U of G Prof Suggests ‘Tweaks’ To Dairy Supply Management

A University of Guelph professor argues there is a way to make Canada a global player in agricultural trade while maintaining supply management.

Professor Sylvain Charlebois says eliminating quotas and tariffs would make many of our strategic agricultural sectors much more vulnerable.

So he’s got some suggestions for the dairy sector, for one.

Doctor Charlebois says instead of looking at costing averages for the entire industry in it’s pricing formula, the Canadian Dairy Commission ought to only look at the top 25 per cent best performing operations.

He argues that would encourage less efficient farms to aspire to be at the top of their game.

The professor also suggests creating a second category of production quotas to capitalize on global markets.

He thinks that would allow the Canadian dairy industry to grow further.

Doctor Sylvain Charlebois is Associate Dean at the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph.

His comments were included in a column published by Troy Media.