The governors of Wisconsin and NY are urging President Donald Trump to address what they are calling Canada's "blatant violation of worldwide trade agreements" hurting dairy farmers in the two states.
New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Wisconsin Sen.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he's putting Canada on notice over protections to the dairy industry.
Anything that happens that reduces the ability to trade products to Mexico will be troubling for dairy producers in the United States, said Scott Brown, a dairy economist with the University of Missouri. "Dairy farmers should not have their businesses ruined and lives upended as a result of this unfair trade practice".
"We are also going to stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin", Trump said in a speech to factory workers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, before signing a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order.
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Far from the U.S. Dairy farmers have already been crippled by years of stagnating milk prices, and one Central New York milk producer - Cayuga Milk Ingredients - has said it could lose 25 percent of its sales after investing more than $100 million in an ultra-filtered milk processing plant.
The dairy dispute comes at a sensitive time for U.S.
"With our growing concern that even more of our milk producers and our processors will be affected, I urge the federal government to call on Canada to reconsider these harmful regulations and continue our courteous, mutually beneficial trade relations", Cuomo said in a statement. He suggested it has stalled his attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.
Representatives for Canada's trade and agriculture ministers could not be immediately reached. The pricing agreement was a response to growing US exports of milk proteins to Canada that missed Canada's high tariffs. "Canadian farmers always get $5-10 per hundredweight of milk more than us because they have a government-controlled supply management program".
Trump said his order would minimize exemptions that allow foreign companies to bid on projects in the US, something Canada now enjoys under NAFTA.