Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Donald Trump Takes Aim at Canada's 'Unfair' Dairy Industry

Bill Morneau Bill Morneau is seen during a tour of the Vector Institute at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto in
Melissa Porter | 19 April, 2017, 00:24

About 15 percent of dairy production in the United States is exported with one-third valued at $1.2 billion going to Mexico in the form of milk powder, cheese and whey protein, according to the National Milk Producers Federation, which says trade with Mexico is its top priority. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball relayed the same message in a letter to his counterpart in Ontario and at the Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Canada. -Mexican border, trade is on the minds of dairy farmers in Vermont.

Grassland Dairy Products Inc.in Greenwood, Wisconsin, said it has lost Canadian business valued at as much as $100 million annually in the last week, and notified dozens of farmers that it can't take milk deliveries beyond the end of April.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S.

"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. Peter Welch last week.

The work would start immediately, Trump said.

"If these multi-generational farm families can not find another market for their milk, they will be forced to sell their cows and go out of business", New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball wrote in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week.

White House officials say Trump's order looks at lifting exemptions that allow foreign companies to bid on projects in the US, something Canada now enjoys under NAFTA.

Some hope that President Donald Trump will renegotiate NAFTA, a promise he ran on during the 2016 campaign. The governors said they wanted Canada to "honor their worldwide commitments under NAFTA and other trade agreements".