Dairy farmers worry about trade to Mexico

Posted April 19, 2017

"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 the solution, not just the answer, OK?"

The governors of Wisconsin and NY sent Trump a letter Tuesday urging him to take action.

"The facts do not bear this out".

U.S dairy farmers already struggling with low milk prices worry President Donald Trump's talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement could harm trade to Mexico, its biggest export market.

The two senators joined U.S. Sen.

Trump levelled the threat during an event at a Wisconsin factory where he unveiled his "Buy American-Hire American" executive order.

Representatives for Canada's trade and agriculture ministers could not be immediately reached.

Canada recently informed major Wisconsin and NY processors that they will no longer have a market for ultra-filtered milk.

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Trump did not specify what parts of Canada's tariff-protected dairy sector he wanted to change, nor what measures he would take to make it happen, but his remarks re-ignited calls for a complaint to the World Trade Organization.

Schumer was in Watertown Friday and had this to say and commented on the problem.

According to the dairy industry publication, cowsmo.com; owner Bill Mullins said the dairies will add about an extra 100,000 pounds per day.

Ben Brancel, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and Richard Ball, commissioner of the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets, urged USDA to help producers by exercising its authority to purchase cheese and butter in storage and distribute it through USDA's nutritional aid programs, including food banks and the national school feeding programs. House Speaker Paul Ryan was unable to attend because he's leading a congressional delegation on an overseas trip this week. "Now changes in Canada's pricing structure have slammed the door on dairy trade with the United States".

Last year, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul shared the state's concerns with Canadian officials during a visit to Canada.

In this March 5, 2009, file photo, an Hispanic man works at a dairy farm in Fairfield, Vt.

Morneau and USA counterpart Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be in Washington on Thursday for meetings that will include central bank governors and officials from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.