U.S.-Canada Trade Dispute Centers on Milk
President Donald Trump has indicated that he will attempt to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement after making several negative comments about Canada’s dairy pricing. The dispute centers on ultra-filtered milk, a product used in the production of cheese that U.S. dairy farmers previously sold to Canadian companies. After Canadian dairy farmers in Ontario dropped their prices low enough to compete with U.S. farmers, many Canadian cheesemakers canceled contracts with their U.S. suppliers to pursue the Ontario farmers’ supply. Trump tweeted, “We will not stand for this,” and later announced that he will attempt to renegotiate the trade agreement with Canada. See USA Today, April 25, 2017; Washington Post, April 27, 2017.