VIDEO: Local Dairy Farmers Fear USMCA Will Dry Up Industry

Canadian dairy farmers are fearing the worst with the new United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement set to go into place.

Locally, many farmers are concerned about their futures including Bernard Nelson of Lilac Farms in Kingsville.

The new trade pact gives expanded US access to the Canadian dairy market, a move Nelson says will no doubt hurt the industry.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says farmers will receive compensation for possible losses.

Nelson tells CTV Windsor he's not convinced that'll be enough to stay in business.

"I know they're saying they're going to come out with a compensation package to help farmers. That's a joke. Let's be honest. My point of view is that I'd rather not have a compensation package and keep the market."

He says the dairy industry is slowly be eroded.

"We expected that the dairy industry was going to have to take one for the betterment of all of Canada. Every deal they sign it's always a little more taken away from us."

It's estimated 220,000 Canadian families depend on dairy for their livelihoods.

The USMCA still must be approved by all governments before it can be finalized.

— with files from CTV Windsor's Chris Campbell