a pre-selection step, where randomly selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. This new process replaces the first come, first served process used during the first phase of the program, giving all applicants an equal opportunity of being selected.

Projects will be eligible to receive up to $100,000, and between 1,000 and 1,500 projects are expected to receive funding through the program. Priority will be given to farms that have not already received funding.

Click here for more information about the program. 

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.

 

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.

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