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Schumer, Trump find common ground on issue hurting CNY dairy farmers

AUBURN (WSYR-TV) - Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Cayuga County Monday to discuss an issue hurting dairy farmers in Central New York.

Schumer says Canada has an unfair advantage because it's distorting global trade with predatory pricing on its milk. 

Schumer visited Cayuga Milk Ingredients, a plant partnership of about 30 dairy farmers, which lost all of its Canadian orders last year, after the practice started benefiting dairy farms right in Cananda.

“Our hardworking New York dairy farmers and producers like Cayuga Milk Ingredients are the most competitive in the world, but they depend on stable and fair rules to compete in a global economy, to sell their dairy products, expand their business and create new local jobs,” said Senator Schumer. “As trade officials near a deal to renegotiate NAFTA – an issue President Trump and I both agree on – we must make it a top priority to begin reversing restrictive dairy pricing policies in Canada that are hurting our dairy producers at their core, and now is a real opportunity to do just that.”

 Schumer's office explains that Canada has used its "Class 7 program" to triple milk powder exports in the past year by creating excess milk production capacity in Canada, then dumping the resulting milk powder onto world markets.

“In the four short days following Canada’s implementation of its National Ingredients Strategy to include a Class 7 milk price, CMI lost $30 million in annual sales.  It is clear that Canada’s sole intent through its Class 7 pricing was and is to manipulate the free markets by dumping their low cost skim milk products onto the World markets while simultaneously maintaining high tariffs to block imports of dairy products into Canada.  If Canada wants to maintain supply management, then they must manage their milk supply and not dump their excesses on the World markets," said Kevin Ellis, CEO of Cayuga Milk Ingredients.

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