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Updated: October 12, 2018
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Video from Ralph Dietrich

October 12, 2018

Please view this video message from Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s (DFO) chair Ralph Dietrich regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Trudeau pledges compensation for farmers

October 12, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says dairy farmers will be compensated for their expected losses under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Visit National Post for the full article. 

Dairy farmers unhappy with USMCA deal

October 12, 2018

Kamloops-Okanagan Dairy Association encourages consumers to look for blue cow logo on dairy products.

Visit Revelstoke Review for the full article

Trudeau addresses Quebec dairy farmers

October 5, 2018

Dairy farmers are right when they say they have been forced to keep giving in recent trade deals, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Visit Global News for the full article. 


October 4, 2018

The federal government has not yet provided official text and details regarding the USMCA. In the absence of this information, it has been challenging for DFO to provide confirmed information and details on the new agreement. The information being shared is based on what has been published in the U.S. and what DFO staff is learning informally.


What DFO has been doing since the announcement:

In the past couple of days, DFO board members and staff have been very busy responding to producers, media, consumers and stakeholder meetings. As well, DFO board members and staff attended the first two Fall Regional Meetings on Mon., Oct. 1 and Tues., Oct. 2. Ralph Dietrich, DFO’s chair, and Graham Lloyd, DFO’s general manager and chief executive officer, met with Premier Doug Ford on Wed., Oct. 3, 2018. During their meeting, Premier Doug Ford restated his commitment and support for dairy farmers and the industry. DFO expressed its disappointment in the USMCA and significant concerns with the outcomes of the negotiations. DFO is also looking to government officials to honour their commitment to support supply management.

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October 1, 2018

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the federal government announced Canada, the United States and Mexico have reached an agreement in principle for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is disappointed with the results, which includes a calculated 3.9 per cent market access to the Canadian dairy industry.

DFO does not have the details of how this new access will be applied and over what timeframe. “It is too early to tell to what extent that will have on limiting our ability to grow,” says Graham Lloyd, Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s general manager and chief executive officer.

Canada’s supply management system provides balance by allowing Canadian dairy farmers to collectively negotiate price and adjust milk production to meet consumer demand. While farmers around the world face market fluctuations, Canadian farmers sell their milk at constant and stable prices.

As details of the new USMCA deal unfold, DFO will look to the federal government to stand behind their commitment to supporting supply management and ensuring Canadian dairy farmers are protected.

Cross-country dairy trip

September 26, 2018

Elmira dairy farmer resumes trip with his daughters, in memory of late wife

Henk Schuurmans' ribs are healed and soon he hopes he'll be able to walk without crutches again. His heart is another matter. Last Thursday, the Elmira dairy farmer climbed into a pickup truck to resume a journey he began earlier this summer.

Visit The Record for the full article.

Canada Post strike may affect services

September 24, 2018

Sept. 24, 2018

There might be a strike at Canada Post, starting as early as Sept. 26. This possible disruption to mail delivery means you may not receive mail from Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), including general correspondence. Please note, any payments you are required to send to DFO should be remitted electronically rather than mailing a cheque. You are still responsible for making any payments on time.

DFO will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds. If you have any questions regarding the strike and how it might affect DFO services to producers, please send your inquiry to or call 905-821-8970.

2018 Healthy calf conference

September 21, 2018

2018 Healthy calf conference is back!

Veal Farmers of Ontario’s biennial healthy calf conference is back. This year’s theme is Building the Foundation: Dairy and Veal Healthy Calf. The event will be held on Nov. 27 in Stratford, Ont., at the Arden Park Hotel and on Nov. 29 in Maxville, Ont., at the Maxville & District Sports Complex.

The conference will include a full day of expert speakers sharing the newest information on care of dairy calves, veal cattle and calves started for the dairy-beef market. Attendees can also look forward to a calf-focused tradeshow and great networking opportunities for anyone raising calves.

Attendees will go home with the knowledge they need to immediately improve calf management on their farms. Visit to learn more.

Register for Stratford.

Register for Maxville.


Update on NAFTA talks – no agreement

August 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

At a press conference today, Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced this round of the NAFTA talks have concluded. There is still no agreement between the United States and Canada. Talks are expected to continue next week.

DFO staff will continue to monitor the NAFTA renegotiations and provide updates as appropriate.

Please continue to check DFO’s social media channels on Twitter (@DairyOntario and @OntarioMilk) and Facebook (/OntarioDairy), as well for information.

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