By Fadi Didi
Dairy Farmers of Ontario says trade deal will herald a brighter future for industry.
The Dairy Farmers of Ontario board member representing Huron and Perth Counties is optimistic the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will herald a brighter future for our dairy industry.
Henry Wydeven tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that many of the improvements likely won't be seen immediately or in the short term, but milk producers and processors will see positive benefits.
Wydeven says while the deal is mostly good news, he is mildly concerned about foreign access to 3.25 per-cent of the milk produced in Canada each year.
That represents around 250-million litres for the whole country.
Even with that, he believes the nation's dairy industry will still be in good shape if border protection is strengthened.
Wydeven praises the federal government's ongoing commitment to dairy producers and processors in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
He notes that support from Ottawa dates back to the North American Free Trade Agreement that was passed in the 1990s.
Wydeven points to several "safety net" aspects of the TPP deal that would protect dairy producers and processors in challenging economic times.
He mentions that processors would be in line for compensation to help drive their businesses, and that there are considerations for producers including quota prices and income protection.
The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Trade agreement was announced on Monday.
This is Ontario Agriculture Week.
A number of events are being held across the province to promote farmers who grow, raise and produce food locally.
The Grey County Economic Development and Grey Agricultural Services have joined forces in a media campaign to promote 10 different farms.
They include Beaver Valley Cidery, the Annanvale Farm, Georgian Bay Honey and Bighead Hops.
The list of farms also includes Saugeen Country Dairy, T and K Ferri Orchards, Jaclin Boer Goats, Lewis Land and Stock, Cedar Crest Trout and Green Being CSA.