Food and Farm-Milk Dispute story

Cheryl Sanders
April 24, 2017

USA officials say it is already impacting companies and farms in Wisconsin and NY - the country's second and third largest milk producing states, respectively - that rely on trade with Canada for significant revenue.

There were allegations from Governors of Wisconsin and NY stating that the trade practices of Canada are responsible for the financial crisis faced by the farmers in the US.

"The facts do not bear this out".

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers, is a disgrace".

The Canadian government has defended its pricing program and attributed the losses reported by US producers to global overproduction.

Trump's threat to do away with or amend NAFTA could adversely affect the economy of Canada, whose largest trading partner is the U.S.

Trump made similar remarks in Wisconsin on Tuesday, calling the dairy trade relationship between the United States and Canada "very, very unfair".


"That milk is already going to go into another system, which forces that system to be oversupplied, so then their price drops even more yet", Von Ruden said.

Canada exported about $113 million worth of milk to the US past year but imported $557 million, meaning a dairy dispute would hurt the USA more than Canada. He said Thursday that steel is critical to the U.S.

The U.S. dairy lobby has accused Canada of "systemic disregard" of its trade obligations, while the Canadian industry accused its American rival of "scapegoating".

Dozens of the state's dairy farms face being dropped by their milk buyer after new Canadian pricing put a dent in U.S. milk protein exports.

Despite Trump's promises to find a "solution" to the dispute, Stephenson said dairy farmers aren't holding their breath.

Canadian dairy producers recently chose to collectively lower their prices in order to compete with cheaper, American imports.

The NIS proposes adding a tariff to American dairy products, to benefit domestic producers in Canada.


The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which has previously denounced the complaints as "falsehoods and half-truths", said Tuesday it was confident the federal government would continue to defend the dairy industry. And on dairy, we are very comfortable with our position. "Let's not pretend we're in a global free market when it comes to agriculture".

He also said the anti-trade movement is bigger than one single country.

"It is important that we work together to grow the middle class, and not lay blame where it does not belong", MacNaughton writers. "We're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly".

Dairy industry leaders in Australia and New Zealand said they would support any move by the United States to draw the World Trade Organisation into the trade dispute.

The work would start immediately, he added. He warned that our neighbor to the north shouldn't get too comfortable, because its domestic milk subsidies are "not going to be happening for long".

"I'm getting more nervous because the plants are all full and they say they have nowhere for the milk to go", she said.

President Donald Trump has shifted his sharpest economic criticism away from the southern USA border and toward the neighbor to the north.


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