I recently testified before the House Agriculture Committee, along with Jim Mulhern of the National Milk Producers Federation, to discuss the state of the dairy industry as Congress readies for the next farm bill. The hearing provided a great opportunity for me to outline the opportunities and challenges facing our industry and to request new risk management tools that will help to spur growth and innovation in dairy farming and processing.
You can read more about the testimony in my recent Cheese Market News column.
I also recently traveled to Mexico City with Jim Mulhern and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, to meet with Mexican dairy farmers, processors and government officials. It’s clear that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been very successful for both the United States and Mexican dairy industries. It provides exactly the type of win-win business opportunities that each country needs, and we want to maintain that positive relationship going forward in NAFTA renegotiation efforts.
Unfortunately we haven’t had the same success with Canada. Since January, our three organizations have actively addressed Canada’s repeated and escalating disregard for its trade obligations with President Trump and his administration, and our efforts have made a huge difference. The White House has turned its trade spotlight on Canada, calling out the country’s protectionist policies and promising to act.
Be sure to read Connect, the new weekly newsletter for members that we launched this month, for highlights of our all activities and efforts on your behalf.
Michael Dykes, D.V.M.
President and CEO