The author says Canada’s food system is its greatest resource and cannot allow “ideologues and professional blusterers” to play chicken with the dairy sector.  |  File photo

Dairy sector vital to food sovereignty

If ultra-conservative politicians and pundits had their way, we’d all be cheesed off at Canada’s supply management system. They would have Canadians believe that milk in the Great White North is a rip-off, and the only way to “fix” our dairy supply system is to trade it in for something more akin to a model […] Read more

The Canadian government offered the United States 3.6 percent of the country’s dairy market,which follows similar concessions in trade deals with Europe and the Pacific Rim.  |  Barb Glen photo

Trudeau fails to placate dairy farmers

OTTAWA (Reuters) — Canadian dairy farmers met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week to discuss his politically risky move to open up the protected domestic market to U.S. industry, but complained that he had not given them details about compensation. As part of the talks to complete the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal, […] Read more

An American farmer who has operated dairies on both sides of the 49th parallel says the new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement is good and could have been better.
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U.S. dairy says Canada not big USMCA loser

American farmers argue that the Canadian supply management sector didn’t give up as much as it should have

An American farmer who has operated dairies on both sides of the 49th parallel says the new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement is good and could have been better. “It was better than what we thought we would actually get,” Allan Huttema said about elements of the deal affecting U.S. dairy trade. […] Read more


Supply management could be ready for some further consideration after the trade deals that have recently given up ground to international markets.  |  Michael Raine photo

Canada’s supply managed sectors must now avoid stagnation

Ed White’s series on lessons learned from the financial crisis of 10 years ago will resume next week. Now is the time to face up to the bad math that threatens to throttle the future of the Canadian dairy industry. In the aftermath of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, there is a lot of talk of […] Read more

Dairy Farmers of Canada launched a Twitter campaign against the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland promised compensation.
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Dairy farmers protest trade agreement

Dairy farmers were seething, but grain and meat producers were optimistic Monday after the announcement a North American trade deal had finally been reached. Dairy Farmers of Canada launched a Twitter campaign against the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland promised compensation. “A handful of […] Read more


Not only are they satisfied that Canadian dairy, eggs and poultry prices were higher than those in the U.S. in 2015, they believe they have shown they still are higher today.
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Research teams disagree on cost of supply management

The United States and Canada forged a last-gasp deal on Sunday to salvage a three-country, $1.2 trillion open-trade zone agreement with Mexico that had been about to collapse after nearly a quarter century. 


Not only are they satisfied that Canadian dairy, eggs and poultry prices were higher than those in the U.S. in 2015, they believe they have shown they still are higher today. That’s the bottom-line response from a team of analysts from the University of Manitoba to criticism from a team of Laval university professors to […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking about the new

Trump cites ‘historic’ trade pact with Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday took credit for salvaging a trilateral free trade accord with Canada and Mexico, marking it as a victory in his campaign to reshape global commerce as financial markets breathed a sigh of relief. The deal, announced on Sunday, is a reworking of the 1994 […] Read more

Under pressure – a WP Special Report

Supply management, particularly Canada’s dairy industry, has come under heavy scrutiny in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Western Producer reporters Barb Glen, Robert Arnason and Ed White look at the American and Canadian systems to see where problems are, where solutions might be found and what would happen if Canada adopted the U.S. […] Read more


Who pays more?

The cost of Canadian supply managed products to the average household has long been an item of interest. 


The Western Producer compared six common food-basket items across the northern tier of the U.S. and Canada, using similar grocery stores, regions and community sizes. In a four-day period last week, we made sure to check regular prices at larger chain grocery stores, rather than using flyer or loss-leader sales. We compared prices for common […] Read more

Vivian Thompson runs a 100-cow dairy herd near Cadott, WI. In a 25 km radius from Cadott, seven dairy farms have sold their cows and gone out of business in the last two months. | Robert Arnason photo

U.S. milk industry sours

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wisconsin — The sky was a deep blue, the air was warm and it was a beautiful morning to be on a dairy farm in western Wisconsin. And then, Mandy Nunes began to cry. Mandy, who runs Scientific Holsteins with her husband Matt, was sharing how her family had milked cows for five […] Read more