A trio of Senators draft letter asking Washington to act on Canadian dairy farming restrictions.
WASHINGTON-New York Senators Chuck Schumer (9th District) and Kirsten Gillibrand (20th District), along with Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin have called on President Donald Trump’s Administration to take action on restrictive trade barriers with Canada that are hurting the trades of American dairy farmers and processors.
Current Canadian trade barriers have already started to hinder development and growth of the Upstate New York dairy industry. Companies like O-AT-KA and Cayuga Milk Ingredients, along with Ideal Dairy Farm, rely on trade with Canada for a significant percentage – millions of dollars – of their revenue.
The Senators sent a letter to Acting U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young, detailing the negative impact these unfair trade practices are having on America’s dairy industry and urging the Administration officials to immediately address this issue with the Canadian government and launch an investigation into these trade actions.
“We urge you to exhaust all potential avenues to bring Canada into compliance with its trade commitments and establish dependable trading conditions for U.S. companies exporting to Canada,” wrote the Senators. “Dairy farmers should not have their businesses ruined and lives upended as a result of this unfair trade practice.”
New York relies heavily on dairy production for its overall economy, as the state is currently the country’s third largest milk producer. Therefore, any reductions in export sales could impact New York dairy manufacturers and their supplying farms, which are already struggling with depressed milk prices.
“Canada must be clearly and swiftly reminded in a concrete way that dependable trading conditions between our two countries is critically important to their country as well,” read the letter.