Two U.S. Senators say Canada’s dairy pricing policies are harming trade and will negatively affect the U.S. dairy industry, jeopardizing the country’s trade commitment to the United States. Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer of New York and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin are asking for the investigation regarding Canada’s recently announced National Ingredients Strategy and its already active Ontario Class VI (Six) pricing program. The Senators sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack alleging Canada’s program punishes processors in Canada for the use of imported dairy products. The U.S. Dairy Export Council in response to the letter says Canada has created a “deeply problematic” track record of instituting programs to “intentionally create roadblocks to dairy imports.” The dairy industry welcomed the call for an investigation.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.
Read the response from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) praising Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for urging an investigation into Canadian dairy pricing policies that have impacted current trade and stand to negatively affect U.S. dairy farmers and manufacturers, jeopardizing the country’s trade commitment to the United States.