New Trade Deal Leaves Ohio Dairy Industry Hopeful

Oct 2, 2018

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.

photo of Chinese tariffs

In response to President Donald Trump's administration announcing $16 billion in new tariffs against China, Chinese officials Wednesday hit back with even more tariffs. The escalating dispute is being felt in Ohio's farm community. 

Ohio farmers have been lobbying the Trump administration to tamp down the trade war.

"Clearly we haven't made our case as well as we'd like to," said Ohio Farm Bureau spokesman Joe Cornely.

Sherrod Brown at Ohio military installation
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It's been a busy week for Congress on issues impacting Ohio, from national security to the environment.  Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown spoke with WKSU about what lawmakers accomplished.

National security legislation and Ohio
Brown talked about the new National Defense Authorization Bill.  It deals directly with key national security issues, and authorizations for defense programs and installations. 

photo of Gov. John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich went on his final tour of the Ohio State Fair as governor. His visit comes as Ohio farmers are caught in the middle of an international trade war.

The state's No. 1 industry, agriculture, is on full display at the fair. That’s why Kasich is so concerned with the latest decisions coming out of Washington, D.C.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is holding off his support of President Donald Trump’s plan to give struggling farmers $12 billion in aid.

Brown said the country needs to address what he calls “serial cheaters,” or countries with questionable trade practices like China. He said that is why he is waiting for the details of the proposed aid plan for farmers affected by tariffs.