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Local dairy farmers to benefit from new trade deal

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Local dairy farmers have high hopes they will benefit from the United States new trade deal with Canada and they’re not alone.

“This is a terrific deal for all of us,” said President Trump on Monday.

When the president would discuss replacing NAFTA, the conversation often focused on dairy products.

Senator Chuck Schumer has criticized Canada for cutting off a key market for American farmers.

He says Canadian tariffs were excessively high on American dairy products. His hope is that the new deal is better for New Yorkers.

In a statement, Schumer said, “I knew it needed fixing. The President deserves praise for taking large steps to improve it.”

One local dairy farmer is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding the new agreement.

“I think there’s some potential for us to have some better opportunities. I’m not going to jump in and say that this is the best thing that’s happened in years,” said Jeff Mulligan, owner of Mulligan Farms in Avon.

The new deal will open up part of Canada’s dairy market to American farmers, allowing them access to 3.5% of the nation’s $16-billion industry.

“They’re allowed to ship more milk in this country. We’re allowed to ship more into their country. It’ll balance things out a little bit. I’m hoping that we’re going to make it so that we can actually have a little more opportunity,” said Mulligan.

It’s a positive outcome but not one likely to solve all of the dairy farmer problems in the United States.

Mulligan is still worried about low milk prices across the country and says this won’t help much in that regard.

The new trade agreement still needs to be approved by congress with it possible that it won’t be ratified until next year.

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