Dairy Groups Urge Halt of Canada's New Pricing Policy

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.

The governors of Wisconsin and NY sent Trump a letter Tuesday urging him to take action.

About 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and NY are affected.

"With our growing concern that even more of our milk producers and our processors will be affected, I urge the federal government to call on Canada to reconsider these harmful regulations and continue our courteous, mutually beneficial trade relations", Cuomo said in a statement. "It's your own responsibility, as a country, to manage your production".

Eight dairy producers who lost contracts earlier this month with Grassland Dairy were picked by Mullins Cheese. "He is defending his domestic dairy industry", said Jacques Lefebvre, CEO of Dairy Processors Association of Canada.

Grassland Dairy Products Inc.in Greenwood, Wisconsin, said it has lost Canadian business valued at as much as $100 million annually in the last week, and notified dozens of farmers that it can't take milk deliveries beyond the end of April.

"We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada, and we're going to say, 'What happened?' And they might give us an answer, but we're going to get the solution and not just the answer, because we know what the solution is".

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S. He suggested it has stalled his attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.

The work would start immediately, Trump said. NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country.

Francois Dumontier, a spokesman for Les Producteurs de lait du Quebec, said imports of USA milk products have increased since 1993 and now account for three-quarters of milk products in Canada.

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