Dairy Farmers of Canada highlighted challenges the group is facing during its annual meeting this week. Dairy farmers from across Canada gathered in Quebec as the annual meeting focused on international trade with the industry is facing pressure from the United States through the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation.
Highlighting that the Canadian dairy industry is facing new challenges, including international trade and the questioning of the nutritious value of dairy products. Leadership of the group says: “There is a compelling case for us, as dairy farmers, but also for the whole sector, to speak with one voice.”
Industry leaders warn “Canadian dairy is in the sights of the U.S. government in NAFTA renegotiations,” adding “we now need to be vigilant.”
The U.S. wants Canada to make changes to its dairy supply management system through the NAFTA renegotiation, however Canada has maintained that it will not do so.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.