Three trade deals later and Canadian farmers are looking to the federal government for promised compensation.  |  Mike Raine photo

Dairy farmers want compensation action

Canada’s dairy farmers are calling on the federal government to make good on its promise to compensate producers after giving up market share of the supply-managed industry to more foreign competitors. The Liberal government has told Dairy Farmers of Canada compensation is coming as a result of three major trade deals: the Comprehensive Economic and […] Read more

Don’t take farming and food for granted says U of C report

Canadians and Canada’s governments shouldn’t take farming and food for granted. That’s the bottom line of a June 9 report from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. “Food security in Canada is not something to be taken for granted and government policy action must reflect the essential service agriculture provides for our nation,” […] Read more

As slaughter plants in Canada and the United States reduce line speeds, shifts or effect temporary closures to deal with COVID-19 concerns, analysts say supplies are likely to be affected. | File photo

Will the wild changes in the grocery, food and farming systems survive the pandemic?

What will create lasting changes and what is transitory?

The food, farming and grocery sectors have been shocked by the coronavirus crisis. Packing plants have been temporarily shuttered, creating crises on hog farms and cattle feedlots that can’t move animals they have no space for. Food products that everybody has taken for granted for decades, such as flour and yeast, have become suddenly scarce, […] Read more


Rick Peterson, president of Peterson Capital in Edmonton, who also ran in the last leadership contest, issued a statement Feb. 28 saying there is “nothing Conservative about supply management.”
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Supply management enters campaign

The final slate of hopefuls hasn’t been determined but one contender for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership has already announced he would dismantle supply management. Rick Peterson, president of Peterson Capital in Edmonton, who also ran in the last leadership contest, issued a statement Feb. 28 saying there is “nothing Conservative about supply management.” […] Read more

The commitment was made during a speech at the Dairy Farmers of Canada annual policy conference held in Ottawa Feb. 4-6.
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Feds new dairy compensation vow

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau again committed to offering compensation to dairy farmers as a result of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The commitment was made during a speech at the Dairy Farmers of Canada annual policy conference held in Ottawa Feb. 4-6. Telling the audience that supply management is a “social contract” that needs protecting, […] Read more


Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country's nearly 11,000 dairy farmers. | File photo

Feds to compensate dairy sector

The federal government has announced it will make $1.75 billion available to Canada’s dairy farmers, compensating producers for losses in domestic market access due to new trade agreements. Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly 11,000 […] Read more

The proposed funding would compensate supply managed farmers for increased imports negotiated in recent trade agreements. Here, dairy farmer Henry Holtmann milks cattle on his farm near Rosser, Man., last fall.  |  REUTERS/Rod Nickel photo

Compensation kept for supply management

Federal budget promises $3.9 billion to dairy, egg and poultry farmers, down from $4.3 billion previous government offered

The federal Liberals appear to have picked up where the previous Conservative government left off when it comes to compensating supply managed farmers for trade agreements. The March 19 federal budget promised $3.9 billion to dairy, egg and poultry farmers, four years after the Stephen Harper government offered $4.3 billion. Details on how the money […] Read more

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