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WI Reps. Nudge Canada to Import More U.S. Dairy Products
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/16/2015

A group of 20 federal lawmakers are urging Canadian trade officials to open its markets to more dairy imports from the United States as talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement draw to a close. In the letter to Gary Doar, who serves as Canada's ambassador to the U.S., the Congressional representatives noted that if Canada cannot provide more dairy market access, it risks being left out of the massive Pacific Rim trade agreement.

Wisconsin Reps. Reid Ribble and Ron Kind were among those who spearheaded the letter. They say the TPP should be a victory for Wisconsin and all of America's dairy industry.

"We make the best products in the world, and the ability to sell our milk, cheese, and butter around the world is crucial for our producers," said Ribble, who previously served on the House Agriculture Committee. "Canada stands to benefit greatly from the TPP agreement, and their more open agricultural markets are part of the price for entry. Winning access to the Canadian market is crucial to our ability to win a balanced outcome for dairy."

Kind adds that such a trade deal would open new markets to Wisconsin dairy exporters and level the playing field for local farmers to compete.

"One of those new markets is Canada, but in order for the U.S. to reach an agreement with them they must be willing to commit to meaningful reforms to open market access," Kind said. "I will continue to push our negotiators to get the best deal possible for Wisconsin dairy farmers."

The letter was also signed by various chairmen of top Congressional committees--including Paul Ryan of Janesville, who leads the Ways and Means Committee.

The memo went on to say that it is 'critical that Canada finally commit to finishing the work left undone in our prior agreements' and 'commit to significant and commercially meaningful market access for all remaining agricultural products.'

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