Wisconsin dairy farmers hopeful for US-Mexico trade deal

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin dairy farmers and cheesemakers say they’re hopeful that a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico will augment business in a key state export market.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the preliminary U.S.-Mexico deal announced Monday by President Donald Trump calls for zero tariffs on dairy and agricultural products. Mexico also has agreed to not restrict market access for commonly named U.S. cheeses.

Trump says the tentative trade agreement would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Full details of the agreement haven’t yet been released.

Wisconsin dairy farmer Brody Stapel says no other country imports more dairy products than Mexico. He says the potential loss of that market has caused anxiety for farmers over the past several months.

Mexico and Canada are the state’s biggest trading partners.

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