US-Canada trade dispute threatens livelihood of dairy farms

Group says farmers could lose millions
US-Canada trade dispute threatens livelihood of dairy farms

Dairy farms in Wisconsin and other states could be forced out of business as early as May because of a trade dispute that’s halted the export of their milk to Canada.

At issue is a U.S-Canada dispute over what’s called “ultra-filtered milk,” a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. Until recently, it had entered Canada duty-free from the United States.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Canadian dairy farmers objected, resulting in Ontario and other provinces applying import taxes.

The National Milk Producers Federation says losses for the dairy industries in Wisconsin and New York alone could run into hundreds of millions of dollars.

Members of Congress from those two states say Canada is violating trade agreements, and they plan to raise the issue with President Donald Trump.

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