U.S. dairy group leaders meet with Mexican officials

Three dairy industry leaders are trying to make sure Mexico remains the top dairy export destination for the U.S.

Leaders of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation, and International Dairy Foods Association left for Mexico Monday.  Dairy Export Council CEO Tom Vilsack told reporters they want to reassure Mexico that it is a valued customer for dairy and that preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement is important.

U.S. relations with Mexico have been strained since President Donald Trump said he would crack down on immigration and renegotiate NAFTA.

New Zealand and the European Union have recently requested bilateral trade meetings with Mexican leaders.

The National Ag Statistics Service says Mexico is the biggest market for U.S. nonfat dry milk and skim milk powder.  The USDA says just over 20% of all U.S. ag exports are purchased by Mexico.

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