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Perdue talks dairy pricing with Canada counterpart

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says Canada’s so-called Class 7 dairy pricing policy is “a very unfair, underhanded circumvention of the WTO (World Trade Organization).”  In his first international trip as head of the USDA Monday, Perdue met with Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay about American ultra-filtered milk that’s been a point of disagreement between the U.S. and Canada.

“If you want to manage your dairy supply with supply management, that’s fine,” Secretary Perdue told reporters following his meeting with Canadian officials, “you just need to manage it and not over-produce to create a world glut of milk solids on the world market that’s being dumped at unfair prices.”

Secretary Perdue characterized his meeting with MacAulay like family members discussing things that are not necessarily comfortable.

“I think he understood very clearly that we consider all options on the table and we’ll pursue in the best interest of our dairy producers,” said Perdue.

Perdue and MacAulay also talked about a wheat grading issue that deals with feed grade wheat not grown in Canada.

While in Toronto, Perdue attended an agriculture and food related conference and a trade show featuring U.S. goods.

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