Canadian dairy farmers David Janssens and Cornelis Hertgers spoke to some 70 dairy producers from around the state about the Canadian dairy supply management program during the California Dairy Campaign (CDC) and California Farmers Union (CFU) Joint Annual meeting held Jan. 23 in Hanford, Calif. The Canadian dairy farmers are board members of the British Columbia Milk Marketing Board, a provincial member of the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee.
“Dairy in Canada is a large industry, and because of supply management it has been a stable and successful industry for decades,” explained David Janssens. He added that supply management has had strong support from the Canadian government. “The structure is very effective at creating market stability. Amidst global price fluctuation and a current global depreciated pricing, the Canadian market remains robust,” he said. Canadian dairy farmer Cornelis Hertgers added, “Supply management functions as a mechanism that fosters sustainable market growth.”
“As I and other dairy producers in California are paid milk prices well below production costs, Canadian dairy farmers are paid more than $24 per cwt. It is clear that the Canadian dairy supply management system is working for dairy producers there,” California Farmers Union President Joaquin Contente explained.
California Dairy Campaign and California Farmers Union are proposing a Sustainable Milk Inventory System Act (SMISA) a three-point plan to foster a strong and sustainable dairy system in the United States that includes: supply management; fair milk prices paid to dairy farmers: and effective dairy trade policy.
See the article and PowerPoint in this issue by CDC Board Member Mark McAfee.