Dairy farmers Not Happy

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'It's like a death by a thousand cuts': Manitoba dairy farmers react to new trade agreement

Canada's new trade deal with the United States and Mexico is not siting well with one local dairy producer.

"From what we've seen, it's definitely a positive impact from Canada, them illuminating their Class 7, which has had a negative effect on our skim milk powder exports is a big deal for us", said Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association. "It's going to hurt them ... but it isn't going to help the USA dairy farmers".

Dairy farmers have confronted tariffs of up to 270 percent on fluid milk exported to Canada as well as restrictions on other dairy products in recent years. Bonnett said there is still a number of questions that remain unanswered that he expects will be addressed in the coming weeks. Higgins says OH dairy farms bring 650 million gallons of milk and other dairy products to market every year. The province holds significant influence on the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee (CMSMC), which meets four times a year "to review and consider the major production, economic and marketing factors affecting the dairy sector".

The United Steelworkers called the deal a "sell-out" of workers that would affect thousands of Canadian families.

The 3.59 per cent cut follows previous market share losses through the European deal and in the Trans-Pacific agreement.

"We're calling on the Trudeau Liberals to compensate our farmers. We are always an easy target". "We had the assurance from the Prime Minister that dairy would be supported", said David Wiens, the Vice Chair at Dairy Farmers of Canada, and Chairman of Dairy Framers of Manitoba. Marie - didn't get the good news they were looking for this week either. "How's that going to be monitored?" he said. But there's certainly no guarantee that the parties who agreed to them on paper are going to love the way they play out when they are put to the test. "That's something that will require further examination", he said.

"The concessions amount to very small increases in the quantity of products that could come into Canada without facing the high border taxes that are in place", said Cardwell.

Nor, dairy farmers say, can he maintain he's a defender of the system.

"Trump administration negotiators reached a major agreement with Canada on trade over the weekend".

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The American Dairy Coalition (ADC) is a farmer-led national lobbying organization of progressive, modern dairy farmers.

But Unifor, Canada's largest union representing auto workers, praised it for safeguarding the nation's top export - cars. "Dairy in Canada is a religion", Ellis said.

Nelson said the agricultural industry as a whole has been struggling.

"And now we find out they've given away more of the dairy industry", he said. China and the USA have exchanged rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs in a trade war that started early this year and has included Canada, Mexico, and the European Union - all of them major ag trade partners.

It followed US President Trump's decision to impose a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China. Sheehan said those conversations with US counterparts will continue in the coming days.

The new trade pact is significantly better than an all-out trade war, but won't be a game changer for Canadian growth, said CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld. "If it's fair, I believe it will pass easily", said Trump. Sheehan also stressed that the Canadian government has implemented a $2-billion Strategic Innovation Fund, which he's urging industries to apply for to make their plants stronger and more efficient.

In exchange, the USA will offer additional access to dairy, peanuts, processed peanut products, and a limited amount of sugar and sugar-containing products from Canada, said the US trade representative's office. "It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the almost half billion people who call North America home", read a joint statement between the nations. Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at The Wilson Centre, said in a press release "reason and a mutually beneficial outcome have prevailed". NAFTA had a couple of dispute resolution mechanisms, one of which Canada wanted to keep, and another that many would be happy to see the end of.

Markets took the news of the deal in stride, with the S&P/TSX composite index closing 0.2 per cent higher while the loonie posted an average gain of 0.86 of a United States cent than Friday.

Like other USA trade agreements, NAFTA allowed multinational companies to go to private tribunals to challenge national laws they said discriminated against them and violated the terms of the trade agreement.

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