Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin wants to know how farmers in Door and Kewaunee Counties can expect to benefit from a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. According to Bloomberg, President Donald Trump tweeted last week that Mexico would increase their agricultural purchases from the U.S. as a part of a deal on border security in exchange for avoiding proposed tariffs. Farmers were worried retaliatory tariffs on their products could have done even more harm to their bottom line. Senator Baldwin says her letter to President Trump is a request for answers for an agreement short on details.
Senator Baldwin is hopeful a deal is worked out so farmers can be certain there is a buyer for their products. According to Dairy Herd Management, Mexico is the largest exporter of U.S. dairy products at about $1.4 billion in annual sales and 15.8 percent of its milk production.