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Agriculture Report

US Dairy Groups Slam Canada

By Fadi Didi

Calling on Donald Trump to set his sights on what they call Canada's protectionist dairy practices.


This is likely not good news for dairy farmers in the area.

U.S. dairy groups are calling on president-elect Donald Trump to safeguard American jobs and set his sights on what they call Canada's protectionist dairy practices.

The groups say a planned national Canadian ingredients strategy will block U.S. exports in violation of NAFTA and the World Trade Organization.

They say Ontario milk pricing policies adopted last April are hurting U.S. exports of ultra-filtered milk used to make dairy products.

The Dairy Farmers of Canada say they are watching the situation closely but remain confident that the federal government supports the Canadian dairy sector.


An Alberta farmer and commentator says people who are interested in showing farmers in an unflattering way are everywhere, so farmers have to be open.

John Kolk told a group at the Southwest Ag Conference in Ridgetown, Ontario, that rising trends of consumer and animal rights advocacy mean farmers can't assume they have public support.

Kolk says farmers do a good job on those issues, but have to do a better job of talking about them in ways that can be understood by their customers.

He also notes that those using social media often end up only talking to people who already agree with them.


Canada's two largest dairy processors are laying off 346 employees in Atlantic Canada.

Agropur Dairy Co-operative is cutting 62 full-time and 97 part-time workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, effective April 1st.

Saputo is laying off 66 full-time and 121 part-time employees in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Both companies say the workers stocked store shelves with their merchandise, and the change will bring their approach in line with how dairy processors handle orders and deliver their products to grocery stores elsewhere in Canada.


South Korea is in the throes of a bird flu outbreak has asked the United States to ship it shell eggs, marking the first time the Asian country has sought to buy large quantities of fresh U.S. eggs.

The demand is good for a U.S. egg industry that's awash in the product.

South Korea had been one of a few nations that issued a blanket ban on egg and poultry imports during the 2015 outbreak in the U.S.that resulted in the deaths of 49 million turkeys and chickens.

But it seeks help now that it has lost about 26 million chickens _ and a third of its egg-laying hens _ since November.


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