Dairy farmers worry about trade to Mexico
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:35
"Because in Canada some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others". Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Pinchuk.
Dairy farmers in the USA complain it's a new tariff that closes the Canadian market to them.
Trump on Tuesday responded to appeals for help from the dairy industry during an event in Wisconsin, where he also renewed his complaints about the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It is also a state that is feeling the effects of Canada's decision to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese.
Trade groups for USA dairy farmers have complained that a policy rolled out in Canada recently violates the trade agreement by creating incentives for Canadian processors to use local supplies.
New York's senators are pushing to change a Canadian trade policy they say is hurting dairy farmers.
Trump promises to work with Wisconsin's congressional delegation to get a solution.
Andrew Cuomo sent Trump the letter on Tuesday.
The dairy dispute comes at a sensitive time for U.S.
The order Trump signed at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of tool maker Snap-on Inc. targets the H-1B visa program.
White House officials say Trump's order looks at lifting exemptions that allow foreign companies to bid on projects in the USA, something Canada now enjoys under NAFTA. The Ottawa-based Dairy Farmers of Canada, which represents 12,000 farms, is confident the Canadian government will "defend and protect" its dairy industry and the economy, a spokeswoman said by phone.
"I strongly encourage other dairy processors to consider how they can be part of the solution", Brancel said.
Standing up for dairy farmers in Wisconsin "demands fair trade with all of our trading partners", Trump said, "and that includes Canada".
Senior finance officials who briefed reporters on the meetings suggest the order would run counter to protections Canada has secured through NAFTA.
Canada's dairy farmers agreed previous year to sell milk ingredients used for cheese-making to Canadian processors, who include Saputo Inc and Parmalat Canada Inc at prices competitive with worldwide rates.