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Dairy protection sought ahead of NAFTA talks

CNS Canada — The head of Canada’s dairy industry group highlighted the role of Canadian dairy producers in the domestic market, as the potential for trade agreement renegotiations loom. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier in the year he was considering pulling the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but later shifted […] Read more



Dairy sector still working toward ingredients strategy

The Canadian dairy industry has missed a self-imposed deadline for the Feb. 1 implementation of a national ingredients strategy — but work continues toward that implementation. The strategy is meant to create a lower-priced class of milk, Class 7, to encourage the use of skim milk powder in further-processed ingredients. Ontario has already independently implemented […] Read more




Former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and former prime minister Stephen Harper were all smiles after signing multibillion-dollar trade deal in Brussels in October 2013. But its potential impact is still being gauged.

CETA a household word on Canadian farms, in Europe not so much

Trade deal is a ‘non-story’ on the other side of 
the Atlantic

The man on the other end of the phone is confused. “I have not heard of this before,” Marek Nowak says slowly. “I am of no help for this.” He’s been asked about the impact the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement — commonly called CETA — might have on Polish dairy farmers such as himself. […] Read more


Dairy farmers worry Trans-Pacific trade deal could hurt

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s powerful dairy industry on Friday expressed concern it could suffer if talks to create a Pacific trade treaty open up heavily protected Canadian markets to more foreign competition. Some of the 12 nations taking part in negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) want Canada to start dismantling a system known […] Read more

Olga Payne, plant manager at Tiras Dairies, stands near a vat of cheese. The Camrose company has recently won several awards for its cheeses.

Feta puts small Alberta company on the artisanal cheese map

Tiras Dairies brings home a win in the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix

The staff at Tiras Dairies in Camrose has a reason to celebrate. The small plant, which has just eight staff, now ranks up there with the top cheese makers in the country. Plant manager Olga Payne attended the national gala in Toronto last month and came home with the top prize in the brine-ripened category […] Read more


New program for dairy producers aims to reassure consumers

ProAction replaces the Canadian Quality Milk program by adding 
components for animal care and environmental sustainability

Dairy producers are revamping the Canadian Quality Milk program by adding protocols for animal care, on-farm food safety, traceability, biosecurity, and environmental sustainability. The new national accreditation program, called ProAction, was designed with consumers in mind, said Mike Slomp, industry and member services manager with Alberta Milk. “ProAction is about the social licence to operate, […] Read more

Canadian Forage and Grassland Association short of funds, and a manager

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) set up five years ago to help Canada’s struggling forage and grassland industry is struggling itself, but vows to carry on despite a shortage of funds and the resignation of its executive director, Ron Pidskalny. “Nobody is saying we’re going to have to shut it down,” CFGA chair […] Read more