A year ago this month, the United States, Mexico and Canada signed a new trade agreement that would ensure free and fair trading of our dairy products with two important long-term partners.
However, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement known as NAFTA, remains in limbo awaiting ratification by Canada and the U.S. governing bodies. In the United States, the next step in the process is needed action by the House of Representatives.
Make no mistake, USMCA is critically important to long-term success for our dairy farmers and processors. The deal’s provisions include retaining market certainty with Mexico, our largest dairy trading partner; protecting common cheese names in the Mexican market; adding transparency provisions for oversight of Canada’s internal pricing structure; and placing limits on certain Canadian exports, such as skim milk powder.
Leaders in the House have indicated that they expect Congress will pass the agreement, but that ratification could slip into 2020. The dairy community needs this done as soon as possible.
We urge you to contact House leaders and your representatives to let them know how important this is to you personally and to the rest of our dairy community. Insist that they move USMCA forward.
Call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office at (202) 225-4965 or tweet to her @SpeakerPelosi. Click here to find your congressional representative.
Learn more about USMCA on this website.
Edge Executive Director Tim Trotter made a plea for action in this recent opinion column.
Edge’s team in Wisconsin and in Washington, D.C., remains closely involved and have been communicating with lawmakers about the significance of USMCA. As always, though, our members’ voices — the voice of milk — command the greatest attention from lawmakers.
Also, you can further spread the word by retweeting/liking/sharing our social media posts on Twitter (@voiceofmilk) and the Facebook page.
We are proud to fight for your interests every day.
Associate director of government affairs