Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Minnesota dairies keep Wisconsin buyer after all

Minnesota dairies keep Wisconsin buyer after all

That's where President Trump comes in.

"This is devastating to the farmers, and it's been really heartbreaking for us", said Daniel Smith, who oversees the Wisconsin Farm Center at the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

"Included in there is lumber, timber and energy". "We're going to get together and we're going to call Canada and we're going to say what happened, and they might give us an answer - but we're going to get a solution, not just the answer".

Trump's sudden embrace of a harder line is a sharp reversal from a few weeks ago. The governor said he has remained in contact with the president about the ongoing situation. Suddenly, he's tweaking Canada's nose - twice in a week, with his second twist even more forceful than the first. The Trump administration set out its priorities for renegotiating the North American free-trade agreement (NAFTA) in a recent letter to members of Congress.

He provided no rationale for his complaints. And in recent years, USA dairies have developed a booming business selling these low-priced products to dairies in Canada ($133-million last year). On lumber, cheaper Canadian wood has reduced the cost of USA homes but also caused recurring legal spats with the US industry that alleges product-dumping.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board said there are ways you can help struggling dairy farmers. "It's a disgrace", he said. He tweeted Tuesday morning, "Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very hard".

It was a far cry from the tune Trump was singing in February.

This appears to mark a hardening in Trump's stance, which had previously been to focus his fire on Mexico while describing the changes in trading relations being sought with Canada as mere "tweaks".

Indeed, he actually cast the topsy-turvy messaging as a positive thing.

"(Trump is) a little bit unlike many politicians", the prime minister said, acknowledging the magnitude of his understatement amid laughter from the crowd. There are two eligibility requirements for the one-off payment: The farmer must still be in milk production and the annual cows' milk production of must be less than 1 million litres in the April 2015 - April 2016 milk year. "But then after that, if we still haven't found anyone, there's a very good chance that we'll sell", Navis said.

If U.S. border tariffs force the closure of B.C. sawmills and manufacturers, Clark calls for EI support and retraining for laid-off workers and "economic diversification in rural communities to help them weather the economic impact".

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Canada has ample reasons to engage.

"Our federal and state governments can not abide by Canada's disregard for its trade commitment to the United States, and its intentional decision to pursue policies that are choking off sales of American-made milk to the detriment of US dairy farmers", said Tom Vilsack, the former secretary of agriculture and current president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council, in a statement earlier this month.

Already the uncertainty has caused some businesses to pause investments in Canada, according to the Bank of Canada.

Therefore, it's imperative for the Canadian government to ensure its policies do not violate these deals.

But the effects of their actions on Americans are serious, Brancel said.

That order sets a timeline for his administration to study possible tariffs on foreign steel.

She doesn't expect much to come of Trump's blast against Canada. In fact, the company reported it had lost all of its Canadian exports due to the new policy, which comprised roughly 30% of its overall sales - over $100 million per year.

The Canadian government responded with a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Canadian ambassador to Washington David MacNaughton has insisted that a global oversupply of milk, not Canada, is to blame for the problems of US dairy farmers. "It's not a job for us, it's a lifestyle".

"My field staff looked at them and said, 'My gosh, these are great, wonderfully kept farms, '" Mullins said.

The extensive economic reliance of Canadian imperialism on a close Partnership with the United States has seen Canada participate in virtually every US-led war of aggression over the past quarter century, from the bombardment of Yugoslavia to the invasion of Afghanistan, the air war on Libya and the current Mideast war in Syria and Iraq.

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