Wednesday, January 13, 2021

McKinney blasts Canadian dairy industry

Ted McKinney, the United States’ Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, levelled a blistering attack on Canada’s dairy industry when he spoke this week to farmers in Wisconsin.

“We believe that they’re playing a nefarious game up there. We don’t see the changes going on that they said they would be making,” McKinney said.

McKinney said Canada’s old ways of dumping powder and taking advantage of the more lucrative dairy markets is not fair. 

“In short, it looks like some elements of Class VI and Class VII milk, which you know, really were not fair, were not consistent with the agreements that we had. Those are supposed to go away but we’re seeing elements of them coming back into their classes three and four,” he said.

McKinney said he was one of many in agriculture urging President Trump not to blow up the NAFTA deal entirely, and he says the USMCA is an improvement if everyone follows the rules.

McKinney spoke during the Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic Monday.

His term ends Jan. 20 when Joe Biden becomes president.