[Marxism] U.S. dairy farmers look to supply management, as Trump urges Canada to kill it

Richard Fidler rfidler at ncf.ca
Thu Jul 26 06:47:20 MDT 2018


In the U.S. dairy heartland, where low prices are forcing farm after farm into
bankruptcy, many producers are embracing supply management as a potential
saviour

TOM BLACKWELL	Updated: July 25, 2018
Edmonton Journal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's a favourite grievance in President Donald Trump's
Twitter blasts at his northern neighbour: "Canada is charging massive Tariffs to
our U.S. Farmers . Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very
poorly."

The source of Trump's ire is the supply-management system that controls milk
production in Canada and limits imports from the U.S.; America's NAFTA
negotiators want it dismantled.

Even in Canada, critics view supply management as an anti-competitive tool that
artificially inflates consumer prices, while other trading partners have also
complained.

But in the United States' troubled dairy heartland, where low prices are forcing
farm after farm into bankruptcy, many producers have taken a much different view
lately - they're actually embracing supply management as a potential saviour.

Representatives of the Ontario dairy marketing board toured Wisconsin in March
and Michigan last month, drawing hundreds of farmers eager to learn how the
system works. More trips are planned for later this year to Ohio and
Pennsylvania.

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