Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

'Disappointed, but not terribly surprised:' Dairy farm concerned over Canadian trade deal

'Disappointed, but not terribly surprised:' Dairy farm concerned over Canadian trade deal

With news this morning of a revised NAFTA deal, now called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, den Haan says the Prime Minister let dairy farmers down.

South Korea bought $6.9 billion worth of US agricultural goods previous year, making it our sixth-largest export market. "So, that is setting the tone for the new set of agreements that comes out of the next one which is most likely going to be the European Union and/or Japan".

"The price of milk, the price of product, there has been no movement on this news", he said.

"We've created stability with our largest trading partner this week with the new deal with the United States, Mexico and Canada", he told reporters after touting the agreement to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. And fixing the US dairy market was a priority in that agreement.

Sargent told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo that dairy farmers feel like the government used them as a bargaining tool in negotiations with the US, without considering how the final deal would affect them.

Some of the general areas of disagreement were supply management, auto exports and dispute resolution mechanisms.

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

News of a new trade deal with the United States and Mexico has stunned those in Saskatchewan's dairy industry. "Certainty a threat to have deadline to me is an arbitrary deadline, but I'm not going to second guess the Canadian negotiators until we had a chance to really go through this agreement", said Angus.

Cardwell said there may be a slight decrease in prices consumers pay at the store for dairy products. U.S. Sens. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said this part of the agreement would benefit dairy farmers in NY. "The environmental impact of a 20,000 cow farm, the social impact of hiring principally undocumented labour below minimum wage to work in the farms, those are things that are very common in the USA and completely unacceptable in Canada".

On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump's trade weapon of choice, U.S. officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had "reached an accommodation" on the issue.

Gourlay says when you compound the effects of other trade agreements the give-away is getting serious. It, in part, will increase the amount of dairy that the United States can export to Canadian markets.

He explained the U.S.is Saskatchewan's biggest customer and with a small domestic market, the province has to ship its products overseas in order to grow and succeed economically. In a news release, Dairy Farmers of Canada, say they're "deeply disappointed" about Canada's concessions in new deal. He said it will protect Canada from an unfair American tariffs.

"We applaud the three governments for working to modernize the agricultural chapters in the agreement", he said.

Despite his praise for the deal, he cautioned that we are not at the finish line yet, as the agreement still needs to be ratified by all three countries.

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