Dairy Industry Loses $1.8 Billion Due To Tariffs, Aid May Not Help

July 30, 2018 12:42 PM
Unfortunately, the bail out isn’t a long-term solution, according to Tom Vilsack, CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Recently, the USDA announced a $12 billion aid package to help farmers impacted by the retaliatory tariffs put in place by some of our trading partners. Unfortunately, the bail out isn’t a long-term solution, according to Tom Vilsack, CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

“The dairy industry has faced a $1.8 billion loss over the last several weeks,” Vilsack said during an interview with MSNBC. “It’s a fairly significant challenge farmers face because of the tariffs. Markets that were open, markets that had momentum, are now shut off.”

One example is Mexico. For several years Mexico has been the No. 1 export market for U.S. cheese. The retaliatory tariffs put in place by Mexico are changing that trading dynamic.

“Our cheese used to be very, very financially advantageous to the Mexicans because of NAFTA,” Vilsack explained. “The retaliatory tariffs assessed by Mexico makes it less attractive for Mexicans to purchase cheese from the U.S. We still have a logistical advantage but at the end of the day the tariffs have made it difficult to make the financial case.”

To make matters worse, the aid announced by USDA is not likely to fix the problem, according to Vilsack.

“The problem with the bail out is that it provides some additional help now, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that we’ll get markets back that we’ll lose over time as the result of these tariffs,” he said adding farmers want trade not aid.

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Spell Check

Jonesboro , AR
8/2/2018 07:27 AM

  Kerr Lee, anytime I see an ex Obama lackey on MSNBC I can only think of one word. LIE! Experience has guided me to this harsh realization.

Vegas, CA
8/1/2018 04:31 AM

  What they need is a permanent solution, not a temporary aid (although the aid is a huge sum of money, it's not enough to cover up the losses I guess). Source: http://bit.ly/2Ax79n6

Ollie Toms
Kaukauna, WI
7/31/2018 06:39 AM

  We need politicians and not hot headed lunatics making trade policy. Trump actually believes he is smarter than the rest of us, but the reality is he grew up an entitled rich kid in NY City and got his money from his dad who was a slum lord. We need solutions and WE need to vote people in who will work for us.


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