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Friday, October 5, 2018

Bruce County Farmer Reacts To USMCA Trade Deal

Teeswater | by Travis Jackson  

Josh Ireland of Albadon Farms Limited in Teeswater says that the deal will negatively affect income on farms in Bruce County.

A local farmer is saying that ''the outlook is not as good as it once was for Ontario Dairy Farmers.''

The recently announced USMCA trade deal will allow tens of thousands of tonnes of U.S. dairy products on Canadian store shelves, at the expense of shelf space currently given to Canadian-made items.

Josh Ireland of Albadon Farms Limited in Teeswater says that the deal will negatively affect income on farms in Bruce County. 

There's a series of Dairy Farmers of Ontario meetings that take place throughout the year, and Ireland says he was speaking with about 50 other farmers in Guelph earlier this week.

Ireland said there was a lot of concern and uncertainty about the future of the dairy industry in Canada.

He says that ''no matter what way you look at it, this new trade deal is no good for Ontario dairy farmers.''

Ireland says that while day-to-day operations won't noticeably change, the new deal will make it a bit harder to keep putting food on the table.

The federal government has said they will compensate affected operations, but Ireland would prefer to keep the market.

Ireland tells us that many farmers are ''in it for the long haul'' when asked if he thinks this new deal and future potential deals would discourage young farmers from entering the business. He does say though that if there's no money to be made, then eventually nobody will want to farm.

Dairy Farmers of Canada estimates that 220,000 Canadian families rely directly on the dairy industry for their livelihoods.
 

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