Nova Scotia dairy farmer 'udderly' upset with Donald Trump's trade comments
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 16:01
"I was in Wisconsin the other day, and I want to end and add by saying that Canada what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace".
Members of Congress from Wisconsin and NY contend Canada is violating trade agreements, and they plan to raise the issue with President Donald Trump.
"Dairy is a very small part of the total trade with Canada, there's an terrible lot more that happens even within agriculture than just dairy", said Mark Stephenson, director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Trump on Thursday included the lumber, timber and energy sectors in a list of what he said were problematic areas of trade with Canada, but did not give details.
Mr. Trump defended Wisconsin's dairy farms by suggesting that Canada was "unfairly" committed to them.
Ben Loewith, a third-generation dairy farmer, says that America's real problem is that they're making too much milk and have no where to put it.
David MacNaughton says despite some US rhetoric - and his own rebuttal released Tuesday - he still expects there will be "constructive discussions" between the two countries because so many jobs on both sides of the border depend on trade.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is anxious about Trump's protectionist talk and has sent his ministers to the U.S.to talk about the importance of Canada's trade relationship with the U.S.
"The U.S. has a $400 million dairy surplus with Canada so it's not Canada that's the challenge here", Trudeau said Thursday, adding many other countries subsidizes agriculture.
Why? Because the United States has a positive balance of USA $ 8 billion in trade in goods and services between the two countries.
"We're going to make some very big changes", he said.
Canada changed its policy on pricing domestic milk to cover more dairy ingredients, and the change that took effect in February led to lower prices for Canadian products including ultra-filtered milk that compete with the USA product. "Like their USA counterparts, Canadian farmers are trying to adapt".
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.
Ambassador David MacNaughton said dairy farmers in both the US and Canada are affected by global supply issues affecting the industry.
Canada is not the problem for US dairy producers and will stick with its system of protectionist dairy quotas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.
"Processors still have the choice to purchase wherever, but buy Canadian milk because we have a more competitive price", she said.
"Canada doesn't accept the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States", wrote ambassador David MacNaughton.
The U.S. dairy industry views that Canadian milk pricing scheme to be an unfair trade practice - one that this week caught Trump's attention.