Dairy Farmer: Trump’s USMCA Trade Deal Will Have 'Huge Impact'

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In the USMCA, Canada is allowing U.S. dairy farmers access to just over 3 percent of our market.

"It's been a very, very disappointing day", said Wiens who farms near Grunthal, Man. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, for his part, has been supportive of supply management after securing the support of dairy farmers in his leadership bid - a move seen by some as fundamentally anti-free market. It's like a death by a thousand cuts. It was the single-most important element driving a Canadian desire to gain a deal. "And every time it does that it's cumulative and it has greater impacts".

For example, under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership - with 10 countries including Mexico, Japan and Australia - dairy farmers ceded 3.25 per cent of the market.

This new agreement will give American dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market, USA drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years and automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers earn decent wages. Growth has been small, he said, but there's a broader range of product now than 15 years ago. "This is a very complex agreement and certainly those details may affect us in a number of areas in the long run".

"I'm looking for financial support for farmers but also ensuring that we maintain family-run dairy farms in Ontario", he said. "The Government has conceded access to our domestic market to the United States, affecting our ability to produce Canadian milk. -Canada agreement, in combination with the earlier agreement between the USA and Mexico, strengthens relations with two key trading partners", CFBF President Jamie Johansson said, "and we urge Congress to ratify the USMCA without delay". "So by eliminating that, we're hopeful that those products will again be allowed to be exported into Canada". "In the case of milk, it's 3.5 per cent of domestic consumption".

But she also notes that the prices that dairy farmers get on their products is due to a range of factors, including the fact that there has been a decline in fluid milk consumption by US consumers.

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Significant components of the existing North American Free Trade Agreement have stayed the same, but there were some new provisions to deal with digital technology and Intellectual property disputes.

"If I tell you that you are going to lose some of your business, you do not want to wait five years to find out what you are going to have as compensation to be able to manage your finances and knowing where you are investing", Bachand said. "At least our dairy quota system is safe".

"We're not done yet, it's not signed", he said. Overall, he still feels confident about the industry. "They buy our product".

"Our farmers were not treated properly by Canada", he said outside the White House Monday.

The trade agreement "kind of brings hope", said Jay Heeg, president of the Wisconsin Professional Dairy Producers, adding that he appreciated the two countries were paying heed to his industry.

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