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Canadians sent a loud and clear message to their politicians in a nationwide poll conducted on behalf of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC): Protect our enforced food safety standards and our Canadian dairy industry while you are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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If we regulate “industries” but trust “professions” to regulate themselves, could dairy production become a profession? Some recent developments around farm-animal welfare make me think it can and should.

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I support supply management. Period. As a member of a Canadian dairy farming family, proudly producing top-quality milk for my fellow citizens, I know supply management’s demise would mean the end of the dairy life I know and love.  Recent articles from various news outlets as well as a newly released study have brought these feelings to the foreground once again.

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Dairy producers in Manitoba now have a public exchange to buy and sell underproduction credits. The quota credit exchange opened in December and allows dairy farmers the opportunity to buy or sell a portion of their total daily quota.

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I created a list of the top five economic drivers to watch at the beginning of the year. It is now time to look back at the last six months to understand how the business environment evolved, keeping an eye on what the next six months may bring.

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Since 2000, Canadian farm debt has more than doubled to $84.42 billion in 2014. With rising farmland prices and wild swings in the prices of both inputs and outputs, a number of recent media pieces have raised questions on the farm sector’s ability to meet their debt obligations and their sensitivity to changing market conditions.

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