By Tim Kowols
Retaliation for newly imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and European Union members could hurt Wisconsin dairy farmers. New tariffs on American-made cheese imposed by Mexico especially sticks out since the country is the United States’ top export partner for dairy products according to Dairy Business Association Director of Government Affairs John Holevoet. He expects some price disruption depending on how broad and how long the tariffs are imposed.
Holevoet says the tariffs come at a bad time for farmers as milk and crop prices continue to be low. According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, approximately 90 percent of the over 30 billion pounds of milk produced in the state is processed into cheese.