Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Minnesota dairy farms affected by US-Canada trade dispute

Cuomo urges Trump to address Canadian dairy trade policies The Latest: Trump vows to solve dairy dispute with Canada
Nellie Chapman | 21 April, 2017, 19:25

"We're not putting up any tariffs; we're not subsidizing ultra-filtered (milk) to be exported to the United States, " said Herman.

MacNaughton says the facts don't bear out that Canada's policies are the cause of financial loss for US dairy farmers.

Trump also signalled he wants to do more than simply tweak NAFTA, saying he's looking for "very big changes" to the trilateral pact that includes Mexico - or else he will scrap it once and for all.

Trump went on to suggest similar things are happening along the "northern border states with Canada, having to do with lumber and timber".

"We're not going to overreact", Trudeau said of the criticism by Mr. Trump, in the Bloomberg interview.

Members of Congress from Wisconsin and NY contend Canada is violating trade agreements, and they plan to raise the issue with President Donald Trump.

While the new classification does not impose a new tax or additional tariffs on US dairy exports to Canada, the pricing structure does make the cost of USA ultra-filtered milk more expensive for Canadian processors, encouraging Canadian processors to buy it domestically.

"Dairy trade between Canada and the USA massively favours the US, by a ratio of five to one".

"I don't expect there would be many countries that would do anything other than support a WTO action against Canada", said Australian Dairy Farmers interim Chief Executive John McQueen.

Trump's comments have caught the attention of Canadian producers. "However, saner heads may prevail because these three economies-Mexico, Canada and the US -are so intertwined in terms of the supply chain that it would be very, very costly to the U.S.to tear up NAFTA".

"I feel our country really gets that this is a critical moment. We'll have to wait and see", Stephenson said. "Nearly one year ago, we, along with other state and USA dairy officials, warned our federal partners - and Canadian industry and government representatives at all levels - that protectionist regulations would harm USA dairy producers". "NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country", Trump said.

While Canada and the USA enjoy the world's largest bilateral trading relationship, with roughly $2 billion in goods and services crossing the border each day, disputes do boil over.

Next week will present another test in the U.S.

"We've had a tough time on softwood lumber for 30 years".

The U.S.is debating the idea of a border tax that could hurt certain imported products - including Canadian oil, which is a leading source of America's energy supply.

At issue is a U.S-Canada dispute over what's called "ultra-filtered milk", a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/2nLyUNC ).

Now, how a Toronto-born former Liberal MP got to be president of the Calgary-based Canada West Foundation is probably a story in itself, but Martha Hall Findlay is also calling for the dismantling of the current supply management system.

"I wasn't going to do this, but I was in Wisconsin the other day..."

According to an article in the Washington Post, Canadian dairy farmers previous year reduced pricing on ultrafiltered milk, which is used to make cheese.

"As politicians we're very much trained to say something and stick with it".