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U.S.-Canada dairy dispute resolved

A black and white dairy cow
Pat Bradley

A dispute over dairy tariff rate quotas has been settled between the U.S. and Canada. But who benefits from the agreement seems to depend on which side of the border you’re on.

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district announced Tuesday that a panel has ruled in favor of the U.S. in a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement dispute over whether Canada imposed unfair dairy tariff quotas.

“Dairy farmers will receive well-deserved access to the Canadian dairy market after suffering from unfair restrictions,” the Republican said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) agreed.

“Dairy farmers are the lifeblood of the Upstate economy and today’s ruling is a massive win for them,” Schumer said.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai agreed, saying her office had “prevailed in the dispute.”

Meanwhile the Canadian Trade and Agriculture ministers said the ruling favors Canada’s dairy industry and is an endorsement of their supply management system.

Canada has not committed to a specific course of action, but acknowledged a Feb. 3 deadline to resolve the matter.