Trump says he 'will not stand' for Canada impacting dairy farmers

The Canfor yard in Grande Prairie

The Canfor yard in Grande Prairie

Grassland had told the farms they would stop buying their milk after a change in Canadian pricing policy effectively boxed out imported milk.

Carrie Mess, a Wisconsin dairy farmer and board member of the Dairy Girl Network, said the Dairy Farmers of America cooperative has made offers to buy milk from several farms. Multi-national grain traders made huge profits dumping subsidized United States corn on Mexico, crushing much of Mexico's farm economy to the point that Mexican Catholic Bishops said that NAFTA was leading to the "cultural death" of their nation.

Consumers, food manufacturers and restaurants pay way too much for dairy products.

President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, imposed sizeable tariffs on all softwood lumber that Canada sells to the US, apparently in retaliation for Canada's decision to close its market to ultra-filtered milk that originates on dairy farms across Wisconsin.

Scott Walker is hopeful President Donald Trump's "aggressive negotiating style" will lead to a positive resolution of a dispute between the us and Canada over the northern country's dairy policies.

Marin Bozic, an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota's department of applied economics in the areas of agricultural policy, commodity marketing and finance, explains new technology in recent years allowed US companies to offer ultrafiltered milk to fill the needs of Canadian processors. He's trying to help US lumber businesses and jobs, but Canadian officials say tariffs would only drive up prices for USA home builders and other buyers of wood.

For the third time in recent years, Canada's dairy industry is a major issue in free trade negotiations.

"Not having this to deal with, and the stress, is going to be huge", Senn said. Luckily, good old New Deal anti-trust and farm protection policy is already on the shelf, ready to be dusted off.

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"When given an even playing field, our famers can produce and sell the highest quality dairy in the world", Tenney said.

Johnson's grandfather settled near La Crescent in 1887, and his father took over the farm in 1935. "I urge the administration to defend our dairy farmers and hold Canada accountable".

The Canadian dairy industry insisted that the policy change is being unfairly scapegoated, blaming the problem instead on a glut in the American dairy supply.

Here, for example, is some sharp language U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer used in his missives to the U.S. agriculture secretary and the U.S. trade ambassador.

"Some years it wouldn't even make headlines", said David Wood, owner of Eildon Tweed Farm in Charlton. The state health department said they can't take a side on legislation, yet they recommend only drinking pasteurized milk.

The congressional letter to President Trump followed a call Tuesday between him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during which dairy exports were among the key topics discussed.

"We have been helped as a dairy industry by NAFTA access to Mexico", he said. Therefore, we hope Trump proceeds carefully, in close consultation with others in the USA federal and state governments. "I think some of the rhetoric early on, that's what shook up the markets initially".

"We can't let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers", Trump concluded.

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