A guide by Marie Champagne and Maxime Laflamme
Suzanne, Marie-Pierre and Daniel are three farmer-processors who work tirelessly and who energize our Quebec countryside thanks to their hard work in the dairy industry. The new free trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States, which had been at an impasse for 13 months, has just been signed and now dairy producers are disappointed and wondering about the situation.
The agreement provides for an opening of 3.59 % of the Canadian milk and dairy products market to Americans as well as the elimination of class 7 on diafiltered milk, which allows Canada to lower its prices on this product to promote producers here.
Dairy Farmers of Canada President Pierre Lampron said the deal will have a huge impact not just for dairy farmers, but for the entire sector.
The president of the association, Bruno Letendre, affirms that the new agreement foresees a concession of 3.59 %, which represents, according to him, 13 days less in production for its members.
The federal government plans to compensate farmers who will be affected. A source said there will be consultations to determine how much will be offered to them.