QUEBEC, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group (www.desjardins.com) and Solutions affaires experts-conseils are joining forces to welcome
European Dairy Farmers (EDF), Europe's largest network of dairy
farmers, during Europe-America Days, an event being held today and
tomorrow in Quebec.
Concerned about the globalization of the dairy industry, EDF endeavours
to help dairy farmers learn how competitive their farms are compared to
other farms in their own countries, the rest of Europe, and now North
America. The arrival of its president, Jean-François Verdenal, to
Quebec is a first step toward a unique cooperative effort that will
benefit all farmers in Quebec, Canada, and elsewhere.
Founded in 1990, European Dairy Farmers (EDF) is one of the world's
largest networks of dairy farmers. It promotes farmer-to-farmer
exchanges of experience and knowledge. It brings together over 300
farmers and some 50 advisors from 17 countries.
As an agricultural market leader in Quebec, Desjardins is concerned
about the long-term viability of all agri-food businesses and is proud
to be associated with this event. "Our vision of cooperative business
also means helping businesses navigate the ups and downs of the
economy," asserts Alain Gagnon, vice-president, Agricultural and
Agri-Food Sectors. "This event will give dairy farmers an opportunity
to network and share winning practices with one another."
Joëlle Noreau, senior economist at Desjardins, will use the opportunity
to paint an economic picture of various international trends and
outline industry growth prospects for 2012. "It's true that not
everything can play out in the first few months of the year. However,
given global economic prospects, energy and farm commodity price
increases will remain contained," Ms. Noreau will explain.
Through its mission of providing creative solutions to help Quebec
farmers become effective, cutting-edge businesspeople, Solutions
affaires experts-conseils is proud to welcome a new partner and ally in
the search for excellence and achievement. "Our motivation is to work
with people who are open and ready for change," affirms founder and CEO
Robert Savage. "People who aren't afraid to compare themselves to the
best and challenge themselves. People who are forward thinking."
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group www.desjardins.com is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets of
nearly $190 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in
Quebec and Ontario, and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a
full range of financial products and services to its 5.8 million
members and clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and
Life and Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in
Personal Services, in Business and Institutional Services. As one of
the largest employers in the country and among Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2012TM, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 43,600 employees and the
commitment of nearly 6,000 elected officers. A new education and
cooperation program is now available to Desjardins members and the
general public. For more information, visit www.desjardins.com/co-opme.
About Solutions affaires experts-conseils
Since its creation in 2001, Solutions affaires experts-conseils has been
committed to supporting Quebec agricultural entrepreneurship by
facilitating international exchanges and partnerships. These
connections help local farmers discover ideas, plan for the future, and
develop their entrepreneurial skills and business visions.
SOURCE DESJARDINS GROUP
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Anne Le Mat, Agr., MBA
Solutions affaires experts-conseil Inc.