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Updated: June 30, 2017
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Organic New Entrant Quota Assistance Program

June 30, 2017

To ensure there are new entrants to maintain the organic milk supply due to producers exiting the dairy industry, DFO is giving priority access for up to 3 positions from the 2018 New Entrant Quota Assistance Program.

The Organic New Entrant Quota Assistance Program (ONEQAP-2018) is for the application period of July 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017.  The first exchange available to purchase quota is September 2017.

Once the selection process is complete, DFO will then open the application period from September 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017 for the unfilled NEQAP positions.

Click here for the Organic NEQAP application.

Resignation of DFC Executive Director

June 29, 2017

June 27, 2017 - Ottawa, ON

It is with a mix of sadness for her departure and gratitude for her efforts that the Board of Directors of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) announces that its Executive Director, Caroline Emond, has decided to step down effective July 4, 2017.

Since January 2015, Ms. Emond has played a critical role in several transformational files. Ms. Emond has successfully led Canadian dairy producers to reach an historic agreement in principle with dairy processors. She revamped the organization’s look and feel with the launch of the new visual identity and revised the organization mission, vision and values to bring DFC in the twenty first century. She worked with Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba marketing team to create additional synergies to ensure a better cohesion with the organizations. She also helped minimize the impacts of the TPP on dairy farmers.

In light of her many accomplishments, she has decided to move on.

“Caroline has brought a breath of fresh air to DFC. We are grateful for her legacy, which will contribute to a bright future for the dairy industry. She was instrumental in one of the most challenging times in the history of Canada dairy industry.” Said Wally Smith, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada. We sincerely thank Caroline for her contribution to Dairy Famers of Canada and to the Canadian dairy industry. She has shown to be a well-respected lobbyist and a dedicated leader. We wish her the best for her future projects. Over the next few months, DFC will be conducting a search to find the new Executive Director.

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P5 Quota Announcement

June 16, 2017

Quota Increase

The P5 Boards have approved a 5% producer saleable quota increase effective July 1, 2017.


Incentive Days Conventional and Organic

There is no change to incentive days.


Market Demand

This decision is intended to ensure P5 milk production continues to fill all current demand, as butter stocks have not surpassed their updated target level of 35,000 tonnes. Demand for dairy products continues to be strong while P5 processing capacity has increased since the beginning of April but continues to be closely monitored.



Augmentation du quota négociable

Les conseils d’administrations des offices provinciaux  de P5 ont approuvé une augmentation de 5% du quota négociable à compter du 1er juillet 2017.


Journées additionnelles – lait régulier et biologique

Il n’y a aucun changement aux journées additionnelles.


La demande du marché

Cette décision vise à assurer que la production de lait de P5 comble la demande, sachant que les inventaires de beurre n’ont pas atteint le niveau-cible révisé de 35 000 tonnes. La demande pour les produits laitiers continue d’être forte alors que la capacité de transformation s’est accrue depuis le début du mois d’avril mais continue d’être surveillée de près.



Month/Mois Conventional Only/ Conventionnel seulement Organic Only/ Biologique seulement
June/Juin 2017 1 3
July/Juillet 2017 1 3
August/Août 2017 2 5
September/Septembre 2017 3 6
October/Octobre 2017 3 6
November/Novembre 2017 2 5
December/ Décembre 2017 0 3
January/Janvier 2018 0 3
February/Février 2018 0 3
March/Mars 2018 0 3

Canadian Twitter party scheduled for World Milk Day

May 30, 2017

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) will be hosting a Twitter party in honour of World Milk Day. DFC invites you to join in on Thursday, June 1 at 11 a.m. Eastern time for its French Twitter Party and-or 12 p.m. Eastern time for its English Twitter Party. Please join and follow along with #WorldMilkDayCa in discussing your favourite dairy products, nutrition information and more.

DFC is reaching out to consumers in a fun and interactive way by asking questions during the Twitter party.

Sample questions include:

  • What makes milk great?
  • How do you incorporate milk in your everyday life?
  • Do you know how many nutrients are in a glass of milk?

DFC will be giving away five cheese baskets (approximate retail value $50.00 each), with up to three cheese baskets available during the English Twitter party and up to two cheese baskets available during the French Twitter party.

To be eligible to win a prize, you must RSVP (below) and tweet at least once during the Twitter Party with the #WorldMilkDayCa hashtag.  Retweets do not count as an entry. 

Winners will be announced throughout the party and will be asked to contact Dairy Farmers of Canada by direct message on Twitter.

To confirm your participation please RSVP to Rebecca Johnson at

Check out The Global Dairy Platform to see when and how other places in the world will be celebrating ( or follow along during the day with #WorldMilkDay.

DFO Statement on new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada

May 29, 2017

On behalf of Ontario’s dairy farmers, we would like to congratulate Andrew Scheer on the win today.

Ontario’s dairy farmers are pleased to see that the Conservative Party of Canada elected a new Leader who is strongly committed to supporting the benefits to Canadian consumers and farmers that come from our strong Canadian dairy system.

The Conservative Party – and all other major parties – have long been supporters of our farmers.  We are pleased this will continue.

Dairy Farmers of Ontario Appoints Graham Lloyd as New General Manager

May 23, 2017

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Graham Lloyd as General Manager effective August 1, 2017.

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Dairy Farmers of Ontario announces new General Manager

May 18, 2017

On behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) Board of Directors, it is with great pleasure that I announce that Graham Lloyd has been promoted to the position of General Manager of DFO.

Click here for the full announcement.


Got milk? Wisconsin has too much, but that’s not Canada’s problem

May 17, 2017

Americans are milking a Canadian import-policy change to heap blame on their northern neighbours.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Hill Times

U.S. President Donald Trump recently denounced Canada’s dairy system. His animus resulted from a long-advertised change to Canadian dairy import regulations that affected ultra-filtered milk. The public face of the dispute is the about 75 dairy farmers in and around Wisconsin who were told that their milk was no longer needed by their processor, Grassland Dairy, because of its market loss following the tariff change.

Trump blamed Canada for messing up U.S. dairy, suggesting that this country get rid of its system of supply management, which is quota-based, matches domestic demand with domestic supply, and does not engage, by and large, in the international market. Indeed, he seemed to link his distaste for NAFTA more generally with Canada’s tried and true dairy system, which suits Canadians’ need and which provides a high-quality product at a very reasonable price to consumers.

What do we make of this? Most importantly, that this is not Canada’s problem. Indeed, Wisconsin dairy farmers have been working to seal their own fate for the past several years, as they increased production to meet, or so they were told, limitless export potential. As it turned out, that was a false promise, even as production right across the U.S. in 2016 soared by 2.5 per cent and farmers continued to struggle with oversupply.

Moreover, in 2016, long before Canada legitimately altered its dairy import regime to respond to Canadian issues, 400 Wisconsin dairy farmers had shuttered their farms, unable to make a living wage. Danielle Endvick, the communications director at the Wisconsin Farmers Union, has observed that “It is insanity to continue with unthrottled production.” She is so correct.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel picked up on this idea in late April: “It’s not just a Wisconsin problem. Dairy producers in other states and countries are also in trouble because there’s a global surplus of their products.” This raises the obvious question: why have U.S. producers not cut back on milk production, given this continuing situation? Is that not how their market-based system is supposed to work?

In Wisconsin, farmers are to some extent the authors of their own misfortune. Endvick, who grew up on a dairy farm, likened the industry to “a runaway train that was only headed for heartache.”

If the president is so concerned with dairy in Wisconsin, or Scott Walker, the state’s governor, wants to help out its dairy sector, why not start by preventing cut-rate milk imports into Wisconsin from neighbouring states. Processors buy this out-of-state milk for US$5 per hundredweight (cwt, or 100 pounds) less than they pay their own farmers and truck in massive volumes of the stuff.

Some reports are more pointed. Michigan dairy farmers have taken Wisconsin markets in their own desperate search for any place to offload their product. They are willing to part with a hundredweight of milk for US$6, well below the cost of production, which generally runs at about US$21 per cwt. Wisconsin milk generally costs processors about US$14 per cwt.  

Given Michigan’s massive dairy surplus, farmers are desperately seeking any advantage. It is either that or dump it in lagoons, spread it on fields or drain it away using some other method. Last year, U.S. farmers denatured 43 million gallons of milk because no market could be found, not even at a cut-rate price. What a waste!

Given all this, how is it possible that Trump can tweet completely unsubstantiated alternative facts about Canada’s system of supply management/fair farm pricing? Canadians have nothing at all to do with the downturn in the U.S. dairy industry; it is all of American making.

Indeed, Canada has been sideswiped by that runaway train that Endvick has mentioned, despite the fact that we have been minding our own business. Supply management has provided our rural economy with a certain resilience that does not exist south of the border. Indeed, without our Canadian dairy system, the very dire American environment would be visited upon Canada, with incalculable effects on our countryside.

Moreover, despite the Trump tweets, Canada has been a willing partner to the United States in terms of importing dairy products, buying about $550-million every year from American dairy farmers, while exporting only about $110-million to our southern neighbour. Overall, we are the top global importer of U.S. agricultural products, taking US$24-billion each year, far more than we sell in that market.

U.S. hypocrisy knows no bounds. To follow this story suggests that the future of NAFTA and the free world depends on what happens to those Wisconsin dairy farmers, although all have now found an alternative processor. The Americans remain fixated on a Canadian dairy system that is sensible, reasonable, is a bastion of Canadian food security and sovereignty, and which is fair for both producers and consumers alike.

Bruce Muirhead is associate vice president, external research, and a professor in the department of history at the University of Waterloo. He has written extensively on Canadian trade negotiations since the Second World War. His more recent work, which was funded by the Norwegian Research Council, has focused on the evolution of Canadian agricultural policy, and especially dairy and egg supply management. He is the Egg Farmers of Canada Chair in Public Policy, where his research focuses on issues surrounding the relevance and usefulness of supply management.

The Hill Times

CBC interviews farmer on why supply management still works

May 16, 2017

On Monday, May 15, The Morning Edition, a CBC Radio program in Kitchener-Waterloo, interviewed dairy farmer Bruce Sargent about supply management. Sargent discussed some of the reasons why dairy, egg, and chickens are supply managed, how the system protects farmers, and the importance of including farmers in the debate on supply management.

Below is a link to the audio version of the interview.  A full transcript will be available in the May 12 to 18 E-clippings. 

Farmer says we haven't heard both sides of the supply management story

Activism verdict an issue of food safety – farmers prepared to respond

May 4, 2017

Farm & Food Care Ontario, Ontario Pork, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario will release a joint statement today in response to the anticipated verdict by Justice David Harris on Anita Krajnc’s charge for criminal mischief related to interfering with farm animals while in transit. Representatives from the four organizations will also be in attendance for the verdict at the courthouse and available to talk to media at its conclusion.

The charges relate to interfering with farm animals while in transit which puts food safety and animal welfare at risk. Ontario farmers work hard to provide high standards of animal care and quality food for Canadians. They support the right to peaceful protest, but not to interfere with farm animals.

Ontario farm organizations are concerned that activists will continue to engage in such activities that are a growing threat to animal welfare, food security and human safety. These activists are putting livestock, farm families, communities and farmers’ livelihoods at risk.

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