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Trudeau optimistic on NAFTA as deal on autos seen possible

Ottawa | Reuters — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday for the first time that a deal to renegotiate NAFTA was likely, amid signs negotiators may be closer to settling one of the regional trade pact’s most contentious issues. “We remain very confident that a win-win-win deal is not only possible, but likely,” Trudeau […] Read more

Agropur to take control of Iogo, Olympic yogurt maker

Ultima Foods, the Canadian maker of Iogo and Olympic yogurt products, is set to become the sole property of Quebec dairy producers’ co-op Agropur. Agropur and Agrifoods International Co-operative, which combined their yogurt manufacturing and marketing operations in 1993 to form Ultima as a 50-50 joint venture, announced a deal Thursday which will see Agropur […] Read more


Dairy seminar seeking award candidates

Nominations must be received before Sept. 1

The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar is seeking nominations for the John J. Kennelly Award of Merit. The award, inspired by the contributions of Dr. John Kennelly to the seminar, is given to an individual who has made a superior contribution in the areas of education, training, technology transfer, and extension to the Western Canadian dairy […] Read more

Producers wanted for study on animal welfare

Participants are needed for a study on producer perceptions of animal welfare. The research project will examine the practices and perceptions of farm animal welfare among livestock producers, feedlot owners, and beef processors in both the beef and dairy industries of Alberta. It is being conducted in the context of the short-lived move by Earls […] Read more


Restaurants call foul as dairy farmers get a second pay hike this year

World dairy prices are crashing but Alberta Milk chair says the 
latest increase is modest and won’t hurt restaurant chains

Even though world dairy prices are at historic lows, Canadian dairy farmers will be getting a boost of 2.76 per cent for industrial milk — used to make butter, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese — starting Sept. 1. It comes on the heels of a 2.2 per cent price hike in February. “The industrial price […] Read more

Free business analysis program available for dairy producers

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is once again offering the Dairy Cost Study program to Alberta producers. “With changes in today’s environment and economy, there seems to be renewed interest in building business plans, following cost of production and getting adequate returns for that production,” said Pauline Van Biert, a provincial research analyst. “The Dairy Cost […] Read more


Alberta Milk expands dairy program for new entrants

2015 New Entrant Assistance Program highlights

Changes have been made to the New Entrant Assistance Program to offer more help to those who want to start a dairy farm in Alberta. The program reduces some of the costs of starting a dairy farm by loaning dairy production quota to successful applicants. Since the program started in 2011, it has helped establish […] Read more