Wisconsin dairy farmers praise signing of USMCA trade deal into law
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin’s largest dairy lobbying group, praised the signing today of a bill to implement the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, calling it a vital deal that will bring broad benefits in the long term for the dairy community.
Congress signed off on the bill late last year. Mexico’s legislature has approved and Canada’s lawmakers are expected to do so soon, which is necessary for the agreement to take effect. Trump signed the bill into law this morning.
DBA’s vice president, Amy Penterman, was an invited guest at the signing ceremony.
Penterman, who has a dairy farm with her family in north-central Wisconsin, shared these comments:
“This is an exciting day. The deal has been a long time in the making and we can finally celebrate.
“The relationships our country has developed with Mexico and Canada have greatly benefited the U.S. dairy community during that past 25 years under NAFTA. Mexico is now our top dairy export market and Canada is number three. We need our neighbors and they need us.
“Trade is a key to farmers and processors succeeding in the long term. Farms of all sizes and business models benefit when we have opportunities for free and fair trading. That success extends to all of the other businesses tied to dairy also and keeps our rural communities strong.
“Wisconsin dairy farmers and processors produce milk, cheese and other dairy foods that are second to none. Who better than America’s Dairyland to help meet the nutritional demands of a growing population around the world?
“The president and Congress, including nearly all of our delegation here in Wisconsin, deserve congratulations for working so hard on this vital agreement.”
Click here for a photo of her at the White House today
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The Dairy Business Association is the leading dairy lobby group in Wisconsin, focused on advocating for sensible state laws and regulations that affect the dairy community. The nonprofit organization is comprised of dairy farmers, milk processors, vendors and other business partners who work collaboratively to ensure that dairy farms of all sizes have the support they need to keep America’s Dairyland strong. More information: www.dairyforward.com