Cuomo urges Trump to address Canadian dairy trade policies

Apr 19, 2017, 01:34
Cuomo urges Trump to address Canadian dairy trade policies

He says resolution on the issue is needed quickly and well before NAFTA re-negotiations take place. As a result of Canada's new national pricing policy, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable economic hardship and possibly force them to go out of business. Scheibe says that type of response doesn't solve anything. The pricing agreement was a response to growing US exports of milk proteins to Canada that missed Canada's high tariffs. "Taking on even one farm helps", stated Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel.

"Time and again Canada has demonstrated its disregard of its dairy commitments to the United States - hampering America's exports to Canada - while pursuing ways to use its government-controlled system to unfairly dump greater Canadian exports in global markets". "It's your own responsibility, as a country, to manage your production", a spokesperson for Dairy Farmers of Canada told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel last week.

Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wis.) sent a letter to the administration saying the trade barriers are hurting American dairy farmers and processors.

Industry groups in New Zealand, Australia, the European Union, Mexico and the United States complained that the new prices for Canadian milk ingredients under-cut their exports to Canada. Trump promised to work with Wisconsin's congressional delegation to get a solution after the governors of Wisconsin and NY urged him to take action. "He is defending his domestic dairy industry", said Jacques Lefebvre, CEO of Dairy Processors Association of Canada. "That demands really immediately fair trade, with all of our trading partners, and that includes Canada".

Steel is expected to play a key role in any joint infrastructure projects between Canada and the USA, something Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to co-operate on during their White House meeting in February.

The National Milk Producers Federation says the incomes of dairy farmers around the country depend heavily on the country's export to Mexico.

"We're going to make some very big changes", he said.