Dairy Farmers Fight Back Against Tariffs

A group representing hundreds of Midwestern dairy farmers issued a statement regarding the newly imposed tariffs by the United States on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico. The tariffs, which took effect today, are causing retaliatory levies, including on U.S. cheese and yogurt exports. The following comments are from Brody Stapel, president of the board of directors for Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, who has a dairy farm in Cedar Grove, Wis.:  “Dairy farmers and processors simply cannot afford a trade war that will choke off access to major partners. This is especially true of Mexico, which buys nearly a quarter of all dairy products exported by the United States. That amounted to $1.3 billion last year, enough to support 1,500 dairy farms and 25,000 jobs. The stakes are high.”

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