Prof Interviewed by TVO about Future of Canadian Dairy Quota System

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Prof. Alfons Weersink

Prof. Alfons Weersink, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, was interviewed on TVO April 28 about Canada’s dairy supply management system. The interview focused on potential impacts on farmers of abolishing Canada’s dairy quota system. The system imposes tariffs on dairy imports, permits Canadian farmers to produce a certain amount of milk each year and guarantees them a set income. Weersink said that, without the quota, Canadian farmers could likely compete long-term with foreign competitors, but many farmers would initially face a big challenge. He studies agricultural policy, government decisions and farmers, and farm structure.