Dairy groups visit Mexico to ease strained relationships between the U.S. and Mexico on trade

Mar 19, 2017

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Three major dairy groups were in Mexico last week trying to repair strained relationships between the U.S. and Mexico on trade.

According to Farm Journal’s Milk, some Mexican dairy leaders question President Donald Trump’s recent policies on immigration and his desire to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.  

Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture and now CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, told Mexican leaders attending the National Dairy Forum in Mexico City that the dairy industry has always considered Mexico as a “partner first and a customer second” and that the U.S. dairy industry intends to continue working with Mexico and its own dairy industry to increase dairy consumption in a way that is beneficial to both countries.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, said the goal of the trip was to communicate the dairy industry’s commitment to its partnership with the Mexican dairy industry, which is growing, but the country still relies on the U.S. to meet its milk consumption needs.