Canadian PM responds to Trump's criticism of dairy industry

A cow eats hay at the Faria Dairy Farm

A cow eats hay at the Faria Dairy Farm

Pointing to Canada's attempt to manipulate cross-border dairy trade, Trump had threatened on Tuesday to "make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all", and Micklethwait noted that every Canadian family pays several hundred dollars more for their milk bill per year to protect Canada's dairy industry.

Trump's criticism came two days after he first knocked Canada's impact on Wisconsin dairy farmers during a visit to the state on Tuesday, when he vowed the U.S. would "stand up for our dairy farmers". The plan should address the immediate impact of the Grassland's Dairy decision and create a strategy to end the unfair trade practices at the root of the current problem.

The new pricing led to some American dairy processors in NY and Wisconsin, two of the country's largest dairy-producing states, to reduce milk intake from local producers, leaving some farmers without buyers.

The New York Times reports the Trump Administration is retaliating by imposing new tariffs on softwood lumber from Canada.

Shane Sauer says his 120-head farm east of Madison and other such small operations have always been led to believe the market for milk was near endless. Canadians have faulted the US for producing too much milk.

Wisconsin agriculture officials said Grassland canceled milk contracts with almost 60 farms. Their website AmericasDairyland.com suggests intentionally buying Wisconsin dairy products, donating dairy products to local food banks to keep demand high, and to donate to Great American Milk Drive.

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That's according to Minnesota Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Margaret Hart.

"For all sorts of reasons, we're striking while the opportunity is ripe, to showcase, to take companies with us to promote them", said the official, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss details of the trip. We support Mr. Trump and our elected officials in fixing this glaring trade imbalance. We talk to a lot of our dairy farmers who say their orders have gone down.

President Trump called it " another typical one-sided deal against the United States".

Heinze said he's anxious about the remaining farms that haven't yet found a milk buyer.

Small farms are getting squeezed out and no one's doing anything about it, she said. Businesses also feared that the buy American provisions could exclude Canadian firms from bidding for various projects in the USA that have been open under NAFTA. "The fabric of our dairy industry is being tested now, but I think it will show its strength over the next couple of weeks", North said.

"I will continue to defend supply management because it works for our farmers, it works for our agricultural industry and it works for Canadians", Trudeau said.

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