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Agriculture Report

Search for New Dairy Director

By Fadi Didi

The search is on for the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s next executive director.


The search is on for the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s next executive director.

Caroline Emond is stepping down as of July 4.

Since joining the organization in January 2015, Emond played a part in many DFC initiatives including leading producers to a new agreement in principle with processors, and minimizing the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Canadian dairy farmers.

With NAFTA renegotiations scheduled to begin in August, the organization believes its members can represent the Canadian dairy industry well, even if a new executive director isn’t named by the times negotiations begin.

Officials say the next executive director of DFC may have to defend Canada’s dairy industry  through continuing accusations of protectionism.


For the first time ever, Canadian canola acres have surpassed total wheat acreage across the country.

Statistics Canada says Canadian farmers have seeded close to 22.8-million acres of canola in 2017, up 12 per cent from last year.

The increase corresponds with a decrease in wheat acreage, which fell for the fourth consecutive year down to just 22.4-million acres.

The wheat decrease was likely due to a 16 per cent drop in area seeded to durum wheat, which fell to just over 5-million acres, with areas seeded to spring wheat rising to 15.8-million acres.


Manitoba Pork says there have been over 40 new on-farm cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus confirmed in southeast Manitoba since the start of May.

General Manager Andrew Dickson says those numbers can be deceiving, however, as they have been moving infected pigs to other locations which are then counted as a new infected site.

He notes its extremely important to keep the disease contained to the southeast region of the province.

Dickson says if they can get two or three weeks of no new cases, it will be a good start to winning the battle.


A southern Ontario man says he plans to keep using live sheep in his floats, despite receiving numerous complaints following two parades on Canada Day.

Dave Szusz has for 11 years has entered floats in local parades.

But after he participated in two Canada Day parades this year, DJ and animal rights activist Dan MacDonald posted on Facebook that the treatment of the sheep was depressing, which prompted a flood of emails and calls to Szusz.

MacDonald says he was concerned the float was too hot and too loud for the sheep and he doesn't think animals should be used as entertainment.

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