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April 14, 2017

Dairy Groups Urge President Trump to Intervene in Dairy Trade Dispute with Canada

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) sent a letter to President Trump Thursday urging him to intervene in the dairy trade dispute with Canada. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also sent a letter to Trump Thursday essentially urging the President to do the same thing.

In their letter, the dairy groups stated: “Time and again Canada has demonstrated its disregard of its dairy commitments to the United States—hampering America’s exports to Canada—while pursuing ways to use its government-controlled system to unfairly dump greater Canadian exports in global markets.”

The groups urged three actions:

• Contact Prime Minister Trudeau to request that this Class 7 program be halted and that ultra-filtered milk imports from the United States be restored.

• Direct U.S. agencies to examine the full range of tools that could be used immediately to impress upon Canada in a concrete way the importance of dependable two-way trade.

• Make opening Canadian dairy market access and addressing the chronic use of non-tariff tools to thwart trade a key and early-stage priority in NAFTA discussions.

They also asked that if Canada refuses to act, the Trump Administration should bring the issues before the World Trade Organization. Said the organizations: “Canada’s actions are in direct violation of its trade commitments to the United States, and Canada must be held accountable for this.”

In his letter, Minnesota Gov. Dayton also urged the President to immediately use Section 32 Program funds to purchase surplus milk, butter and cheese in the Midwest to “alleviate supply issues and provide nutritious dairy products for the school lunch program and other aid programs.”