New Trade Deal to Benefit Dairy Farmers

New Trade Deal to Benefit Dairy Farmers

New Trade Deal to Benefit Dairy Farmers

Recent discussions around trade and US pork have not been very optimistic of late.

"We've seen California farmers, ranchers and agricultural marketers lose sales because of the retaliatory tariffs from Canada, Mexico and in particular from China", he said.

The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which released a statement from its president saying the deal "will have a dramatic impact" on the sector and farmers, can't answer if there will be any changes to consumer prices, wrote spokeswoman Lucie Boileau in an email.

The United States and Canada forged a last-gasp deal on Sunday to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, rescuing the three-country, $1.2 trillion open-trade zone that had been about to collapse after almost a quarter-century.

"He's made concessions on dairy, he's made concessions on auto quotas and he's made concessions on pharmaceuticals, meaning that Canadian patients will have to pay higher drug costs".

Raymond Bachand, Quebec's chief free-trade negotiator during the recently concluded negotiations, said the number one objective for Quebec was to preserve access to the American market and that was done.

"They told me they were anxious", Trudeau said of his meeting with milk producers.

"At the end of the day, this is not a trivial thing".

Bickford said that although people think of milk as local, dairy is a global industry, and it's one that is particularly dependent on Mexico and Canada.

However, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Dairy Division, the state lost 143 dairy farms a year ago.

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Trump has wanted a complete overhaul of NAFTA, arguing the quarter-century-old pact has been unfair to the United States.

The United States sends far more dairy to Canada than the other way around.

The American Dairy Coalition (ADC) is a farmer-led national lobbying organization of progressive, modern dairy farmers.

The USMCA has prompted widespread calls for compensation to dairy farmers, both from producers and conservative-leaning politicians.

Wiens said the deal gives USA dairy farmers greater access to Canada's supply-managed dairy system. "They didn't want tax dollars, they just wanted to produce milk for a good price, that's it". The labor provisions are good, but too often they are written into trade bills and never enforced. We also remain concerned about the remaining steel and aluminum tariffs.

"Mexico is our largest apple export market, it's our largest pear market".

But not all farm groups are happy with the NAFTA replacement. It will also eliminate its tariffs on whey and margarine.

"They are gaining access to our market, and at the same time shutting us out of theirs", Wiens said.

That's what Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor told the House of Commons with regards to the new trade deal with the USA and Mexico.

Formerly known as the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the retooled trilateral deal is called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. How much more of their livelihood will Canadian dairy farmers be asked to give up?

"This new deal is an especially great victory for our farmers", said President Donald Trump as he announced the agreement this morning. It will then be up to Congress to approve the deal, which is likely to come up for a vote next year.

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