What's Trump's problem with Canada's milk?

Hispanic man works at a dairy farm in Fairfield Vt. U.S dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices worry that President Donald Trump's 2017 talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement coul

Hispanic man works at a dairy farm in Fairfield Vt. U.S dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices worry that President Donald Trump's 2017 talk of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement coul

Trump denounced the North American Free Trade Agreement as a "disaster" and said he wants Canada to move on three particular industries - dairy farming, lumber and energy. There's also "flat-line growth" in other dairy manufacturing sectors within NY, he added. They'll continue to provide a market for milk supplied by Cayuga County-area dairy farmers. Daniel Smith, a state agriculture administrator, said 44 of those farms still haven't found alternatives.

Reint Dykstra, a dairy farmer of 30 years in Salisbury, is used to hearing comments such as Trump's, saying Canada's supply management system - which regulates production of dairy, as well as chickens, turkeys and eggs by using a quota system and fixed prices, created to ensure farmers stay in business - is often the subject of trade fears.

Dairy farms throughout NY state rely heavily on exporting this product, and they are faced with millions of dollars in losses each year.

"Canada, what they've done to our dairy farm workers, it's a disgrace", Mr Trump said on Thursday in the Oval Office. He told The Canadian Press that despite some USA rhetoric and his rebuttal letter sent to US officials on Tuesday, he still expects "constructive discussions" between the two countries.

"And I've been reading about it, I've been talking about it for a long time, and that demands, really, immediately, fair trade, with all of our trading partners".

The U.S. dairy lobby has accused Canada of "systemic disregard" of its trade obligations, while the Canadian industry accused its American rival of "scapegoating". "Because this will lead to lots of trouble on both sides of the border, we have the trouble now", Schumer said.

"It's not going to be happening for long", Trump said in a state, that with NY, exports much of the ultra-filtered milk used in cheesemaking.

He said his administration would be "reporting back sometime over the next two weeks" as to how it plans to reform the trade deal.

In a story April 18 about a trade dispute between the USA and Canada over milk, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Canada had made a decision to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk.

Other processors have told the Roskopfs that they are at capacity and can not add farms, Monica Roskopf said.

Canada quickly sought to re-establish the "facts" after US President Donald Trump's attack on Canadian milk producers on Tuesday.

The Canadian Dairy Commission, which works with the provincial milk marketing boards to co-ordinate quotas and pricing, says the system helps to avoid surpluses as well as shortages.

"We'll get together and call Canada and say, 'What happened?'" Trump pledged.

They're seeking customers to fill the void left by the Canadian companies that used to purchase ultra-filtered milk for cheese production.

"In the Canadian system, if there was a change in the request for milk we would all share in that".

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