Trump promises to find solution for Wisconsin dairy farmers

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The governors of Wisconsin and NY are urging President Donald Trump to address what they are calling Canada's "blatant violation of global trade agreements" hurting dairy farmers in the two states.

A spokesman for Dairy Farmers of Canada says they don't feel good about USA farms going out of business, but added it's not their responsibility and instead up to the U.S.to manage their own production. Under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, such imports had been duty-free, until Canadian dairy producers complained.

Friction between NY and Canada - the state's largest worldwide trade partner - created by "protectionist" milk policies north of the border isn't cooling down.

"Very, very unfair. It's another typical one-sided deal against the United States and it's not going to be happening for long", Trump said.

Gov. Scott Walker sent a letter to Trump earlier Tuesday encouraging the president to address the issue. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., in a letter released Thursday urging the Trump Administration to act on restrictive Canadian trade barriers that are hindering the development and growth of the dairy industry. Dismantling it would mean lower prices at the supermarket, and a more internationally competitive industry, says the paper. "Now changes in Canada's pricing structure have slammed the door on dairy trade with the United States".

04/17/2017A number of Canadian dairy organizations have responded to US claims that a change in how their nation prices milk has forced some Wisconsin dairy processors to drop many of their farmer-patrons.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of NY and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a joint letter urging President Donald Trump to address the policies implemented by Canada that impact producers in two of the country's top dairy producing states. "A Wisconsin processor was able to sell ultra-filtered milk to Canada for a significant amount of time", Brancel said. That's almost double the value exported to Canada, the country's second biggest export market, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

A spokeswoman for Canada's dairy industry said Tuesday night there has not been any new taxes on dairy imports. "We are going to have a great relationship with Canada".

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Snap-on says it sees Trump's visit as an "encouraging development" to help highlight the importance of manufacturing.

"We're going to have to be very careful and cautious about how we proceed on that file", said Mr. Horgan.

Trump also criticized the USA trading regime, which calls for a waiting period, and consultations that can stretch to three months or beyond.

Senior finance officials who briefed reporters on the meetings suggest the order would run counter to protections Canada has secured through NAFTA.

Schumer, Gillibrand and Sen.

The whole thing is ridiculous.

Rather than imposing a ton of new rules, the order focuses on plans to increase enforcement and waive exemptions that, up until now - and as required by the North American Free Trade Agreement - have allowed foreign companies to continue bidding for projects alongside American competitors.

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