Farm groups are urging the Canadian and U-S governments to turn down the rhetoric and pay attention to how trade agreements have benefited both countries.
The U-S National Farmers Union and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture have issued a joint statement asking both governments to preserve the longstanding trade relationship between the two countries.
Canadian Federation of Agriculture vice president Norm Hall of Wynyard says the two countries trade more than 40 billion dollars in farm products each year.
The joint statement points out any trade disruption would hurt farmers on both sides of the border.
The groups issued the statement following the recent G-7 meeting where President Donald Trump lashed out at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Dairy has emerged as the latest flashpoint, and Canada’s supply management system has been a sore point between the two countries.
U.S. officials say they are not pushing to have supply management dismantled, but they do want greater access to the Canadian market.
Hall says they could have that but they passed on the opportunity when the U.S. pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership.