Wisconsin, New York officials step into milk trade dispute


In a statement on Wednesday, the groups urged the Trump administration to take immediate action.

That prompted Wisconsin-based Grassland Dairy to drop 75 farmers, mostly in Wisconsin, effective May 1st, leaving them less than a month to find a buyer for their daily milk production.

"When we allow Canadian products in duty free but, they find a loophole for American milk, that's not fair".

"If we can get a little bit of export strength going for USA dairy products in the second half of 2017, we can talk about prices that are going to move higher relative to where we were in 2016", said Dr. Scott Brown, an economist at the University of Missouri.

The Roskopf farm near Iron Ridge is among the farms in our area to get that letter.

Dairy Farmers of Canada, a trade group, said in a statement in 2016 that protections for the country's dairy farmers were in place before the Class 7 pricing rule, but weren't being enforced, resulting in approximately $231 million in annual revenue losses for Canadian dairy farmers. Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Auburn, New York, said it also lost all of its Canadian exports, a source of about 30 percent of overall sales. Grassland placed the blame for dropping the milk producers on Canada's new regulation. "I think we need our pound of flesh out of them".

Dairy Farmers who received a termination letter from their dairy processor or handler are encouraged to contact the DATCP Farm Center at 800-942-2474 for assistance in locating potential new buyers. He said ultimately, these actions are aimed at removing competition for Canada's dairy industry.

With effect from April 11, the milk union will pay Rs 630 per kilo fat to its milk producers instead of Rs 610 per kilo fat which it pays now.

"Canada is breaking longstanding trade agreements and Wisconsin farmers are paying the price".

"They want their cake and eat it too".

Before the current challenge to dairy exports, an over-abundant supply of domestic milk was not helping prices.

"I'm in it for these farmers and I'm not gonna stop". The ultra-filtered milk Canadian purchasers got from Grassland helped cheese producers there make a higher-quality cheese at a lower cost. They say every plant they call says they are not accepting any new milk sources - they're already full.

But the ABC understands the major processor has now proposed that instead of farmers losing their contract, suppliers would bear some of the costs associated with trucking milk to eastern states. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson also issued statements, saying they would like to see if the situation can be investigated to determine if US dairy exports were being unfairly blocked.

Federal and state officials for the past year have known that Canada was exploring modifying its dairy policies and had been expressing its concerns with the Canadian government about how any changes would affect US dairy businesses. The policy change, lobbied for by the trade group Dairy Farmers of Canada, was extended nationwide in March.