That's all I can say is .... Wow
So if you haven't heard (and this will be posted on BOTH my GGGems & my Gargoyle Gardens (farm) blogs) CANADA is playing POLITICS with our milk farmers.
For no stated reason I can find, they have suddenly decided to cancel ALL orders for US milk used for making cheese.
I ASSUME - and it is just my own assumption here - that it has something to do with President Trump's stance on NAFTA ... since it seems the US is getting the shaft from the Mexican side when it comes to many portions ... but then that might just be my American perspective ...
Either way - Canada just went "Nope. Not taking your milk anymore"
AGDay, 2017Apr20 broadcast, had this issue as their main story.
Not only are these farmers getting hit by not being able to sell the milk to Canada - but now the SUPPLIER they were selling it to - Grassland Dairy - has CANCELLED the contracts to collect the milk at all.
IMMEDIATELY. Yup - the farmers got a very unpersonal form letter ... not even signed by anyone, just a general company name
The company said they were only given a TWO DAY notice from Canada, so they just wanted to get a notice out.
Canadas statement on all this??
The CANADIAN EMBASSADOR to the USA said
"Canada does not except the contention that Canada's dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States."
Letter to Wisconsin Governor
Canada seems to feel the US farmer is just looking for a scapegoat and Canada fits the bill at this point. They blame it on the US over production of milk.
The company mentioned above, Grassland Dairy, would send 1 million gallons of ULTRA-FILTERED milk into Canada EVERY day - since they no longer have Canada taking the milk, 75 farmers in the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin have now been released from their contracts… Without warning… Without compensation! In fact most farmers found out via Facebook before they even got the letter.
"We are working with our patrons to find a home for their milk, but we understand it's a challenge in these markets. The last thing we as a company want is to let farmers go."
Vice President of Business Development
We are talking about farms that have been in the same family for generations – not just one generation, not just two generations… Sometimes up to eight generations!
This is really sad
This is really bad
This makes me very mad
The interesting part is – how can route retaliate against Canada?
I cannot name one important item from Canada that we can boycott!
All I can say is…
Buy more CHEESE!
Maybe if America eats enough cheese we as a nation can start using some of this million pounds of milk that would have gone to Canada, which is now sitting idle in the United States
We are going to be a bound up nation ...