Minnesota Dairy Farms Affected by US-Canada Trade Dispute

Posted April 24, 2017

The dairy industry was reeling this week after accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump that the marketing system here is unfair to American producers.

One senior government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity characterized one portion of the visit as a "trade-mission oriented trip on softwood". Some New York producers are also affected. "We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada and we're going to say what happened, and they might give us an answer - but we're going to get a solution, not just the answer". Because of this, it's had a negative impact on several USA dairy producers, including Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Aurelius.

"Canada Wood China is vying for a piece of China's $44-billion hotel industry by promoting low-density, wood-frame hotels to the Chinese hotel industry", the organization's website added.

Canada has also fiercely protected its dairy industry in recent trade deals, from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Ceta, the Canada-European Union deal.

"The United States president's opinions are perfectly legitimate", the Italian leader said through a translator.

Bonnett will be in the US next week, discussing trade issues with farming groups in California, Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin, hoping to relay a message that trade between the two nations, as well as with Mexico, has "actually benefitted" producers in all of these jurisdictions. "So we're going to have to get to the negotiating table with Canada very, very quickly".

President Donald Trump said Thursday that what Canada's protectionist dairy trading policies have done to American farm workers "is a disgrace", according to The New York Times.

"Dairy trade between Canada and the US massively favors the USA, by a ratio of five to one", she said.

Dairy farmers say they are confident that the government has their backs, but are concerned that any potential concessions on dairy in a renegotiated NAFTA could lead to significant job losses. He made the latest remarks while in the process of signing an executive order on United States steel.

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

Trump brought the issue up again on Thursday, saying "rules, regulations, different things have changed" and are putting dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY state.

US dairy groups appealed to Trump for help after Canada recently introduced a new policy that gives the country's producers an incentive to buy domestic supplies of ultra-filtered milk, a concentrated ingredient used to boost protein content in cheese and yogurt. "But we have to be aware of the fact that this push goes against free trade as a catalyst for world growth. that is why we need to work politically, culturally and economically to fight against this trend".

Supply management has long vexed conservatives because it stands in sharp contrast to their belief in free markets, but most refuse to suggest dismantling the system as there is support for it in key constituencies.