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Wisconsin, New York governors ask Trump for help on milk

Wisconsin, New York governors ask Trump for help on milk

"There's always going to be irritants. All of those things come together to create very tough times". I'm sure we'll hear lots about dairy.

He called what Canada has done to US dairy farmers a disgrace.

In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts USA workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages.

President Donald Trump is promising to find a solution to a trade dispute with Canada that has left dairy farmers in Wisconsin and NY without a market for their product.

"The facts do not bear this out".

"Canada's repeated disregard for its dairy trade commitments to the United States has left American dairy farmers enduring the severe and unfair consequences", NMPF president Jim Mulhern said.

But Trump returned to Tuesday to the economic tough talk of his campaign, saying: "We're going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA for once and for all", referring to the Clinton-era USA trade pact with Canada and Mexico.

Both are shielded from open trade in the existing North American Free Trade Agreement, employ more than 200,000 people in Canada, and claim a similar economic value of $14-15 billion to Canada's GDP. Just two months ago, Trump had warmly greeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, assuring reporters at a joint press conference that the trade relationship between the two countries was "outstanding" and would only require some "tweaking".

Representatives for Canada's trade and agriculture ministers could not be immediately reached.

Most dairy products sent to Canada are subject to heavy tariffs, but ultra-filtered milk from the USA wasn't subject to those tariffs because it came into use after NAFTA was approved in 1994.

A spokeswoman for Canada's dairy industry said Tuesday night there has not been any new taxes on dairy imports.

Canada's envoy to Washington on Tuesday sent a letter to the governors of NY and Wisconsin - both major dairy states - saying US producers' problems stemmed from overproduction rather than Canadian policy. Ron Johnson, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who also hails from Wisconsin, would contact the Canadian government to negotiate a solution.

At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., Trump signed an order that that asks the government to propose new rules and changes that will stop what he called abuses in a visa program used by USA technology companies.

Canada's dairy sector is protected by high tariffs on imported products and controls on domestic production as a means of supporting prices that farmers receive.

The Dairy Farmers of Canada said it was confident Ottawa would "continue to protect and defend" the dairy industry.

In a story April 18 about a U.S. In this case, the reports are about granting visas for highly skilled foreign workers and ensuring that government purchasing programs buy American made goods as required by law.

Alexandre Moreau, public policy analyst at the Montreal Economic Institute, says that supply management is harming Canada's dairy industry - so Canada should use it as a bargaining chip in upcoming NAFTA negotiations in exchange for preserving the current system for softwood lumber. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer visited Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Aurelius to speak out against the trade barriers.

Trump said Canada has been "very, very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that". Walker said he also planned to talk privately with Trump about the issue during his stop in Wisconsin on Tuesday.

"When it comes to wasteful destructive job killing regulations, we are going to use a tool you know very well - it's called the sledgehammer", Trump said.

Trump also criticized the USA trading regime, which calls for a waiting period, and consultations that can stretch to three months or beyond.

"The whole thing is ridiculous". "NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country".

"We are going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA once and for all", he said.

USA dairy industry groups want Trump to urge Trudeau to halt a pricing policy that has disrupted some US dairy exports and prioritize dairy market access in NAFTA renegotiation talks.


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