On July 13, the Midwest Dairy Coalition called on U.S. Secretary Perdue to provide immediate emergency assistance to dairy farmers, in light of the significant downturn in dairy prices resulting from the retaliatory tariffs imposed on U.S. dairy products by our major dairy trading partners, particularly Mexico and China. With the worsening trade war, Secretary Perdue has made public statements suggesting that he plans to take action to compensate farmers for the harms they suffer as a result of the retaliatory tariffs on farm products. The Midwest Dairy Coalition's letter to the Secretary gives our input on how to structure that emergency assistance for dairy farmers and the need to take action immediately.

Trade War Resulting in Dairy Price Downturn

This letter was sent to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on March 31, 2015, regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Midwest Dairy Coalition worked to urge Members of Congress from the Upper Midwest to sign this important letter.  Access here.

Midwest Dairy Coalition comments regarding TPP FTA

These comments from the Midwest Dairy Coalition were sent to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on January 25, 2010, regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement with Singapore, Chile, New Zealand et al. Learn more. 

Working for fair policy on export and import of dairy

USDA World Markets and Trade

The agency's biannual report includes data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in dairy products. The report covers cow’s milk, cheese, butter, skim milk powder and whole milk powder. Click here to access current and past reports.


The Midwest Dairy Coalition works to build consensus and provide a voice for the region's dairy cooperatives on federal issues that impact dairy, including international trade.

When major trade issues arise that have the potential for impacting the region's dairy industry, the Coalition works to develop positions and provide comment to help shape trade policy.

International Trade

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