Two professors from U of G’s Department of Food Agricultural and Resource Economics department made national headlines this week. Profs. Al Weersink and Mike von Massow were featured in separate Canadian Press reports about the country’s supply management system in relation to current NAFTA talks.
Weersink discussed how Canada’s system sets prices, protects farmers from competition, and creates stability for dairy, egg, chicken and turkey producers. That article was picked up by the Toronto Star and CBC news, among others. Weersink studies agri-environmental policy, farm structure and production economics.
In a second article, von Massow talked about Canada’s dairy system compared to the United States. Evidence of U.S. subsidies exists, von Massow says, but it is unclear how much the U.S. is spending. The Financial Post, Ottawa Citizen and CTV news, among others, picked up the story. At U of G, von Massow researches supply chain management and sustainability.