Trump vows to back US dairy farmers in Canada trade spat

Dairy farmers in the USA complain it's a new tariff that closes the Canadian market to them.

Trump promised to work with Wisconsin's congressional delegation to get a solution after the governors of Wisconsin and NY urged him to take action.

Trump says the order sends a "powerful signal to the world" that the USA will defend its workers, protect their jobs and put America first. "If they controlled their production and utilized supply management themselves, there would be a much more prosperous system".

"By contrast, in Canada, supply management (literally matching supply with demand) avoids overproduction, and reduces the impact of devastating market fluctuations, such as those that the U.S is now experiencing", she wrote.

Cuomo, Walker and other elected officials from NY and Wisconsin have raised their concerns about Canada's trade policies for more than a year.

Anything that happens that reduces the ability to trade products to Mexico will be troubling for dairy producers in the United States, said Scott Brown, a dairy economist with the University of Missouri.

"It is wrong to use Canada as a scapegoat for the situation in the United States".

"We appreciate your administration's work to date on this issue and ask you to send a very clear message that Canada should be one of America's most reliable trading partners, but in the case of dairy it has consistently chosen to pursue a disturbing and harmful path", they said.

The Senators have written to the Trump administration as well as to the Acting U.S. Trade Representative and Acting Ag Secretary about the milk pricing problem. He suggested it has stalled his attempt to renegotiate NAFTA.

"Unfortunately, it appears that while USA processors were making multi-million dollar investments to meet the growing cross-border market for ultra-filtered milk, the Canadian dairy industry and government were plotting a trade war against our nation's dairy farmers", the governors wrote.