Canada Announces New Dairy Working Groups
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada this week announced new dairy working groups to address industry concerns. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the new working groups comprised of dairy farmers and processors. Canada says that while informal engagement has already begun with the dairy sector, the working groups bring together officials from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, representatives from national dairy organizations and associations, as well as regional representatives. MacAulay says the working groups will help “make sure the sector remains strong, stable, and competitive well into the future." One of the working groups will focus on helping dairy farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, and discuss support for other trade deals. A separate working group that will chart a path forward to help the dairy sector innovate and remain an important source of jobs and economic growth for future generations. Canada’s government will also engage with provincial and territorial governments on an ongoing basis throughout the process.