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December 27, 2017

Dairy Leaders: America Needs Free Trade

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

While the Trump Administration continues to discuss pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement and our free trade agreement with Korea, the dairy industry is continuing to assert their need for Free Trade Agreements. On Tuesday Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and CEO of California Dairies Inc. and Stan Ryan, president of Dairigold Inc. co-wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. In it they outline why NAFTA negotiators should insist on “meaningful” access to Canada.

“First, American negotiators should work hard to preserve the duty-free access to Mexico that U.S. agricultural products currently enjoy,” they wrote. “Second, they should fight to gain meaningful access to Canada’s dairy market, which was excluded from NAFTA when the agreement was first negotiated.”

They say the most significant opportunity for U.S. dairy farmers and product manufacturers is to expand international markets and while the U.S. is focused on NAFTA other countries are aggressively moving forward on new trade deals.

 “Negotiators should insist on meaningful access to Canada’s market — and work aggressively on Asia,” they wrote. “As leaders of two of the largest dairy cooperatives in the Western U.S., we have some suggestions.”

Read the full WSJ article, here.