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Vermont officials hope new trade deal helps dairy farmers

October 2, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say a new trade deal between the United States and Canada will help dairy farmers.

Vermont Public Radio reports Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts is hopeful that the deal reached Sunday night will free up Canadian markets for more U.S. dairy exports. Tebbetts adds that more exports “will drive up prices for farmers in Vermont.” The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, replaces the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy says he wants to review the agreement. Leahy says tariffs on steel and aluminum that will remain in place are hurting Vermont companies.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement Monday that he’s “optimistic the updated agreement will have a positive impact in Vermont.”

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This story has been corrected to show the surname is spelled Tebbetts not Tebbets.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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