Perdue Talks Dairy Issues with His Canadian Counterpart

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue completing a trip to Toronto marks his first international trip as secretary.  Regarding bilateral trade issues of importance Perdue’s meetings with Canadian officials included Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and current Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne.

Following his meetings in Canada, Perdue said, “We had very good, very candid discussions, very frank, like family members discussing some things that are not necessarily comfortable.  We laid out a great framework to begin renegotiating NAFTA.

“I was able to describe the issues that we feel are important to resolve – and can be resolved – as we begin to renegotiate NAFTA…While we didn’t try to negotiate back and forth, I think it was clearly understood that we consider all options on the table and we’ll pursue them in the best interests of U.S. producers.”

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Canadian counterpart had what Perdue describes as “frank” discussions about dairy issues. (Gary Crawford and Secretary Sonny Perdue.)

There’s more to last year’s Ag trade deficit with Canada than meets the eye. There is more to the agricultural trade situation between Canada and the U.S. than just the import and export numbers. (Gary Crawford and Bryce Cooke.)