Canadian dairy farmers being 'very unfair' to U.S. counterparts, Trump rails
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 0:27
"In Canada, some very unfair things have happened with our dairy farms", Trump said during a speech at the headquarters of Wisconsin-based tool manufacturer, Snap-on.
President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market for their product.
Cuomo and Walker wrote that roughly 70 NY dairy farmers and millions of dollars in sales have been impacted by new Canadian regulations that target imports of ultra-filtered milk, which is used to make cheese and yogurt. South Dakota Dairy Producers Association Executive Director Roger Scheibe says they share the same concern about Canada's milk pricing scheme and are hoping the administration takes action.
The governors say Canada's actions could cost the US economy hundreds of millions of dollars.
About 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and NY are affected.
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. The White House says the program undercuts American workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper foreign workers, which drives down USA wages. -Canada trade relations. While Trump, who was elected with the help of strong rural support, had tempered some his rhetoric on trade in recent weeks, on Tuesday he called Nafta a "complete and total disaster" for the U.S. He suggested it has stalled his attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.
Trump vowed trade reform with Mexico and Canada, promising to make big changes to NAFTA or get rid of it altogether.
The Montreal Economic Institute recommends limiting protectionism in both industries to help consumers, spur economic productivity, and ultimately create more successful businesses in both countries.
The current system limits the amount of dairy and poultry Canada can import before a tariff kicks in.