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Updated: January 15, 2021
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DFO elects 2021 Board executive

January 15, 2021

At a Special Board meeting held on Jan. 13, 2021 following DFO’s 2021 AGM, Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) Board elected its 2021 Board Executive.

  • Murray Sherk, Board Member for Region 8, was re-elected as Chair.
  • Nick Thurler, Board Member for Region 2, was re-elected as Vice-Chair.
  • Steve Runnalls, Board Member for Region 12, was elected as 2nd Vice-Chair.
  • Arlene Minott was reappointed as Corporate Secretary to the Board.
  • Rey Moisan was reappointed as Treasurer to the Board.

At a Special Board meeting held on Sept. 30, 2020, DFO’s Board declared Bart Rijke (Region 1), Don Gordon (Region 5) and Vicky Morrison (Region 9) elected by acclamation to each serve four-year terms, effective Jan. 13, 2021, immediately following the adjournment of DFO’s 2021 annual general meeting.

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DFO a élu les dirigeants de son conseil d’administration 2021

À l’occasion d’une réunion extraordinaire du conseil d’administration tenue le 13 janvier 2021 à la suite de l’AGA de 2021 de DFO, le conseil d’administration de Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) a élu ses dirigeants pour 2021.

  • Murray Sherk, membre du conseil pour la région 8, a été réélu président du conseil;
  • Nick Thurler, membre du conseil pour la région 2, a été réélu vice-président du conseil;
  • Steve Runnalls, membre du conseil pour la région 12, a été élu deuxième vice-président du conseil;
  • Le mandat d’Arlene Minott à titre de secrétaire du conseil a été reconduit;
  • Tout comme celui de Rey Moisan en tant que trésorier du conseil.

Lors d’une réunion extraordinaire du conseil d’administration tenue le 30 septembre 2020, le conseil de DFO a déclaré Bart Rijke (région 1), Don Gordon (région 5) et Vicky Morrison (région 9) élus par acclamation pour un mandat de quatre ans chacun, débutant le 13 janvier 2021, immédiatement après l’ajournement de l’assemblée générale annuelle de DFO de 2021.

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DFO's 2019-20 annual report now available

January 13, 2021

DFO's annual report is an annual overview of the operations of DFO including milk quality, transportation, advertising programs and complete financial statements. 


View the 2019-20 annual report on DFO's consumer site in English 


(En français : cliquez ici pour notre page Publications)



“In a year of uncertainty, Ontario’s dairy farmers found a way to stabilize and even thrive. It has been challenging and rewarding. We will invest in growing and protecting our domestic market by promoting innovation in the dairy market, maintaining high milk quality and pushing for tighter border controls.”

Cheryl Smith, CEO




Last chance to register for DFO's virtual AGM, as well as Lactanet's AGM on Jan. 13, 2021

January 8, 2021

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) invites all Ontario dairy producers and industry partners to attend the annual general meeting (AGM), which is being held virtually for the first time. See more information and the registration link in the below section.


The Lactanet 2021 AGM will take place before DFO's AGM. Note, a new event page has been created for Lactanet. Please click here to register separately for Lactanet's AGM.



DFO's 2021 AGM

Jan. 13, 2021

DFO: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Virtual event - register here 


To view the agenda, click here. 


Attend Dairy Day at Grey Bruce Farmers' Week

January 6, 2021

Grey Bruce Farmers' Week (GBFW) welcomes producers and agribusiness from across Canada. Their eight-day virtual event began this week and will run until next Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

Each day focuses on a different ag industry, with relevant speakers and activities.



Dairy Day is Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of Dairy Day is to provide an opportunity for producers to meet with each other, be educated on the latest technology, discuss pertinent issues, learn about health and nutrition topics, and much more.


Mark Hamel, Dairy Farmers of Ontario's (DFO) 2nd Vice-Chair and Board Member for Region 11 (Bruce and Grey Counties), will be representing DFO by giving an industry update from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

He will also participate in the dairy panel with several other dairy experts at 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.



Conference content will be available live during the week, and available for 30 days following the event. Note, video recordings will be available within 24 hours of the end of the live event. 

Each event, including Dairy Day, is $33.90 to attend sessions live, and includes access to prerecorded content and recordings of live content following each event.

Christmas, Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 - DFO’s holiday office hours / Heures d’ouverture pendant les fêtes

December 24, 2020

DFO’s holiday office hours

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) head office will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Dec. 24, 2020, to Jan. 3, 2021, reopening Jan. 4, 2021. 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.



Heures d’ouverture pendant les fêtes

Le siège social de Dairy Farmers of Ontario sera fermé pour les vacances de Noël du 24 décembre 2020 au 3 janvier 2021, réouverture le 4 janvier 2021. 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.


Ontario producers: Apply for DFO's new Sustainability Sub-Committee

December 23, 2020

This sub-committee has been established to assist in the development of a DFO sustainability strategy. This sub-committee will make recommendations to DFO’s Communications and GR Committee on sustainability strategic and execution plans.

Ontario producers are invited to apply: click here for more information and the form (also under the Farmers tab on the Publications and Forms pages).

Application deadline (including form, resume and cover letter) is Jan. 22, 2020.

DFO’s magazine Milk Producer receives three 2020 APEX awards, including Grand Award

December 21, 2020

Dairy Farmers of Ontario's (DFO) communications division is pleased to announce DFO's industry magazine, Milk Producer, is once again an APEX Award recipient. This year, Milk Producer staff has received three 2020 awards.

APEX is an annual awards program that recognizes excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence.

This year is the first time Milk Producer has received a Grand Award, which is the higher tier of APEX awards to recognize outstanding work.

Milk Producer also received two Awards of Excellence this year, which are in addition to the magazine's eight previous Awards of Excellence from APEX in previous years. In total, DFO has now received 11 APEX Awards.





Milk Producer's 2020 awards include:

  • Grand Award - Magazines, Journals and Tabloids, for the May 2019 issue, by magazine staff (see cover image);


For the full list of 2020 APEX Award winners, click here.

Visit the APEX website to learn more about the yearly competition.

Visit to learn more about the magazine, including how to advertise, and to read current issues and archives.

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Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020, protects Ontario farms and food system

December 18, 2020

On Dec. 5, 2020, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act came into force. The new regulations will help improve working conditions for farmers, farm families and agri-food sector employees and allow agri-businesses to focus on important aspects of their operations, including the production of safe, high-quality food for Ontario families.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) worked closely with the Ontario government, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and commodity groups across the province for the past year to bring this legislation and regulations to life.

Nearly 130 municipalities have passed or supported council resolutions calling on the government to strengthen protections for farm families, employees and animals.

"The implementation of these regulations is a milestone that will help protect our food supply while giving dairy producers peace of mind that their farms, families, animals and staff are protected," said Murray Sherk, DFO’s Board Chair, in the government news release. "We appreciate the government's judicious action on this issue and thank the minister and his team for continued consultation and support."

Last chance to help DFO’s giant milk glass #FillUpWithLove

December 16, 2020

Participate on social media by Dec. 24 to support Ontario children’s hospitals through Milk and Cookies campaign 

It’s the home stretch of Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) 2020 Milk and Cookies campaign. There’s only a few days left until the #FillUpWithLove initiative reaches its goal on Christmas Eve! Hurry and get your social media messages in by Dec. 24.

Join us in sending extra love to kids, their families and front-line medical workers who are spending the holidays away from home and in the hospital. Together, we can support them during what may be an especially difficult holiday season. 

DFO has built a giant 18-foot milk glass in Toronto’s Winter Village at the Distillery District to be “filled up” with your virtual messages of support for Ontario children’s hospitals. Each time you share a message on social media using #FillUpWithLove and tagging us @ontariodairy, the milk glass will fill up and display your messages on its screen, and also to be shared with kids inside the hospitals. Learn more about the campaign here

The goal is for our milk glass to be filled up with messages by Christmas Eve, when it will be transported to the SickKids rooftop in Toronto, Ont., right next to a giant cookie, to make sure Santa doesn’t miss that very important stop. Help fill up our milk glass in time for the special event by following the steps below.



It's your last chance to participate!

  1. Send messages of support for kids, families and front-line workers in hospitals to let them know we’re thinking about them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
  2. Tag #FillUpWithLove and @ontariodairy.
  3. Select messages will be displayed on the big glass in the Distillery District and in children’s hospitals across Ontario.
  4. Tag your friends to join!



Explore the #FillUpWithLove hashtag on TwitterInstagram and Facebook to see others who have offered their support and encouragement.

A big thank you from DFO to those who have already participated. Your messages truly make a difference for the kids, families and frontline workers who are in need of support this holiday season.



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Marketing research shows significant increase in positive perceptions of dairy

December 13, 2020

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) regularly conducts dairy research and uses the results to improve marketing campaigns and encourage more Canadian consumers to enjoy dairy products.

The retail landscape went through enormous changes during COVID-19, and DFO has found consumer sentiment and dairy retail sales have changed a lot—in a positive direction.


Interesting data we captured include: 

  • More people describe milk as nutritious, versatile, delicious and safe;
  • Other key associations include local, healthy and community;
  • Retail sale of fluid milk continues to trend upward, a reversal for the industry;

Read the full article here on page 18 in the November Milk Producer magazine.



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