Prince Edward Island hosted dairy farmer delegates from across the country at the Dairy Farmers of Canada's annual general meeting on July 12th and 13th.
Farmers participated in a series of dairy industry discussions and conference sessions, and reinforced their commitment to strengthen and grow Canada's dairy industry for the next generation of dairy farmers and Canadians.
President Wally Smith took the opportunity to contrast Canada's supply managed system with what is going on in the rest of the global dairy sector. "Supply management is a good agricultural policy. Everywhere else around the world, deregulation hasn't delivered; the countries that are coping the best have strong domestic markets," said Mr. Smith. On the other hand, "The Canadian system remains strong, the sector is growing, and the future is promising," added Mr. Smith.
"We believe in our system, consumers believe in our system, and we are committed to strengthening the dairy industry for future generations, because Canadian milk matters," he concluded.
The two-day event also included opportunities for dairy farmers to network with other farmers and industry partners.