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New Trade Deal Leaves Ohio Dairy Industry Hopeful

Low prices had driven some Ohio farmers to leave the business entirely

The new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada offered some rare good news for struggling domestic dairy farmers.

The deal would give U.S. farmers more access to the protected Canadian dairy market. The change is similar to a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade pact canceled by the Trump administration, according to Ohio State University professor Ian Sheldon.

“I’ll call that a crack in the door,” Ohio Dairy Producers Association CEO Scott Higgins said.  “And that gives us an opportunity to continue to do business with the companies that are looking for U.S. dairy products.”

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