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Trump takes direct aim at Canadian dairy

19 April 2017
Trump takes direct aim at Canadian dairy

"Canadian dairy pricing policies are upending long-standing trade relationships with American dairy companies and have resulted in the sudden loss of major contracts for companies in both of our states", the three wrote in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young.

President Donald Trump dove straight into a trade fight with Canada, promising US dairy farmers his administration would intervene to restore exports of American milk. -Mexican border, trade is on the minds of dairy farmers in Vermont.

"We're also going to stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin", the president said to much applause.

"Mexico is our biggest destination for dairy and it's not only dairy", said Fairfield farmer Harold Howrigan Jr., of the USA trade partnership with Mexico.

Howrigan is the board president of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery. Peter Welch last week. They traveled recently to Mexico City with the U.S. Daily Export Council to reinforce its commitment to the country.

The work would start immediately, Trump said.

Senior finance officials who briefed reporters on the meetings suggest the order would run counter to protections Canada has secured through NAFTA.

"With our growing concern that even more of our milk producers and our processors will be affected, I urge the federal government to call on Canada to reconsider these harmful regulations and continue our courteous, mutually beneficial trade relations", Cuomo said in a statement. Only time will tell.

"Unfortunately, it appears that while USA processors were making multi-million dollar investments to meet the growing cross-border market for ultra-filtered milk, the Canadian dairy industry and government were plotting a trade war against our nation's dairy farmers", the governors wrote.

"We see Mexico as a partner, not necessarily as just a customer", Castaneda said.