January 5, 2017

Immigration, Trade Top Dairy Issues This Year

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

As President-Elect Donald Trump takes office in a short two weeks, Congress is at work. While there are several new members of Congress, Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation told Dairyline host Mike Adams they shouldn’t hinder policy progress for dairy.

“We have some new people in Congress but for the most part there aren’t going to be a lot of major changes in the key positions we work with,” he said. “The big question for the things we want to get done is what will be the window of opportunity to address those things?”

Listen to Galen on DairyLine radio below:

Trump has several things at the top of his list including repealing the Affordable Care Act, eliminating burdensome regulation and tax reform. While several of those areas will ultimately impact dairy farmers, Galen said top issues for NMPF are trade and immigration. 

“I think we will have to be a driver on issues we want addressed,” he said. “There’s only so many hours in the day [for Congress] to consider these things.”

Fair trade among key partners including Mexico and China is at the top of Trump’s list. Galen said there is some concern those two countries aren’t playing by the rules. However, he said the U.S. also needs to hold Canada’s “feet to the fire” as they have been “flouting” existing trade commitments.

“I think overall the main message is that we have really benefited from opportunities to export more and we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater,” he said.

Watch this video from AgDay TV: