Canada trade actions may hurt Idaho dairy farms
Dairy trade actions taken by the Canadian government may cause lasting damage to Idaho’s dairy market.
Trade is a hot topic these days, with NAFTA renegotiation about to commence and U.S. participation in TPP withdrawn. But it’s the recent dairy trade actions taken by the Canadian government that I fear may cause more lasting damage to Idaho’s dairy market.
We are the fourth-largest milk producer in the U.S., with 23,000 jobs related to the state’s dairy industry. All of Idaho’s 490 dairy farms are family-owned. In 2016, we produced 14.7 billion pounds of milk, which flowed through 22 processing plants that transformed milk into cheese, butter, dry nonfat milk, whey and other ingredients………