President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) Tom Vilsack today led a roundtable discussion hosted by the Michigan Farm Bureau to rally support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement. Vilsack was joined by leaders from across the political spectrum and the agriculture, small business and manufacturing industries.
Exports play a key role in Michigan’s economy, making the passage of USMCA vitally important to the state. Michigan exported $37.4 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico in 2017. USDEC estimates that dairy exports from Michigan’s approximately 1,500 dairy farms and 50 dairy plants create more than 6,000 jobs in Michigan and have an economic impact of $636 million.
Ultimately the dairy sector stands to gain more than $314 million in expanded sales to Canada, Mexico and other global markets as a result of USMCA, according to estimates from the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Other roundtable attendees included Rick Johnson, former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives; Ken Nobis, Senior Policy Advisor at Michigan Milk Producers Association; Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan and former Lieutenant Governor of Michigan; and Chuck Hadden, president and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association.