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Safe for Now, Canadian Dairy Farmers Fret Over E.U. Trade Deal

“It affords us a good income,” said Rhonda Thompson, whose husband, George, comes from a family that has been dairy farming on its homestead in this rural Ontario municipality since 1837. “Is there something wrong with that?”

The Canadian dairy farmers have organized occasional protests against the trade deal, including parades of tractors and cows on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. But their opposition has been fairly muted, in part because the government has promised to compensate them if the deal hurts their business.

Before the federal election last fall, the Conservative former government of Stephen Harper dangled a figure of 4.3 billion Canadian dollars, or $3.3 billion, for dairy farmers and others who enjoy special market protection, to cover both the agreement with Europe and the larger proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. The…

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