Protecting American Dairy Farmers

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Protecting American Dairy Farmers

December 09, 2023 - 09:41
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Wisconsin is a leading dairy state, and our dairy farmers and processors work tirelessly to produce quality products. Therefore, it’s one of my top priorities in Congress to protect dairy farmers and ensure their products can continue to be enjoyed around the world. However, a recent U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) dispute settlement panel ruling failed to hold Canada accountable for its tariff-free import permits that restrict the distribution of U.S. dairy products.

In response, I sent a letter with other Wisconsin Delegation Members to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the administration to provide solutions to the USMCA dispute settlement panel ruling on November 24, 2023 that permits Canada to continue limiting American dairy market access.

In the letter, we requested the administration to share its plan for overturning the harmful conditions set by the USMCA dispute settlement panel ruling and their strategy for addressing barriers to dairy trade and market access opportunities.

I will always stand up for our dairy industry workers, and I look forward to continuing to work with my Wisconsin Delegation colleagues and the administration to ensure the United States has an equal seat at the table as our USMCA counterparts.

To read the full letter, click here.

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The dairy industry has changed so much in the last 30 years, but it remains a great way of life. It also is a very demanding life, the work schedule is every day, from early to late, and full of challenges. This is one of the few private businesses that can not sell their products at a reasonable profit. At times it is profitable, but it often is not. I don't believe that there is any business on earth that has so much investment and risk that deals with this level of instability. I have known some dairy farmers who have worked many 100-hour weeks only to break even

Thanks, Derrick, for working for a fair deal for our American dairy industry.

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