Dairy Farmers of Canada comments on farmgate price increase

Statement Ottawa

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) today offered the following statement regarding the advance price adjustment in the farmgate price of milk announced today by the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC)

The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) today announced a 2.5% increase in the farm-gate prices for milk, to be implemented on September 1, 2022.

Like all Canadians, dairy farmers are concerned with the sharp rise in inflation of late. However, as we have noted previously, dairy farmers are not the cause of the unprecedented global economic turmoil plaguing all sectors of the economy, but have to adjust to the conditions like everyone else. In less than a year (Jul. 2021 to Mar. 2022), costs have risen dramatically for fertilizer (+44%), fuel (+32%) and animal feed (+8%), just to name a few. The upward pressure on costs is expected to continue.

Today’s announcement serves as recognition from the CDC that farmers have been under pressure as a result of those input costs. 

The past few years have demonstrated how vulnerable our food systems are to issues like the pandemic, global supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, and extreme weather events.

Now more than ever, Canadians understand the importance of producing more of our food right here within our borders. Given the role dairy plays in meeting the need for nutritious, domestically produced food, not to mention the jobs and investment that are supported by our sector, we need to keep dairy farming from becoming a losing proposition.

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About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dairy Farmers of Canada is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canadian dairy producers. DFC strives to create stable conditions for the dairy sector in our country. It also seeks to maintain policies that promote the sustainability of Canadian dairy production and promote dairy products and their health benefits. Dairy farmers have set a goal of net-zero emissions from farm-level dairy production by 2050.

Media Contact

Lucie Boileau, Director of Communications,
Dairy Farmers of Canada
[email protected] / 613-220-1724