The Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin’s largest dairy lobbying group is calling the recently signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) a vital deal that will bring broad benefits in the long term for the dairy community.

Congress signed off on the bill late last year. Mexico’s legislature has approved and Canada’s lawmakers are expected to do so soon, which is necessary for the agreement to take effect. Trump signed the bill into law Jan. 29.

DBA’s vice president, Amy Penterman, was an invited guest at the signing ceremony.

“This is an exciting day,” said Amy Penterman, DBA’s vice president who has a dairy farm with her family in Thorp.

“The relationships our country has developed with Mexico and Canada have greatly benefited the U.S. dairy community during that past 25 years under NAFTA. Mexico is now our top dairy export market and Canada is number three,” she said. “We need our neighbors and they need us.

“Trade is a key to farmers and processors succeeding in the long term,” Penterman said. “Farms of all sizes and business models benefit when we have opportunities for free and fair trading. That success extends to all of the other businesses tied to dairy also and keeps our rural communities strong.

“Wisconsin dairy farmers and processors produce milk, cheese and other dairy foods that are second to none,” she said. “Who better than America’s Dairyland to help meet the nutritional demands of a growing world population?

“The president and Congress, including nearly all of our delegation here in Wisconsin, deserve congratulations for working so hard on this vital agreement.”