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US farm bureau disheartened by USMCA dairy decision
USAgNet - 11/28/2023

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall recently voiced the organization's dissatisfaction with the findings of a dispute settlement panel under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The panel's report focused on Canada's dairy tariff-rate quota (TRQ) allocation measures, which, according to the AFBF, disadvantage American dairy farmers.

Duvall highlighted the importance of fair-trade practices between the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing that the spirit of USMCA agreements should be upheld for the benefit of all parties involved. He pointed out that while Canada has been a significant trading partner, it is crucial that they adhere to fair trading practices.

The AFBF's main concern is that the current Canadian TRQ policies do not provide a level playing field for American dairy producers. This situation is believed to limit the variety of choices available to Canadian consumers in supermarkets.

In response to the panel's report, Duvall urged the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Tai and Vilsack to continue advocating for equitable trade conditions. The goal is to ensure that American dairy farmers can compete fairly in the market and that Canadian consumers can benefit from a wider range of dairy products.

The AFBF's stance reflects the ongoing challenges in international dairy trade and the need for adherence to trade agreements like USMCA. The organization remains hopeful for a resolution that supports the interests of American dairy farmers while fostering a strong trade relationship with Canada.

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