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Tangible gains from the USMCA trade agreement, as well as progress on “Phase One” trade deals with China and Japan, underscore dairy’s persistent efforts to open new opportunities in foreign markets, Jaime Castaneda, NMPF’s senior vice president for policy strategy and international trade, says in this week’s Dairy Defined Podcast.

“I challenge anyone out there that says dairy is dead, or dairy is down. We are consuming more dairy products today than ever,” said Castaneda, a two-decade veteran of dairy trade issues. But because U.S. production is greater than what’s needed to meet domestic demand, “it is absolutely critical for the future of this industry to have market opportunities overseas,” he said.

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