The U.S. dairy industry is concerned free trade with other countries could be at risk if lawmakers don’t ratify the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement soon. U.S. Dairy Export Council President and CEO Tom Vilsack says there are trading partners concerned the U.S. may not be one to strike a deal. That was feedback from a recent trip to the European Dairy Association in Scotland. “There is a concern about the use of tariffs to negotiate. Hopefully, at the end of the day we get folks to the table and we reach some kind of consensus to move things forward.” Vilsack says ratifying the USMCA is very important for making progress on other trade agreements like Japan and China. “It’s about saying to the world we are interested in free trade agreements. We are capable of reaching a bipartisan arrangement. It sends a message we want to compete in the world market as long as the competition is fair.” In the meantime, U.S. agriculture groups are going to keep pressing for the USMCA to be ratified.
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