As the formal trade agreement dispute filed by the Office of the US Trade Representative in May ramps up, many American dairy farmers and processors may be left wondering – is Canada really limiting US dairy sales?

That’s the question a Hoard’s Dairyman webinar panel pondered June 30, which included guests Mark Stephenson, director of the Center for Dairy Profitability at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Gregg Doud, who previously served as chief agricultural negotiator in the USTR office; and Al Mussell, research lead at Agri-Food Economic Systems in Canada. Corey Geiger moderated the panel.

A heated topic on both sides of the issue, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai filed a dispute with Canada over their allocation of dairy tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) exclusively to Canadian importers. Tai claimed that keeping TRQs mostly limited to Canadian entities who may not use them denies American exporters the ability to get into Canadian markets.

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