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

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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

Supply management works for Canada

The conflicting arguments surrounding Canada’s supply management system are bewildering. It’s either the model for a properly managed food system that is the envy of farmers in other countries or a ruthless Soviet-styled anachronism that is gouging consumers. Canada’s supply management system has its warts, but an analysis of the arguments, including the Western Producer’s […] Read more

While the U.S. still has many small farms like Canada’s, there has been huge growth in large-scale dairy farms in places like Wisconsin and Minnesota, where multi-thousand head dairy farms now produce much of the milk. | File photo

What happens if we end supply management?

What would happen if supply management disappeared and dairy farmers were thrust into a free market? It’s not likely to happen, since even the administration of United States President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be trying to entirely eliminate the system that controls Canadian dairy production and imports. But to understand how much the present […] Read more


A recent survey showed Idaho is home to 496 dairy operations and 577,516 dairy cows. | Barb Glen photo

The word is Class; the number is 7

MERIDIAN, Idaho — One word and one number form the crux of the dairy stumbling block in ongoing negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Class 7, Canada’s recently developed pricing policy for milk protein concentrates, has reduced American milk exports to Canada at a time when U.S. milk prices are low and […] Read more

U.S. dairy producers say growth hormones are used in less than 10 percent of dairies.  |  Barb Glen photo

U.S. dairy farmers respond to Canadians

MERIDIAN, Idaho — There’s robust defence of supply management among Canadian dairy producers and marketing boards. They often compare the system to that of the United States, a supply-and-demand driven system that would likely be the alternative should supply management ever disappear. Among the assertions made by Canadian defenders are these: U.S. dairy producers are […] Read more