A trade dispute between Canada and the USA has spread to Minnesota, where officials said 19 dairy farms are affected. Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, said Wednesday that 19 Minnesota producers are among the 70 to 75 initially reported as all being from Wisconsin. Some New York producers are also affected.
Canada recently imposed duties on ultra-filtered milk, a concentrate used to make cheese. It was duty free until Canadian producers complained. The affected farms supplied Grassland Dairy Products of Greenwood, Wisconsin, which lost its market for the product. Many of those farms may now be forced out of business.