Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle is the Executive Director of Dairy Farmers of Canada, the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s dairy farmers.

Entries by Richard Doyle

What Level of Spending Will the Canadian Market Bear?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:59 PM

The C.D. Howe Institute is decrying the discrepancy in prices between Canada and the United States and, in the process, making the erroneous claim that tariffs and supply management are to blame.

The data used by the C.D. Howe Institute -- which, it must be noted, is a...

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Reforming Supply Management Amounts to Bad Business Advice

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:22 PM

The recent report from the Conference Board of Canada indicates a disturbing trend of think tanks offering what amounts to bad business advice.

It is not a surprise that the Conference Board calls for the dismantling of Canada's supply management system, and the fallacies and misleading assertions used to support...

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What You Didn't Know About Canadian Farms

(11) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Small businesses are a huge component of the Canadian economy, accounting for 98 per cent of all businesses in the country and employing more than two-thirds of the private sector labour force. During Small Business Week, we recognize the hard-work, dedication and contribution these businesses -- and the...

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The Truth About Food Security in Canada

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Critics of supply management are putting a sharp focus on one aspect of the supply management issue, but are at risk of missing the bigger picture.

It's almost a matter of not seeing the cows for the herd.

The latest round of criticism from the National Post columnist...

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One Size Does Not Fit All in Food Trade

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Another Conference Board of Canada report claims supply management drives up prices and discourages international trade. I found it interesting to see some trade truths being acknowledged, that one-size does not fit all. Here are some more facts:

Farmers are not against trade. Canadians want Canadian food, and coffee of...

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Now, Old MacDonald Has a Robot

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 12:12 PM

What's a family farm? How is technology changing farming today? While farming may evoke the picture of tractors in the field and rubber boots in the barn, the truth is that dairy farming is serious business and the investment and advancement in technology has made farms more efficient and sustainable.

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Dairy Farmers: The Original Environmentalists

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 12:51 PM

In any industry, sustainability is important.

On the fiscal side of business, sustainability is vital to ensuring long-term success. On Canadian dairy farms, sustainability helps us provide the safe and quality milk and milk products that our consumers expect. It has also helped farmers continuously improve our livestock's overall...

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How Should Farm Performance Be Measured?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Studies, like the recent one by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, that attempt to undermine the value of supply management to Canadian agriculture must be examined carefully.

These studies compare Canada to other nations and often state that we are lagging behind. In the case of the...

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Real Ice Cream: Accept No Substitutes

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Ice cream is my ultimate dessert. On a hot summer night, there is nothing better than digging into a bowl of real ice cream; drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkled with fresh blueberries, it has few equals among post-dinner treats.

There are many excellent brands of ice cream, but my...

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And the Winner Is....Canadian Cheese

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 5:19 PM

The 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix took place in Montreal this past week, drawing the best of the best in Canadian cheese.

The Ricotta made by Quality Cheese Inc., in Vaughan, Ontario made history as the first fresh cheese and the first cheese from Ontario to be honoured as a...

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Worldwide, Dairy Farmers Are Crying Over Spilled Milk

(20) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:03 PM

As Canada continues to pursue international trade agreements, it puts more attention on domestic industries and how they are performing.

As it relates to the dairy industry, this inevitably leads to a discussion about supply management and the situation here at home. But it is worthwhile to take a...

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Another Look at Supply Management

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Canada's aggressive trade agenda has spawned much political, public and media discussion about the supply management system in place for certain agricultural sectors, including dairy.

The C.D. Howe Institute recently added its voice to the chorus with a commentary on reforming supply management, as did the George Morris...

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