Canada to Protect Dairy During NAFTA Negotiations
Canada is standing firm in its dairy policy during NAFTA negotiations. Canadian Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, outlined her core objectives for negotiations with the U.S. and Mexico on Monday. According to AgriPulse, that includes protecting Canada’s current pricing structure for dairy products.
U.S. dairy industry officials are not happy about that. They allege Canada pays the highest prices for milk around the world and then dumps excess milk on the global market. Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, says Canada’s policies and new milk pricing system, Class 7, hurts U.S. farmers. “[Class 7] is designed to undercut world market prices and unfairly dump Canada’s surplus milk at the expense of the United States and other exporters,” he says.
According to Mulhern, the U.S. relies on exports to balance increased production.
NAFTA negotiations began Wednesday and are anticipated to continue for a few weeks.